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Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   478 reviews 7,635

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Human Services, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Address:

1140 E. Brickyard Rd. # 76 Salt Lake City UT 84106 USA

Mission:

The mission of Youthlinc is to create lifetime humanitarians. Our core programs (Local & International Service Year, Utah Local Service Directory, Young Humanitarian Award, Real Life teen refugee mentoring program) are based in principles from educational and service learning research: student leadership, hands on sustained service which creates an emotional bond, mentoring, project based and cooperative learning.

Results:

Each year, 200 Youthlinc students contribute over 15,000 hours of service in Utah, becoming relied upon volunteers for over 100 community service agencies. Each year, Youthlinc Service Year teams contribute nearly $400,000 in water projects, construction projects, vocational training and equipment, special needs services, school and medical supplies, small loans, and other quality of life initiatives in partnership with impoverished communities in Cambodia, Guatemala, Kenya, Peru, Vietnam and Thailand. Our online Utah Local Service Directory is a resource of student friendly service sites recommended for young people by young people for hands on service in a positive mentoring atmosphere. This resource is available for everyone in the state, and allows volunteers to log, track, and verify their service hours. Our Young Humanitarian Award annually recognizes Utah young people who excel at giving back with a $5,000 college scholarship and three $1,000 runner up awards. Our Real Life teen refugee mentoring program pairs Utah young people with underserved teens in South Salt Lake to deliver a fun and interactive life skills curriculum including financial literacy, health and hygiene, job and college preparation, social skills, and cross cultural activities. Though only 5% -20% of our incoming class of students each year have had any significant volunteering experience, 60-93% of our alums continue to serve in their communities.

Target demographics:

create lifetime humanitarians through local and international service

Direct beneficiaries per year:

200 students, over 100 Utahservice agencies, thousands of individuals in Cambodia, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam.

Geographic areas served:

Utah & 6 developing nations

Programs:

our Service Year, Utah Local Service Directory, Young Humanitarian Award, Real Life refugee teen mentoring program.

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801-467-4417
www.youthlinc.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a parent that had a daughter on the Kenya 2015 trip. Not only was her youthlinc experience in Africa Awesome!!, but it has also magnified her desire to serve others in her community. She is looking for ways to be involved in serving in college and of course talking about her next trip with youthlinc. I always had confidence in Youthlinc that she would be safe and taken care of. I strongly recommend youthlinc to anyone considering it. Plan on sending my last two boys when they are old enough.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is an amazing organization and I really loved volunteering with them. The local service is perfect for getting involved with your community and serving those who need your service. I loved working with the people at my local service site. Real life and Youthlincs partnership is a great one. The international service trip is the perfect ending to the service year. I loved Kenya; the people are amazing, the service is real and lasting and helpful, and the experience is life-changing. I recommend this to anyone interested in falling in love with service.
-Also, for those worried about the cost, I was able to fundraise almost all of my costs. I highly recommend the letter system Youthlinc introduces you to, and if the price is the only thing holding you back, please don't let it. Fundraising works, and this experience is WORTH IT. Thank you Youthlinc!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience this year has been life changing, I was able to volunteer at a school with a high population of refugees students, and saw how important education was for them. The students I worked with were from families in extreme poverty situation here in Salt Lake. When I arrived in Kenya I experienced true poverty. My experience in Kenya was truly magnificent. Working with the children in St. Peter's and Kathwana has changed my life. I feel very close to them, and want to continue working with them in the future. The Youthlinc organization has been wonderful to work with and has Amazing leaders, and mentors that has helped me all along the way.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc has changed my life. Going into the service year, I hadn't realized the importance of local service. Through my time at Horizonte Alternative, I was able to understand the importance of giving back to the community. During my time in Kenya, I saw that poverty is everywhere. I had to go all the way to Kenya to realize that poverty exists at home in Salt Lake City. It was an incredible experience, and I can't wait to continue to volunteer in Salt Lake this fall.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kaysville Rotary Club is a proud donor for many years. We look forward to sponsoring students each year who come back enriched with life changing experiences, while serving their fellow man in far away places.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of Youthlinc as a donor.

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Thank you Kaysville Rotary Club - and so many Rotary Clubs in Utah who support the local and international service that Utah youth contribute through our Service Year. We love Rotary, and we love Kaysville Club!

Rating: 5 stars  

The last time I volunteered with Youthlinc was in 2013. This year I will be volunteering again. I am so excited to meet new people with a similar vision of helping other. My experience in 2013 was life changing and one of the best experiences of my life. I am looking forward to the 2015 service year and working with so many wonderful people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc far exceeded any expectations I had of them. I am so glad I got myself involved in this incredible organization and will be for the rest of my life. They are organized, understanding, helpful, and truly care about their cause and every single person involved with the organization. They work so hard to make the service year the best ever and it always is. You will never regret being involved with Youthlinc because they provide opportunities you cannot get anywhere else. Meeting new people in your community and all over the world, gaining a life-long love for service, being completely changed by the people you meet on your trip and through your local service, and most importantly making a change. I love Youthlinc and recommend it to anyone!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

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This year, traveling to Thailand to help the Burmese people was one of the most life changing experiences I have ever had. Realizing how much we did for these people and how thankful they were for us being there was an incredible feeling. Not only did we go to teach and help the Burmese people but the Burmese people taught us. We left with more knowledge about there culture and way of life then we had arriving. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc was such a life changing experience for me. The way the program is run is wonderful and it honestly does make life long humanitarians. The opportunities they give to serve inside your community and in the outside world are amazing. Not only did I bond with the people of Guatemala but I also with my whole team and I made friendships that will last a lifetime. Youthlinc was one of the bet experiences of my life and I would recommend it to everyone.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My time with Youthlinc was one of the most defining and unforgettable experiences of my life. Youthlinc pushed me to make volunteerism a part of my life and I'm so glad it did. Service has helped to shape the person I'm becoming and has inspired me to dedicate my life to helping others. I can't wait to do another service trip with this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Push students to get to know each other better before the trip.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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