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  

11 people found this review helpful

The definition and mission statement of YouthLinc- "Creating humanitarians for life." I am living proof of this. Before I became introduced to this organization, I had always tried to make service a part of my life. It wasn't until I joined this amazing group that I truly came to love serving my fellow men. I was able to go to Thailand to dedicate 2 weeks of my life to serve the people of Thailand. But what is most amazing about this organization is not just the international service we do, but the dedication to serving those in our own communities as well. The required 80 hours of community service we do before we go on our trip taught me that service does not have to be some huge effort like traveling across the globe to help out victims of a devistating Tsunami. Serving food to the homeless, ringing the bell for the salvation army, and any small act of service you do truly builds character and makes you realize how truly blessed you are. It has changed my life for the better and I would recommend this organization to anyone and everyone! Thanks Youthlinc!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so amazing to work with. Their hard work and dedication to service truly made this an even more remarkable experience for me! I have come to love many of the staff and volunteers!

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One time

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2009-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I love YouthLINC! My daughter went on the Peru trip and it changed her life. She knows that service will always be a part of her life...and both of us are very happy about that! The value to the community is immeasurable! The international service experience in unbeatable!

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Both as a volunteer and a parent of a participant, the experience is lifechanging!

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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I was able to go to Peru through youthlinc when I was in my Junior year in High School. I was very fortunate. I was able to learn varius things that really build character and set a direction for life. One of the best parts about the program, is the commitment it has us make before going to our humanitarian project site. I had to give 80 hours of meaningful service to the community in the six months prior to the trip. This really was beneficial in for me to realize how much work needs to be done in our community. Also, I realized the importance of service to others through this community service. I was able to interact with children and help them in many different aspects of their lives. this was really rewarding. I also did not realize this until much later on. Also, the trip was amazing. I did not realize how easy it can be to love others in so short a period of time. THat is what service is about. Thanks to youthlinc I was fortunate to learn it young.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

They could help thousands (literally) change their lives both physically and mentally. Many more volunteer would have life changing experiences and have that much more direction in their lives.

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2004-7-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I went to Kenya in 2004 with youthlinc and it changed my life. The experiences locally were great, but once you arrived in Kenya, your entire world changes!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the service is not just international, but it also gave me the opportunity to serve over 100 hours locally.

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About once a year

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2008-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I recently traveled with YouthLINC to Kenya and had an amazing experience. I never imagined myself in a third world country, and I'm grateful for YouthLINC because they gave me the opportunity to see how fortunate we are. Staying in the village of Kiamuri was the ultimate experience and I am so honored to have spent a week there. It's amazing how such a small toy can have such an impact on someone's life. Kenya will be forever in my life, thanks my pen pal from Kiamuri.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If YouthLINC had a million bucks, it could open a new office and give a lot more people a chance at helping others locally and internationally.

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About every month

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2009-7-01

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YouthLINC Is a wonderful Organization! One that is full of hard working people and it truly has changed my life forever. I know that many people want to serve and change the world but through YouthLINC I know that I am closer to reaching that goal. I have traveled with teams from YouthLINC and have met people that are much like me and have made life long friendships. YouthLINC has grown over the years that I have been involved and I can't wait to see where they grow. So many students from all across Utah and hopefully the nation can join in on this surge of Synergy! People are starting to see how important service is and hopefully someday it will become apart of everyone's lives, but I know that YouthLINC has helped me to see that.

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About every month

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2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Prticipating in Youthlinc helped me see the world in a different perspective, and showed me that it really is possible to make a difference in it. Youthlinc's goal is to create lifelong interest in service and it definitely has done this for me.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the emphasis on a long term commitment to service and the opportunity to serve in a different country and see a lifestyle different than mine. The sponsership program makes it possible for people to participate that might be unable to otherwise.

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It could have been longer, and if I were able to return to my service site someday

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2009-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have worked with and around through Youth Linc and our Rotary Club. I also have worked with them at a leadership conference. I have seen so many wonderful accomplishments and life changing developments of the adults and youth that have been involved with them in their projects. All ages and communities are better for their efforts. I would always support their efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the changes and growth of the youth that participated. Their great leadership and energy.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I participated in a service project in Peru. The work that went into setting up this project was amazing yet seamless for the participants. The YouthLinc staff put considerable effort into creating an rewarding and effective plan to improve the lives of villagers along the Amazon and changed my life forever. My group was the first to perform a service poject in the village. We built a secondary school, installed playground equipment, taught classes - both crafts and schoolroom, provided medical care and training, and provided clothing and supplies for the school. Looking back on it, it was amazing all the of improvements we made in a few short weeks. I believe we truly changed the lives of those villagers through our improvements. An amazing way to provide service yet fun, fun, fun. Don't know how YouthLinc does it but they are amazing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it is possible to make huge differences in the lives of others through a grassroots effort. Also, promoting volunteerism locally also has a global effect.

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About every six months

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2008-9-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I traveled with Youthlinc to Kenya in 2002. It was one of the best experiences of my life and has truly inspired my continuing service efforts. I honestly do not go a day without reflecting on my community service hours and service abroad I had with youthlinc and the wonderful friends I made in the process. This organization helped my dreams come to reality and have helped make me a better person.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional and I have made lasting friendships. Everyone involved in this organization is truly there to make this world a better place!

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-1-01

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