Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   474 reviews

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Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc was amazing! I absolutely loved every minute I was able to be apart of the organization. I went on a service trip to Kenya, Africa this past summer. Youthlinc really made sure that everyone on the team was well taken care of and safe. Not for one moment did I think I wasn't safe or taken care of. The leaders of this organization are incredible! They make sure you feel welcome and have a great experience. I highly recommend using Youthlinc if you are ever thinking about going on an humanitarian trip. They really are the best! I cant wait to go on more service trips with Youthlinc throughout the years!

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

Nothing

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  

I returned to Youthlinc in 2013 to be an Alumni Leader for the Thailand team. It was amazing getting to experience helping other teenagers make a change in the world, both locally and internationally. Locally, everyone worked hard to serve their communities by consistently volunteering at various sites, while internationally, we all committed ourselves to helping the generous Thai and Burmese people around us. Youthlinc provided an excellent avenue for young adults to experience serving others while learning about life and the world from the people they served.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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 teaches students so much about serving the community and helping anyone. The program far exceeded my expectations, and I made so many new friends through doing service with them. I feel like Youthlinc truly helped me make a difference through service.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Youthlinc is a wonderful organization that strives to provide leadership opportunities to youth while finding sustainable solutions to help those less fortunate. I was able to participate in an international trip to Kenya this past June and I can say it was one of the most challenging and heartwarming experiences I have ever had.

It was great seeing all of the hard work planning over the months leading up to the trip come to life once in country. The team worked so well together and was so flexible when something came up and plans changed.

Over all this was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it to friends!

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

Put more focus on community health and vocational programs. There was such a great response from the women in the village and it would be great to extend these programs to the men in the village as well.

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?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Youthlinc is very good at keeping you well informed and busy the entire time you're in the country. Not only do you get to teach the locals there something new, but you learn things yourself, too, whether it's about yourself or about the people you're helping. There was perfect balance between interacting with those we were helping and getting to know more about them and doing other activities such as construction. I would definitely recommend this organization to a friend!

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

Let them know first thing exactly how much work will be going into the trip before they even leave. I thought all I had to do was 80 hours of local service and fundraise for my personal funds, but then all of the sudden I was expected to participate in a yard sale that raised funds for the team as a whole and collect money for "Love Youthlinc Day," which was hard because I had already asked everyone I knew to donate to my personal funds, and I didn't want to put pressure on them to donate more.

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?

2014

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Rating: 3 stars  

Youthlinc is absolutely one of the best non profits out there right now. It gives students a chance to travel and make a world wide difference.

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

I would change how we all interact at the beginning. None of us got the chance to really get to know each other.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Jen - We are confused why we got three stars out of five if we are 'one of the best nonprofits out there right now.' Please let me know what was the issue. Thanks so much for your involvement!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My year with Youthlinc really changed my life. From the moment my team all met for the first time, to the second we boarded the plane to come home from Cambodia. It really helped to have such an amazing team along side me, going through the exact same things I was going through. We all got along so well. A lot better than I thought we were going to. We became a family on this trip. We stuck together and never left a single person out. I truly think the Cambodia team was the best team here. We were all so determined to fundraise and help. We all worked so hard to get to out goals. We were even determined to have the best lessons to teach the kids there. We spend so much time thinking of ways to make our lessons even better. We revised them about four times each! Every thing we were going to be doing over there was so important to us. We wanted to make sure everything was perfect. I do think we deserve so recognition for out hard work. My trip with Youthlinc was something I will never forget. Our hard work was greatly appreciated by the villagers. It really touched my heart to see how excited they were with everything we had done. I felt very honored while I was there. I feel so lucky that I got to be a part of it. They were so welcoming from when we arrived, to the day we left. I learned that even the smallest things, can make the greatest impact on a person. We changed their lives as they changed mine. It was truly the experience of a life time. I have made life long friends within the group and also back in Cambodia. I will definitely try to go back and volunteer and help out as much as I can! I hope that next years Cambodia team will live up to our teams standards. I think we really raised the bar this year and I hope it gets raised even higher next year. I want to personally thank Youthlinc for being so incredible. Without it, I don't think I would have been able to have had this amazing, life changing experience. Youthlinc helps change the lives of so many people and with their help, I got to change lives too. I can't even begin to thank Youthlinc enough! I hope it keeps helping people like me, to change the lives of others. Thank you Youthlinc, for making 2012 the greatest year by far for me!!!

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?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

My international service trip to Thailand this July was amazing. Our team was extremely hard working and we were able to change the lives of everyone involved in the Burmese learning center. We constructed a back wall for the learning center to prevent burglars from breaking in, assembled a hydroponic garden so the school could be more self sufficient and not only have more food to consume but be able to sell to local restaurants as well. Our team also assembled and cemented an entire playground for the kids, dug multiple six foot holes for a septic tank, made a gutter for proper drainage of water, cleaned and remodeled the cleaning areas so dishes could be sanitary, and much more. Another great experience was bonding with the Burmese children and also having cultural conversations with poor fisherman. These experiences changed my life and will forever make me more grateful of the people i am surrounded by and the things I own.

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

Try to get mentors to use more positive reinforcement. There were several experiences where the leaders used intimidation rather than making everyone feel like a team. With all the effort every student put in to make this trip possible I believe they deserve to be positively reinforced and treated with respect.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Thank you for your comment on mentors who you feel were not positive with you. That is not the Youthlinc way. Please know that we do our best to select and train mentors (adult professionals) who travel with our teams. However, everyone is their own person, with their own personality and style, and sometimes either the advice and training we offer does not 'stick' or sometimes it is a personality conflict between two or more individuals. In any event, we are really sorry that you had this issue on a Service Year trip. Please know that we will continue our efforts to provide quality service leadership experiences for Utah students, and will continue to work with mentors in their important role of facilitating these experiences. Thank you for your participation!

Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in Youthlinc this past year, and it is incredible. Unlike many similar organizations, Youthlinc does not just impose itself in the lives of the people it serves internationally, but instead asks what the community needs and does what it can to give the community that thing. My trip to Guatemala was a life-changing experience, not least because Youthlinc provided an environment for positive interactions and connections with the Guatemalans and the other team members. I will never forget the time I spent with the Guatemalan people. Not only did we work on two construction projects and life skills lessons (English and sewing), but we got to experience the culture of Guatemala, and show them a bit of our own culture. The trip went so smoothly, and preparations were not at all lacking, and it was much more fun than I expected. I was also changed by the local service I did with Youthlinc (the organization's main focus). I loved that I could choose a service site that matched my interests and even experiment with different sites for some of my local service hours. I will not forget this year and I will certainly stay involved with Youthlinc. Its mission to create lifetime humanitarians is being fulfilled from what I can see.

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 Youthlinc experience has been absolutely amazing. Last year I went to Guatemala and the people there changed my life. I fell in love with their culture and their ability to be so happy with so little. Watching someones face after you have served them is priceless. I loved Youthlinc and it's motives so much that I went back this year as an Alum leader on the thailand july team. I fell in love with the Burmese kids from the moment we drove up to the school. The second i got out of the bus, little kids came up to me and were waving, smiling, and giving me high fives. Moments like that make you stop and think about what you are doing. Giving a small child a high five in Thailand is service. Watching kids faces light up at their new playground is service. Digging a 7ft deep hole with a hoe usually isn't what someone would do for fun, but with youthlinc it is fun. The wonderful thing about the international service trips is that the work people do is not temporary, it is designed to help in the future too.
In thailand this year we built a playground for the kids. A playground may not seem like a big deal to an american kid but to a Burmese kid, it is a reason to come to school. I remember our in country coordinator saying that because of that playground, more kids will want to come to school. That playground may be the start of a little kid getting an education and getting out of poverty. That's a big deal.
Another project that we worked on in Thailand is a bathroom/septic tank for the toddlers. The school already has a bathroom so a second bathroom doesn't seem needed, but it really was. The toddlers aren't big enough to use the bathroom already at the school so they usually just do their business on the floor...gross. With the new bathroom the toddlers will be able to use their smaller toilets. Having pee all over the bathroom floor is one really gross and two not healthy. Health is already an issue with the Burmese refugees and they don't need another factor added to the list of health problems. So the bathroom was a needed project that will benefit the kids in the future.
Youthlinc is such a special program. After being involved with it the last 2 years, I don't want to stop! I feel like Youthlinc has inspired me to truly be a lifetime humanitarian.

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

Give the Alum Leaders more responsibility.

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  

This year I was apart of the Guatemala Team with Youthlinc. I was amazed at how involved i was in my community and also in country. I had opportunities to serve all year round with amazing people. After my Youthlinc experience, I noticed that I was always smiling, happy, and willing to serve. This organization is remarkable and I recommend that everyone should apply to be apart of any Youthlinc team.

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

I would make this program available to more 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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My entire family has always been involved with youthlinc and my sister had previously gone on a trip to Guatemala two years before I was selected to go on my service trip. My sister came home and loved her experience so much I knew I would want to have the same experience as her. Once I was old enough I applied right away and luckily was able to be selected to go on the Thailand July team. All of out meeting throughout the year helped build the excitement to the upcoming trip. Having our 80 hours of service was stressful but well worth it in the end and helped you realize that you don't need to go to an international country to make a difference. Finally we were able to leave on our trip and it reached far beyond my expectations. Everything there was wonderful and I loved every aspect of it. The people and the kids and the whole culture was amazing and I fell in love with the beautiful country.

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

Nothing, I thought everything was very organized and planned wonderfully.

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  

On my Youthlinc trip to Guatemala I learned so much more about the world then I ever could have in a classroom. My service year began in 2013, and without the motivation I received from Youthlinc I would not have made the impact that I did in my community. In Guatemala my committee assisted in educating the local youth as well as assisting three families in starting a self sustaining livestock business. Overall I think that Youthlinc far exceeds expectations in it development of the lives of it's volunteers, as well as the development the service creates in communities in need, both foreign and domestic.

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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