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September 22, 2009

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September 22, 2009

Honestly, when I started, I had no idea what I was in for. I'm a regular local volunteer but I had never really considered anything global. I joined the Kenya trip in 2006 hoping to burst out of my bubble and gain new insights. I was not expecting much at all, but what I got out of it was beyond imagination. YouthLINC opened up a whole new world for me. Not only was I able to experience the lifestyle/hardships/limitations of living in a developing country, I was able to help teach and guide the new generation of that country to greater heights. But it wasn't me who changed them, it was them who changed me, dramatically. I learned how to look from the eyes of a different person, a deaf person, a mute person. Whoever it is, I learned to communicate in a more straightforward yet caring manner. YouthLINC has definitely helped shape who I am today. By all means, whatever I become, I will never ever forget YouthLINC. Whatever it takes, I'll travel with the group again. Did I make a difference? A dot here and there, yes. Is YouthLINC making a difference? You bet. It's a black hole.

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

Organize more trips per summer. There should be a group going to one destination every month during summer.

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

The medical exposure. What I saw through 1 day of observation at the hospital we donated to is still vivid in my mind.

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

Kindred spirits! Most of us still keep in contact.

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I had realize sooner the amount of effort you put in equates the rewarding feeling and unforgettable memories you get out times about 1E100.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 21, 2009

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September 21, 2009

YouthLinc was the most amazing experience of my life! It started off my summer with a bang. The children were so humble and friendly. I made so many friends! The people are beautiful and very hospitable. I will never forget Home and Life Orphanage and the schools we worked with. Humanitarianism is definitely a big part of my life from now on.

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

the best people in the world! Im so glad i got to make many new friends.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 21, 2009

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September 21, 2009

My husband and I were given the opportunity to be involved with Youthlinc through our Rotary Club. This program is one of the best I have seen in creating life long humanitarians. I was very impressed with the efforts the students made in having an impact in the lives of people in their own community as well as our world community. We went to Piedres Negras and were deeply touched by the people we were able to help there. We can't wait until our son is old enough to participate in a Youthlinc program!

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

create humanitarians all over the world. Introducing the world and the needs people have in it to students will have a profound effect on the lives of many people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 21, 2009

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September 21, 2009

I was able to go to Thailand to the village of Ban Talae Nok with a YouthLinc alumni group. We were able to interact with the villagers and teach dental hygene, personal hygene, share cultural and social experiences and financial accounting. The villagers were very hospitable and I think they that we learned from them as they learned from us.

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

dedicated to making a difference in people lives.

Ways to make it better...

half of the group would not have come down with food poisoning the day we arrive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 21, 2009

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September 21, 2009

As a Rotarian, I was thrilled to learn about the YouthLINC opportunity for youth when I was attending the 2007 Rotary International convention in SLC. YouthLINC's mission of 'creating lifetime humanitarians' aligns perfectly with the Rotary motto of 'service above self.' The Rotary Club of Rochester, Minnesota has partnered with YouthLINC for the past two years to include Minnesota students in the program, and is looking forward to continuing to do so long into the future. I was fortunate to be an adult mentor to Kenya in 2008 and have nothing but high praise for the way this organization is run and the unrivaled opportunities it provides to youth, both locally and internationally.

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

seeing students get turned on to service and develop a deeper understanding of how their actions can make our community and our world a better place.

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

amazing, incredible, untiring, passionate, motivating, enthusiastic, involved, engaged, fantastic, awe-inspiring, dedicated, supportive, wonderful -- there are none better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 21, 2009

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September 21, 2009

I am so impressed with what Youthlinc accomplishes. They build future leaders by expecting responsibility in accomplishment thru service. Desire to serve is essential at Youthlinc. A determined amount of service within their community before any young adult can travel to have the unusual experience of serving and working for those in need in a foreign country. This is a Win Win Win approach for all involved. What an opportunity for our youth to grow into responsible caring adults. Their program is awesome!!

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

Enthusiastic, dedicated, uplifting, and most of all impressive!! They believe in their purpose. The students who report on their experiences are affected by the service they do and see it's results.

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

They'd build more leaders and expand to other areas of the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 19, 2009

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September 19, 2009

I went on a YouthLinc Trip several years ago with my oldest son to Mexico. This trip was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The time that I was able to spend with my son, and the other YouthLinc volunteers is priceless. Not only were we involved in a worthwhile humanitarian experience, the time spent bonding with my son was most rewarding. I would unequivocally endorse this trip to any parent to take with their child.

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

Being able to participate with my son.

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

Like minded, friendly, respectful, and a lot of fun!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

September 19, 2009

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September 19, 2009

My daughter was a Youthlinc volunteer to Kenya in 2008. Overall, the program was well run and the focus on developing lifetime humantarians was well-conceived. As parents we observed the positive impact of the program on our daughter's development, and have only positive comments on the program. Although the culmination of the project is a volunteer trip to a developing country, it is the day-to-day experience of volunteering locally, and the guidance provided by Youthlink staff and mentors during the formative months which is the most meaningful. I would highly recommend the program to young people of all ages.

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

of the highest caliber and highly motivated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 19, 2009

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September 19, 2009

I am a parent to two Youthlinc participants. One daughter went to Yanamono, Peru and the other daughter went to Thailand this past summer. Each has become more fully aware of the lives of others and has gained more insight as to the bounties we have here. On both trips the girls were out of their comfort zone, both physically and emotionally. In Peru, the team worked to complete a "schoolroom" as well as prepare an hour lesson and activity for the school children. The school was completed and the children now have a room with a roof over their heads, and some rough shelves for books and benches to sit on. The youthlinc group also learned much about the construction trade and about the people they live and worked with. The group that went to Thailand did much the same, but different. After an 18 hour flight and an attempt at rest in a foreign hotel, they were assigned a villager to live with and help. This village had had been in the path of the Tsnumi that hit Thailand several years ago. This village was quite close in promimity to Puequet, the resort area of Thailand, and most of the villagers make products to sell to the visitors. The group also prepared educational lessons for them, and for those who needed it - computer skills were taught. Once again, there was a language and cultural barrier that needed to be overcome. Youthlinc provided the people with the skills and abilities to help the group be successful in their mission of service. The knowledge and skills that each team member gained will be theirs forever. Youthlinc provides a way to help those who want to do more than wish they could do something.

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

seeing my daughters change.

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

They truly have their mission at heart

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

Trained and willing to help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 18, 2009

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September 18, 2009

I joined Youthlinc in 2005 to help out with computer issues. I became fascinated with their objectives and the obvious impact this organization has on young people. In the summer of 2006 my husband, son , and I went to Kenya on a humanitarian trip with Youthlinc. It was an amazing experience that changed our lives. The following year I went back with another son. Then I returned a third time in 2008. Youthlinc definitely turns young students and anybody who goes as a mentor into a life long humanitarian. The impact on the communities in the countries Youthlinc serves are as positively impacted by the service rendered as are the students and mentors rendering the service. The organization is well organized and runs very efficiently!

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

Kenya. I have participated in 3 Kenya trips and everyone was amazing and life changing. I did not go this year and I have missed it..so much so that I am going on their alum trip doing service in Mexico during the Christmas holiday.

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

my interaction with the children in Kenya. I have made life long friends in Africa. I email and have some facebook contacts and keep taps on the children, schools, and hospitals where we served.

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

change that many more lives. Every year the 4 different programs have long waiting lists, and many students can't go.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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