Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   474 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I went on a youthLINC mission to Thailand 2 years ago and I don't think a day goes by that I don't think about my experience there. The trip was awesome and the life lessons I learned were (and are) priceless.

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

YouthLINC changed my perspective on service. It helped me realize that I don't have to be in a foreign country to help people. I can find places to serve in my own community. YouthLINC encouraged me to do so.

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

Make 10 million more life time humanitarians!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

As a young teenager I alway had the personal goal to serve internationally. I imagined myself as a college graduate finally being able to do. YouthLinc gave me that opportunity as a high school student and 17 year old girl and the expierence couldn't have been more choice. It completely changed my life. Serving those who need it most, not only in Peru, but in my community, softened my heart and created an insatiable desire to do more. Years since, I look back on my time in Peru as one of the greatest times of my life.

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

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

Chsnge the world in greater capacities.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time in Peru.

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

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

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My daughter had the kind of experience I had always hoped to find for my children. This organization combines local volunteer opportunities with international volunteer opportunities along with the support needed. We loved it!

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

the way it incorporates local community efforts AND international efforts. You get to help in your own community and then you get to take these skills out into the international community. Also, you are helped every step of the way with mentors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

The experiences I had in Kenya still influence my life to this day. It will always have a place in my heart. I continue to talk about it every opportunity I get!

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

my everyday life. I view "service" opportunities completely different. The kindness from the people I met taught me what was most important in life. Relationships are more important than anything material.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I watched my son commit a year of local service before his trip to Kenya. Even after the incredible international trip, he continues to serve his local community, as it has become a natural part of his life. The trip to Kenya opened his eyes to the plight of humans just an airplane ride away. He came back with incredible respect for the joy and hard work the Kenyans are known for, and a new definition of beauty.

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

relation to my son. He cares more about others needs, and recognizes how incredibly fortunate his life is. He values education and wants to continue helping those in Kenya receive one.

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

the high standards and expectations from the volunteers. This organization rules lean and always puts its mission first. The friendships made through service run deep and are built on meaningful foundations.

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

Incredibly giving, competent and professional.

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

Change a generation's mindset and create lifelong volunteers. This could build an endowment of time, money and experience used to provide education to under developed nations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Youthlinc afforded my wife and daugther an opportunity to go and serve. It changed our lives in a funadmental and visceral way. It offers youth an opportunity to serve, look outsides themselves and to expand horizons beyond their bounds. A wonderful organization.

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

Ocotlan, Mexico

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

The youth and their enthusiasm for service and to learn

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

They type of people I would love to have in my organization

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

Fundamentally change youth's lives by reaching out to them and having them serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

YouthLinc has made it possible for me to complete community service internationally. They have created a fun and unique program that allows many students to get a once in a life time opportunity!

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

add other international locations.

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

having the opportunity to volunteer internationally, and personally change the lives of less fortunate people abroad.

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

so original, kind and genuine.

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

help third world countries become first world countries.

Ways to make it better...

the actual stay abroad was more organized and more inclusive.

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

Lack of space for applicants who want to participate.

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

you get the chance to make best friends!

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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9 people found this review helpful

I really like Youthlincs' philosophy of teaching youth to get involved and volunteer.The long term effects of getting students involved in helping others has long term benefits to both the local and world community. Sort of like teaching a man to fish rather than giving him a fish. This is a very special group.

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

motivated young men and women who were doing service work to improve their communities.

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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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-6-01

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