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August 18, 2009

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August 18, 2009

Youthlinc challenges youth to serve in thier local community for an opportunity to give service in a foreign country. Their mission of creating Life Long Humanitarians is unique but I have witnessed year after year young people changed as a result of giving of themselves. Their hearts are made larger and the world is made smaller as participants learn the joy of humanitarian service both far and near their homes. Working and planning with others goings to poor areas in Peru, Mexico, Thialand or Kenya members of the group meet monthly to organize their service and to report on the local service they have provided. My daughter went to Kenya five years ago. To this day, she is constantly giving service to someone. She is just one of hundreds that Youthlinc has helped to become a Life Long Humanitarian.

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

Santa Rosa on the banks of the Amazon River. Friendships were created working together pouring concrete and teaching in the school.

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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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August 18, 2009

YouthLINC has changed my life forever! You start out in highschool thinking that you can change the world and change peoples lives, and through YouthLINC, i can truly attest to the power of service. Service is not a chore it is apart of my everyday life and this is the main lesson I learned from youthLINC. I traveled to Kenya in 2007 and Thailand in 2009 and was able to truly make an impact on peolples lives but the best thing that I took home with me was that I gained knowledge about the world around me. I grew up and understood that there is a huge world outside of Utah and saw things that have touched my heart forever. This program helps youth have a hands on experience, they are guided for a year and truly begin to understand what it means to be a HUMANITARIAN! You make connections with your teammates and share memories that will help mold you for the rest of your life. I love this organization and I can't imagine my life without the amaing people that YouthLINC has brought into it. Youth from all over Utah change every year and become the leaders of the future through this program. Through your team commitees you step up and get to make huge projects happen, with your one on one Local service hours you understand what it means to be a relied upon volunteer and through see true poverty in both your community and communities across the world you truly realize what it means to be grateful. So many changes happened to me during my time with YouthLINC, i was able to help a child read, take hundreds of hand knit caps and booties to babies in Kenya, lead a medical fair, make cement, paint classrooms, create a mural, learn a new culture, try different food, teach hygiene lessons, and make life long friends.

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

How REAL it is, you get what you see and truly love everyone involved.

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

I worked with many hardworking volunteers. YOUTH have an awesome power if you know how to harness it. We accomplished so much and never complained.

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

GROW! This would allow millions of students to go through the program and help communities all over the world starting with our very own change and become self-seficiant. I can't imagine what they couldn't do with with 10 Million bucks!

Ways to make it better...

My team leader was a little more organized.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 18, 2009

My experience with YouthLiNC has absolutely changed my life. I was given the chance not only to make a constructive difference in my local community through the service hours requirement, but to influence the lives of people in the beautiful community of Santa Rosa, Peru. The experiences I shared with the Peruvians and my fellow volunteers will never be forgotten. I was able to help start a micro-finance program, build a library, and teach education lessons to the children. I will leave YouthLiNC a more culturally aware, caring, and dedicated lifetime humanitarian.

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

the most amazing, caring, and unique individuals. Each and every one of them was dedicated to the success of the program and the well being of the communities and people involved.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time in country (forever, maybe?)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 17, 2009

My son and I went to Peru with Youthlinc, he as a student and I as the group doc. What an amazing experience - we worked hard and hopefully helped in a small incredibly beautiful village on the Amazon. It puts the recession in perspective. I will never forget dancing (with everyone else dancing too) to the goodbye celebration hand in hand with the local medicine man, for what seemed like miles, in the hot sun, laughing at the fun. I want to go again some day.

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

My life. It was great to be helping.

Ways to make it better...

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

Non-profits can always use more money.

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

The Amazon river and the people who lived there.

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

Excited, hard-working, enthusiastic

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

Get armies of kids helping where needed.

Ways to make it better...

Wouldn't change a thing.

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

The recession.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 17, 2009

My wife has been involved in YouthLiNC since it first began. I was lucky enough to get involved after we got married. I have been impressed with how much YouthLiNC participants can accomplish during their humanitarian trips compared to any other overseas volunteer programs. Many people I've known get to an overseas service site and find that there isn't a lot to do due to lack of resourses, lack of organized leadership, or that the humanitarian trip is actually just tourism. YouthLiNC does a great job finding/raising funds to accomplish meaningful projects and organizing them in a way that the participants can have a personal and effective experience. For example, this past year in Thailand we had a few people on the team that raised a couple extra thousand dollars that went 100% to additional projects, such as tiling and painting a run down jungle school and digging a fish hatchery at an orphanage. The students and mentors that raised that extra money were directly responsible for the success of these projects. If they wouldn't have raised that money, we wouldn't have done the projects. You own your actions and the outcomes with YouthLiNC rather than just having a random one-time humanitarian experience.

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

watching students come alive as they realize the power and responsibility to do good comes from within.

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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August 17, 2009

My experience with YouthLINC has been phenomenal. I am amazed at how effective the mission of fostering service and compassion in youth while providing effective international humanitarian support. One of the most impressive facets of the program is the fact that the organization not only focuses on service in developing areas, but allows people to see service opportunities in their own communities. Since it is a small organization, with little overhead, the international work YouthLINC carries out targeted to specific populations, making it one of the most effective organizations I have encountered.

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

the focus on youth and creating a more service oriented generation through local service with a global perspective.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to stay longer in the areas that I served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 17, 2009

My experience with YouthLINC has exceeded my greatest expectations. The relationships i formed while in service, both locally and internationally, still remain with me to this day. I thought that i might be able to give the people of Peru something to improve their lives, but instead they instilled in me the importance of valuing life. The YouthLINC organization is headed by some of the most amazing people, i have no doubt that YouthLINC will continue to bless people around the world for many more years to come.

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

everything. And everyone that i know who has been involved with this organization would say the same thing.

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

always professional, knowledgeable, caring, sincere, open-minded, and just all around amazing.

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

change the world.

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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August 17, 2009

I love Youth Linc! I first went to Kenya as a student volunteer after I graduated from high school, and went three years later as an Education Mentor to Thailand. It is such a great organization. The local service combined with the international experience makes it unforgettable! It changes your outlook on the ability you have to serve and change the world.

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

The local service combined with the international experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 17, 2009

I have served as a Mentor for the Mexico trip and a Trip Leader for the Kenyan Alumni trip with Youthlinc. This is an awesome opportunity for youth to understand other cultures and economies and acquire a service ethic that will serve them their entire lives. Both trips were safe, well-planned, and orchestrated with the utmost integrity. I would send my children on one of these trips in a heartbeat, and I feel that the beneficiaries in the countries we visited were also very pleased and grateful.

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

I have seen students that went on the trips at the University, and they are now pursuing other opportunities to serve the community, often taking on leadership roles.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase staffing and provide additional training. Offer Leader training that specifically addressed the challenges of different areas served. Provide 2-deep leadership on trips. Mentors could use training on helping w/group activities

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

Watching the youth experience the humility and the reward of serving others

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

Outstanding and energetic. Very dedicated to making the program a success.

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

Change the experience of youth everywhere, expand staff and areas served, and enrich lives in 3rd world countries as well as at home.

Ways to make it better...

I would have appreciated additional training and another support person to assist with the Kenyan trip.

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

Insufficient funding, constantly searching for donations and grants to maintain staff and facilities

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

Judy Zone is an incredible leader that has a heart of gold. She has done amazing things with very little and deserves recognition for being an outstanding individual.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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August 17, 2009

I loved working with the special needs children in Ocotlan. The community really made us feel welcome, and seeing the school improve was extremely rewarding. I would recommend this program, especially because the pre-volunteer work prepared me for serving abroad. Few other programs prepare you to reach out of your comfort zone, to help you reap the full benefit of the experience.

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

The building of relationships, with my team, and in my local community, and abroad.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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