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  

Participating in Youthlinc has been the best thing I have ever done in my life. I learned many life lessons that I will continue to carry with me. I got experience in leadership, planning large projects, and following through with them. I would love to participate in Youthlinc every year and I wish everyone would get that opportunity. Working with my team and team leaders was so enjoyable. I will never forget the people that I have shared this experience with. I loved that I got to serve my community before I went and served internationally. It really made me feel like I was making a difference here at home and across the world. I love that we get to plan our in-country projects before we are actually at our site. It made the projects much more meaningful. That being said, the best part was obviously being in-country. My time in Africa changed my life. The people there have so little but are grateful for so much. They are the happiest people I have ever met. And I love knowing that their joy is real, honest, genuine joy. Not joy that comes from material items. They make you feel so welcome and make you feel like you have a home there in Africa. They are the type of people I would love to surround myself with because their smiles and happiness are contagious. The kids are also right up there with the people. They are so amazing! They are loving, caring, funny, genuine, happy, and so so much more. I met so many kids who wanted to be doctors, pilots, teachers, etc. Their dreams motivate me to keep working towards mine. I have learned to love and appreciate where I come from and to be grateful for everything and every opportunity I have had and will have. But more importantly, I have learned to love, appreciate, and be grateful for the people of Kajuki. I wish they knew how indebted I am to them. I will never forget their sweet spirits and angelic smiles. This has truly been the best experience. Thank you Youthlinc for giving me this opportunity.

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

The only thing I wish was a little different was having more time to bond with my team before leaving the country.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc has done more than change my life. Youthlinc has united me with different people and cultures around the globe, left me humbled and made me realize what it means to be a descent human being. Anyone would be lucky to be apart of such an outstanding organization. Youthlinc truely changes lives and creates lifetime humanitarians.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

I volunteered once a week at a daycare and it was really awesome and fun! then once i was in-country doing service and actually seeing all the planning go into place and see it in action was way cool! I could actually see the things that we were doing were making a difference in those peoples' lives.

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

open more service sites for more people to have opportunities to be able to go

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc has changed my views on the world. It makes me realize how licht we are to love in this wonderful country and to have so many things we have. I love how Youthlinc focuses on local service before we go on the international service trip. It makes you appreciate doing service here and makes you get in the habit of doing service before we leave to the international site.

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

Change nothing! Of course every organization has its ups and downs but Youthlinc seems to work great!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was the most amazing experience of my life. I loved my group, the people of Peru. I felt that we were actually useful in the village. We built a school house, garden, bridge, and sidewalks. I knew we were helpful because the people were so grateful for us and loved us. I would recommend this to anyone this was a life changing experience.

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

I would change the organization of the projects. I had no idea what was happening most of the time in out in country meetings.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Miriam, I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for all you’ve done to help the Mondo Art Project integrate into your programming and really thrive. You are awesome!

Ellie, thank you for the excellent job you did on the art binders - they look great!

Carolyn, Kenzie, and Mallory - thanks for all your help with Real Life when we did our two Mondo Art Project days with the students. Your assistance and feedback helps us make it better and better every year.

Julia, you been just amazing to work with over the years and I’ll miss seeing you around Youthlinc and Real Life. Best of luck to you with your new endeavors!

Judy, I’d like to specifically thank you as well for believing in the Mondo Art Project and seeing it’s value to connect kids around the world and create a cultural exchange opportunity for students on your trips. I hope you feel it has added value to your programming. I am so impressed with Youthlinc, it’s programs, and it’s people. You really make a huge difference in this world and I’m really proud to be partnered with you and am excited to see how this partnership continues to evolve.

Thanks again for everything!

Mikell

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so impressed with Youthlinc. They're not just about doing having volunteers do one time service on trips - they are about cultivating life long humanitarians. I am so excited to be a volunteer for this organization, and look forward to doing some good work in Kenya with our amazing team!

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

see above

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

I really can't think of anything I would suggest to change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is such a beautiful organization. I have now been on 2 Youthlinc trips and will be going on my 3rd as an Alum Leader to Thailand. Over the last three years, Youthlinc has changed the way that I look at this world. There is so much good to be done and whether at home or abroad, I know I can make a difference. My team leaders, the Youthlinc employee's, and most importantly my dear friends that I have made over the years through Youthlinc, have made this a lasting impact on my life that I will cherish forever. I love Youthlinc!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter visited Thailand in 2010 after an extraordinary year of experience with local service. That year, I had the pleasure of volunteering in the planning of the Annual Benefit. It was a collaboration of effort and resources that resulted in a meaningful event for all those behind the scenes, as well as those in attendance. My daughter is wrapping up her third year in college working on her degree of Community and International Development, and two minors that will work together in her charge for bringing about humanitarian change that matters. Youthlinc played a pivotal role in carving out her path for the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a fan of Youthlinc about six or seven years ago - at the time one of our employees asked me to help sponsor his daughter on a humanitarian trip to Peru. I agreed, not knowing much about Youthlinc at the time. The young woman came into our firm after returning from her Peru experience and gave us a very in-depth report of what she had done and what her team had accomplished. After seeing what the experience had done for her and the good they were able to accomplish, I became a strong advocate. Since then I have sponsored a student every year, and finally had the opportunity to join a team to Guatemala 2 years ago. What an incredible experience! My oldest daughter and I were so grateful to be part of such a wonderful group of people. We loved the experience and learned so much. I think 2 things set Youthlinc apart from so many other groups: 1) The teams are formed in October and begin working together to prepare for their trip the following June/July. You become attached to the team and establish strong bonds that continue for many years. 2) The students are required to commit to giving 80 hours of local community service before going on the international experience. This creates commitment and usually results in building a love of service - both locally and internationally. This organization is top-notch with super-dedicated people who are so committed to Youthlinc's mission - to build lifetime humanitarians.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first started with Youthlinc in 2008 and haven't looked back since. I visited Kenya for both of my services trips where we did everything from water projects, to sewing, to micro-loans. The impact and mission Youthlinc brings to these communities can't be matched. The heart and development that go into the meetings and local service volunteering is what makes Youthlinc a special and unique program. The volunteers have to prove that they are willing to help in their local community and put forth the efforts in do so before they are eligible to help make the difference abroad. Youthlinc has shaped my future (literally) in a way I would have never thought possible. My full time job, passion and dream were all sparked because of Youthlinc. I am forever grateful and indebted to Youthlinc and the wonderful work they do.

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

More trips!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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