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  

8 people found this review helpful

Youthlinc is dedicated to creating humanitarians for life. Judy Zone is a sterling example and has influenced the lives of youth and adults alike. Youthlinc is an amazing program!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Salt Lake City

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

Enthusiastic

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

Change more lives

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

My daughter has been forever influenced by her service trips with youthlinc as a highchool student and later as a mentor. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to participate in a trip to Kenya. Youthlinc is an exceptional program for all who are involved in its mission to change the world.

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

very kind and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Youthlinc is AMAZING! I enjoyed service before, but my experience with Youthlinc really just got me hooked. The organization is well thought out and the projects that youth do are both meaningful and an excellent learning opportunity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life. The purpose of youthlinc is to encourage lifelong service in youth and I am definitely hooked.

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

try to find a more effective way of improving the local economy by buying products over there and bringing almost nothing from the states.

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

the new perspective that I found on not only service, but the world in general. I got to see how much of the rest of the world lives and realized that I can share some of the many blessings in my life with others.

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

amazing!

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

change the lives of so many new volunteers! Which would have a snowball effect of a huge global change.

Ways to make it better...

it could have been longer. When the program was done, I was not ready to be done yet.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably safety. It's becoming more and more difficult to send a group of American young adults to less stable countries to serve.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This organization turns young people into service minded humantarians. It is unlike any organization that I know. It changes the lives of not just the served in countries all over the world but changes the lives of the youth doing the service. The thank you letters I get from the students I have helped support in their desire to make a difference has showed me that this is a life changing organization.

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

the positive influence it has on young people early in their lives...creating a future life of service to humanity.

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

very dedicated

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

involve even more young people doing good things in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I was involved with YouthLINC several summers and it was such an amazing experience!! It helped me get out my comfort zone and experience life in a whole new way!

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

were such amazing people!! I loved my experience with YouthLINC

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I traveled with YouthLinc to Kenya in 2002 and it was an opportunity that I will never regret taking and an experience I will never forget. I appreciated that we were required to do service in our local areas first in order to receive a partial scholarship toward the service experience in Africa. I met great people, I learned a lot about the culture, and I still use the things I learned to share with others. Serving locally and internationally within the same year helped me understand the variety of needs that are in the world and that there are so many different ways we can serve our fellow man, even if it seems a small thing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My realization that anything that you can do for another person - large or small - can benefit their life.

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

The experience to travel internationally and learn about another culture.

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

Build many more schools for the disadvantaged!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I participated in the Youthlinc trip to Mexico this past summer as a volunteer mentor. I was very impressed with the way Youthlinc motivates youth to get involved in service--both locally and internationally. This creates 'life-time humanitarians', contributes to our local community, exposes youth to diverse populations, and fosters cultural sensitivity, all in the context of service. I would highly recommend getting involved with Youthlinc.

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

I really enjoyed seeing the particpants engaged in service work. They were very passionate about the trip and excited to get to work in Mexico.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

As I went through the daily life in the impoverished town of Ocotlan, Mexico, I realized the importance of service all over the world. Something I noticed about YouthLINC is that it isn't the type of service that once you leave the service site, everything goes away. We helped the people build a foundation for their lives that will continue to affect them and the ones after them. Not only that, but the local service required for the international service changed me as a person and I realized how much help is needed right outside the door of my home. The program is extremely organized and all the mentors and leaders are constantly in contact with you. You are in collaboration with an amazing group of individuals who have a passion for helping people. You can be in this program and spend virtually no money. There are so many generous people that are willing to donate to make an international experience possible. YouthLINC has given me means to be a life long humanitarian which I absolutely plan to do. Thank you so much for the experience of a lifetime!!

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

My ability to connect with the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have been with YouthLINC on two trips, both times to Peru. My second trip was a part of my Thesis research for Cultural Anthropology. YouthLINC was a case-study for a broader, critical, investigation into the relationship between non-profit groups and the communities they visit. Specifically focusing on the water treatment systems YouthLINC supported in two communities, I found that YouthLINC is an incredibly culturally-sensitive organization, with very thorough and well thought out programs. The water systems and the education programs were helpful, sustainable, as well as community-driven. Over the span of my research (4 years) YouthLINC had instigated profound change in the communities they helped. The communities were able to sustain that change, and saw results. The individuals who participated in YouthLINC were not only volunteering as a part of another Eco-tourism trip, or exotic volunteering. All volunteers had significant volunteering experience within their own communities in the U.S. prior to the trip, something YouthLINC requires. YouthLINC continues to adapt their practices to better serve the communities and their volunteers. As an organization, they are aware of the issues that go along with international service. Their program is not one that pushes a biased agenda, they work to provide aid based on each community's needs and wants. YouthLINC, like any non-profit involved in international service, can always work to create a more sustainable and culturally sensitive program, but through my research I see YouthLINC as an organization that seeks and welcomes growth, an attribut that will help them to learn and continue to improve. I value my experience with YouthLINC, and through my time with them I know that they have achieved their goal by creating a "lifelong humanitarian" in me.

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

Seeing the progress from 2004 until now. YouthLINC has changed a great deal- for the better- and it was incredible to see how the communities had grown and improved. From talking with the community-members, I can see that they truly appreciate YouthLINC.

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

Very driven and eager to work rather than just enjoy the trip, and after the trip, the volunteers are still dedicated to service.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I worked with YouthLINK my senior year of high school & traveled with them the following summer to Peru. Of all the experiences in my life, Youthlink was one of the most impacting and far reaching. It made me a more focused and dedicated student in school because I knew I was working towards a valuable goal. It opened my eyes even more than I expected to the cultures of our world and the effects of service to one another. Judy Zone is easily one of the most sincer, hardworking, inspired, dedicated, and caring leaders I've worked under. She has created such a balanced service program. The idea of working locally so we don't forget service can be done in our own towns, working with rotary to better understand the large humanitarian organizatins, and serving abroad on large scale projects that we've all prepaired and put together is a tour de force for teaching and strenghening our youth (and myself at that age.) My sister-in-law was involved later for a project in Kenya, and it too set her on a course of success in her life! The program instilled in me confidence, joy, and dedication in life.

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

the character building effects.

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

educated, dedicated, and passionate.

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

rock the boat!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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