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August 21, 2009

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August 21, 2009

Most incredible life changing experience ever. I highly suggest anyone and EVERYONE to do something like this. Youthlinc has got it all set up so great- helping you learn everything you are going to be doing, teaching, and helping with. This has opened so many doors for all who have gone and will go in the future- I know I plan to return!

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

everyway, learning and growing as a humanitarian, student, and young woman.

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

Not a single thing, I wouldn't have learned as much if it was any different.

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

Getting to know lifelong friends. The service directory for the whole state is fantastic. The trip was incredible- words can't even begin to describe.

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

So helpful and great to work with, always willing to help you work it out

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

Change the world. Literally, with how smart they are with money and the way they use it to continue generating itself, the sky isn't the limit, it is the starting line!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time in the village with the people (there isn't enough time in the world to give them!)

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

Not letting every applicant have the experience

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

I know that this was the first experience of many with Youthlinc for me- I look so forward to my future with them! :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 21, 2009

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August 21, 2009

What do you say about the organization that changed your life? What can you even say? I could barely even rate it with five stars because it simply wasn’t enough! Out of all the amazing things I could say YouthLinc, one thing I simply must mention is that it completely changed my life. Once an irritable and confused teenager, I seldom found activities outside of dance and socializing even remotely interesting. I was always cognizant of my interest in helping people, so I finally looked into humanitarian work. I was immediately informed of YouthLinc, hearing it was life changing, amazing and such a great experience. After being accepted into the program as a participant on the 2009 Kenya Team, I attended my first meeting and almost instantly knew it was one of the best choices I had made in my life so far. From then on I looked forward to Saturday monthly meetings; to me, it was ideal: I was with a group of people who shared the same interests and goals that I did (many of whom turned out to be true best friends that I still keep in touch with), I was planning fundraising activities, developing my lesson plan to teach at the primary schools in Kiamuri, and discussing in country festivities and plans. There was never a dull moment for me, and never a moment where I wasn’t completely involved and excited for the experience ahead of me. Through YouthLinc I also met another amazing group of people in my local service opportunity (a 100-hour requirement is asked of Kenya participants, a standard I believe to be both an interesting and fun opportunity), including my ‘little sister’ Lucy Medina, via the Big Brother Big Sister program, which I came across in the YouthLinc Service Directory. Before I knew it I was a week away from my highly anticipated departure for Kenya, and I was more excited than ever! The experience in Kiamuri is so beyond words that I can barely even begin to describe it. All I can say is that I am humbled, changed, and truly amazed because of the things I saw, people I met, and things that happened to me in Kenya. After meeting the all the kindest people literally in the entire world, I felt that building onto their secondary school wasn’t enough! By the end of the trip I wanted to sit down with every person in the village to hear their story, and offer them any help I could. In Kenya, through teaching Geography in the primary schools, building at the construction site for the secondary school, donating the soccer jerseys, working with the village’s women for Micro Finance, and donating supplies for the health fair, I unquestionably experienced a life-changing trip. I am without a doubt a changed person – I have even declared my major on my college applications as international nursing, and have applied to community service oriented schools, as it is now my chief interest and goal in life. In fact I had such an incredible experience that I decided I simply must return. So, after applying for the Kenya Alum Leader position, I will return to Kenya in the summer of 2010 as the Alum Leader! I truly cannot say how thankful and excited I am to reunite with my brothers and sisters I met in Kenya once again. There’s really not much more I can say about such a remarkable organization, only that prospective students have my most sincere encouragement and congratulation. Amongst all the lessons I learned from my time spent in Kenya, I must say that I have learned to live more simply and love more freely – one of the most valuable lessons in life. Thank you for such an amazing experience YouthLinc!

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

meeting a group of amazing people that are genuinely and sincerely interested in helping people and making the world a better place; developing my organization and communication skills as they relate to humanitarian work (or any field of work)

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

professional, dedicated, organized, and incredibly kind!

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

do the best job at adequately and efficiently distributing the funds to those who not only need it, but truly appreciate it and use it to generate more wealth ('give a man a fish or teach him to fish' philosophy).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 21, 2009

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August 21, 2009

I have been fortunate enough to travel twice with Youthlinc to Kenya. These trips have paved the way for what I have decided to do as far as schooling and career goals are concerned. Interacting with, and teaching the children in Kenya was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Not only does this organization help you see the need for service in your local community, it opens your eyes to the influence you can have on an international scale. The things I learned from Youthlinc have helped me to have more of a desire to consistently serve in my own life.

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

various ways in my own life. I have become more aware of ways I can serve and I have learned skills to use in my career.

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

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

interacting with all the new people I got to meet.

Ways to make it better...

the communication between the site contacts and Youthlinc was improved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 20, 2009

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August 20, 2009

I can honestly say that YouthLINC has changed me for the better. I first came across the organization in 2007 when I spoke with a past volunteer. After finding out a little more about the program, I knew it was for me, so I signed up. Throughout the 2007-2008 service year, I volunteered in my local community at various organizations. From there I learned to be relied upon volunteer and the relationships and connections that I made will be remembered forever. In the summer of 2008, I traveled to Peru to work in Santa Rosa. I assisted the Team Dentist in doing tooth extractions to relieve pain. The people were so grateful of our services and it definitely put a smile on my face. I thought going down to Peru, I would be inflicting change. Actually the change was done on me. Working with the villagers and seeing the hardwork they put into maintaining the village and the love for their neighbors, and for YouthLINC volunteers, really opened up my eyes. The comaraderie they have for one another and their will to live on the very little necessities definitely humbled me. After the trip I realized that I needed to return. I served as the Alum Leader for the Peru 2009 team and I will be serving as the Team Leader for the Peru 2010 team. I really love the program and strongly encourage those who want to make a difference to join. The program has definitely turned me into a lifetime humanitarian!

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

I was a volunteered and an Alum Leader for 2 consecutive trips to Peru

Ways to make it better...

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

do nothing. The staff already do a great job.

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

is the friendships that I made along the way.

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

some of the best people that anyone could ever know. They epitomize the meaning of "Lifetime Humanitarians"

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

help many more countries.

Ways to make it better...

nothing. My experience was already great.

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

nothing. Everything is catered to the volunteers and those being served.

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

This program is awesome and it is definitely responsible for turning me into the person I am today.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 20, 2009

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August 20, 2009

YouthLINC is quite simply the best youth service organization I have ever worked with. It is such an amazing thing to watch young men and women change over the course of a year as their eyes are opened to the reality of the needs that exist in their local community as well as the rest of the world. Every youth who participates in the program is changed for the good in a very profound way.

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

Peru with my daughter and about 27 other wonderful young men and women.

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

Watching young men and women come to the realization of how blessed their lives are and develop a commitment to bless the lives of others through their service.

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

Outstanding. Full of enthusiasm and energy. They are committed to the mission of the organization.

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

Roll the program out to other areas and touch the lives of thousands more youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 20, 2009

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August 20, 2009

YouthLinc, is so amazing!! I know that it's helped me become a better person. I learned that they care about eachother, the reason I know this is because of one little girl. She when we were giving clothes away would only take one shirt instead of two, because she new that there were so many others behind her who needed the clothes more then she. Because of her example, it made me become so much more greatful for all I've been given and all that I have. They have nothing, but yet they are happy and the most caring people I know, and who I want to strive to be more like them. They are Giving and Loving to everyone around them, it doesn't matter where your from or what you look like, they will always love you. I know by this expirence I am more willing to show people my love towards them.

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

Whatching all of the people want, give thanks and all the children crying because of what we did for them.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make our days there more organized

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

Playing with the kids and having them run to me when I got off the boats.

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

Awesome and willing to serve those in need of it.

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

Have a bigger impact on the villages that we worked in.

Ways to make it better...

I knew spanish fluently so I would be able to talk with them.

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

I have any idea.

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

Bring more doctors and dentists, to come and help them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 20, 2009

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August 20, 2009

I have had the opportunity to travel with Youthlinc to Thailand just over a year ago and it was the most amazing and life changing experience of my life. Without the Youthlinc organization I would most likely have never had such a positive experience that has continually proven to change my life and broaden my horizons.

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

The number of life skills that I learned and continue to learn through service experiences and involvement with the volunteers and staff of Youthlinc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 19, 2009

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August 19, 2009

I have had the opportunity of traveling with youthlinc to both meru kenya and ocotlan mexico. Because those trips have impacted me so much in the next year I will go with youthlinc to chiapas mexico as well as peru. Youthlinc is an amazing opportunity for youth to discover what it means to serve others. I was able to see for myself how fortunate i really am to live where i do and have what i have and because it made me aware of the needs that others have youthlinc has allowed me to want to continue to serve others throughout my life. This organization is all about helping but it is also an opportunity to learn leadership, work, and teamwork skills that are invaluable. I'm grateful for youthlinc and what it has done for me.

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

Its about learning, growing and helping

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

very helpful and taught me about there professions as well as service.

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

bless the lives of the youth here a well as the local community and communities throughout the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 19, 2009

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August 19, 2009

I have traveled with YouthLINC on two occasions. Both have been unforgettable, life changing experiences. This organization is one of the best of its kind! It truly makes a difference in the lives of everyone involved!

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

every aspect of my life.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the fact that once you are involved, you will always want to stay involved.

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

amazing, inspirational, dedicated, professional, and wonderful people.

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

make such a tremendous impact on the youth involved and the lives they touch. It would be 1000 times stronger (which seems impossible)!

Ways to make it better...

I could do it more often!!

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

funding!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 19, 2009

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August 19, 2009

My daughter went to Africa three years ago with YOUTHLINC.... changed her life forever - she came home with a humanitarian heart on fire! YOUTHLINC changed our whole family - we all have the bug! I went with YOUTHLINC on a Alumni trip this spring to Thailand and my life was transformed! I saw and did things i did not believe possible. Stood and cried as i entered my first buddhist temple, threw my heartache into the indian ocean and stood back and watched my daughter grow and stretch her arms open even farther to embrace the people of thailand. We had an amazing time. It connected us in a way that is hard to describe! When you go on these trips you think you are going to make a difference when really the difference happens in you! I met so many wonderful americans on the trip and we bonded...... it is a highlight of my 47 years! Youthlinc inspires and creates a place for people to find their soul and expand that to reach places unknown! I am pleased to be part of the youthlinc family! I feel blessed and honored to have spent time with 'youthlincers!' The spirit of humanitarianism is alive and well with this group! they head out with the hope and desire to do good deeds and they do... changing lives one heart at a time! I find it pure joy to watch my one and only daughter find her way in this life through helping others.... no better gift and she means it from her toes to her nose! Youthlinc was her jumping off point and i believe that she is headed to so pretty amazing things in life because of this experience! Thank-you Youthlinc for allowing me an front row seat to so much hard wok, concern, caring and magic! it is a beautiful thing! Much Peace!!! wendy hanson

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

watching my daughter grow and sharing a trikp with her that was beyond amazing! We are a good team and her life is going in directions i am so proud of because of her time with YOUTHLINC!!!!!!

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

watching young people find their humanitarian hearts!!!

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

Hard working, funny, caring, kind, at times silly and the most open hearted people i know!!!

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

Change the World!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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