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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Economic Development, International Exchange, Microfinance, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Story

Mikell S.


Rating: 5

Miriam, I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for all you’ve done to help the Mondo Art Project integrate into your programming and really thrive. You are awesome!

Ellie, thank you for the excellent job you did on the art binders - they look great!

Carolyn, Kenzie, and Mallory - thanks for all your help with Real Life when we did our two Mondo Art Project days with the students. Your assistance and feedback helps us make it better and better every year.

Julia, you been just amazing to work with over the years and I’ll miss seeing you around Youthlinc and Real Life. Best of luck to you with your new endeavors!

Judy, I’d like to specifically thank you as well for believing in the Mondo Art Project and seeing it’s value to connect kids around the world and create a cultural exchange opportunity for students on your trips. I hope you feel it has added value to your programming. I am so impressed with Youthlinc, it’s programs, and it’s people. You really make a huge difference in this world and I’m really proud to be partnered with you and am excited to see how this partnership continues to evolve.

Thanks again for everything!