Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   518 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

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

Address:

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  

I went with Youthlinc to Cambodia in 2012 and it was an amazing experience! What I like the most about Youthlinc is that they put so much emphasis on local service before going abroad, which is exactly why I chose to volunteer with them. The staff and team leaders are extremely helpful with everything, and make sure everyone is included. The time I spent with them in Cambodia gave me a whole new perspective on serving others, and I'll never forget the kindness of the villagers and how incredibly thankful they were for the service we provided. Youthlinc is definitely the best nonprofit out there if you're looking to serve both locally and abroad instead of just going on a vacation. I would definitely (and do) recommend Youthlinc to anyone looking to make a difference in the world!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Youthlinc for two years now and it has absolutely changed my life. I am more dedicated to service and strive to make it a major priority in my life. Youthlinc has such a great program set up for anyone who wants to volunteer. They give you so many chances to take leadership opportunities and to take charge of your experience and make it everything you want it to be. In country, I have never felt more safe. I was really nervous about going to Thailand last year because it was the farthest I had ever been away from home. When I got to Thailand my team leader was amazing at making sure we all felt safe and he knew where each of us were at all times. Our mentors were also fantastic at keeping us all together and keeping us safe. Overall I would recommend Youthlinc to anyone who is interested in local and international service!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with Youthlinc for two years. My first year I was a student and the second year I was an assistant team leader. My experiences were both amazing and have helped make me the person I am today.

Youthlinc isn't just a great organization because it lets you travel the world, it's also amazing because of the emphasis they have on local service as well. As a Youthlinc student you have to serve 80 hours in your local community before you can go on your international trip. I LOVED that part of Youthlinc. It showed me the need for service in our communities and it helped me develop a love for service. I still volunteer regularly in my community because I love it so much.

Youthlinc is also filled with amazing people. Youthlinc has helped me meet some of my best friends who I wouldn't have met If it wasn't for Youthlinc. They also gave me mentors who I look up to and still talk to on a regular basis. Also everyone in the office is incredible and so helpful, I loved working with them once a week when I was an assistant team leader. All and all you should do Youthlinc. It's a life changing expirence that introduces you to new cultures and amazing new people who are all Intrested in serving others. I love Youthlinc and I know you will too!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is the best non profit in the world!! I love Youthlinc. Youthlinc changes lives, not just those we serve, but our own. My life was changed and touched from my Youthlinc experience. It taught me that by serving others we can truly find happiness, and that we should all make it our common goal to serve and help others. By doing that we can make this world a better place. I love Youthlinc with all my heart and I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had to be apart of Youthlinc, and wish that I will stay involved.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have done two trips with Youthlinc, the first as a student going to Kenya and the second as an alumni leader going to Thailand. During both of my trips, I felt that we were able to not only provide help in completing many construction projects and teaching the people valuable vocational and business skills, but we were able to learn so much about their respective cultures. Youthlinc not only emphasizes helping the communities through construction and teaching, but emphasizes learning to understand people of a different culture and appreciating their culture.

I also love Youthlinc because it stresses the importance of performing local service that helps students learn responsibility, commitment, and how to interact with others professionally. Students become so aware of the fact that local service is so easy to perform and is the type of service one can see lasting results with over time. Youthlinc also has amazing leaders and staff that wish to know every student personally. While the leaders provide guidance and supervision throughout the whole service year, they allow the students to create and organize their projects that are to be performed in-country. Overall, Youthlinc is an amazing organization for introducing students to local and international service.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I returned to Youthlinc in 2013 to be an Alumni Leader for the Thailand team. It was amazing getting to experience helping other teenagers make a change in the world, both locally and internationally. Locally, everyone worked hard to serve their communities by consistently volunteering at various sites, while internationally, we all committed ourselves to helping the generous Thai and Burmese people around us. Youthlinc provided an excellent avenue for young adults to experience serving others while learning about life and the world from the people they served.

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 teaches students so much about serving the community and helping anyone. The program far exceeded my expectations, and I made so many new friends through doing service with them. I feel like Youthlinc truly helped me make a difference through service.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Youthlinc honestly has changed my life. It humbled me to the max and opened up so many doors. I have been involved with Youthlinc for two years now and have loved every second of it. Youthlinc makes me feel so invloved and I love all the local service opportunities it provides. Youthlinc made me a humanitarian for life!

 
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My family has been involved with Youthlinc for about 4 years now, myself a total of 2. I was a student on my first trip to Thailand and an assistant team leader in Nepal the next year. I really enjoyed my time with this organization, because it focuses on many different aspects of service. Yes, you get to go to a foreign country and experience the culture. Yes, you get to help people in genuine need. Yes, you get to make lasting friendships with people you would have never met otherwise. But the best part of Youthlinc is the emphasis they put on local service. Students serve for a total of 80 hours throughout the year, and 40 at a main service site somewhere in their local community. This really helps students to realize the impact they can have right in their own communities and encourages them to keep serving on a regular basis.

I also loved all of my leaders and the people I interacted with on my teams and in the Youthlinc office. They were always helping me to become my best self and to push myself to accomplish my goals. They were on top of all of our tasks and projects were able to answer our questions. Even when our plans changed before and even in county on a few instances, they were very flexible and adapted to what we needed to do. They handled everything in a professional manner.

Overall I enjoyed my experience with Youthlinc. It changed my outlook on my personal life and made me more grateful for what I had. I would recommend a Youthlinc service year experience to anyone.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Youthlinc really helped to change my perspective on life in general. It helped me to get over myself and focus not on the inward of myself but the outwards of others. When I did that, I was able to help those around me and not think of myself. Youthlinc has the best participants, mentors, and leaders anyone could ask for. They help you to become the best you, and thats all you can ask for in a humanitarian program.

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  

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I've been on 4 trips with Youthlinc in various roles and each one was absolutely incredible! No other organization that I have found is more well rounded. With different committees to help each individual maximize their talents and grow. Leadership both in country and traveling has been phenomenal. These trips have been some of the happiest times in my life and I am truly grateful to Yourhlinc for making it possible. It's amazing to see how much a team can accomplish when working together. In my trips we've helped to build school class rooms, libraries, a community home, and a nursing station. We also put in two septic systems, dug a lot of holes and laid cement, painted classrooms, held English camps, taught vocational and micros terrorize training. These are just a few things we did but I could go on and on. They definitely ache live their mission in taking high school students and turning them into life long humanitarians. I can't wait for the chance to go with Youthlinc again and hopefully lead a team down the road. If you have the chance to go with Youth Linc DO IT! Your life will not be same and you will make lifelong friends.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on 1 trip with Youthlinc and I have to say it's one of my favorites, I went to Guatemala 2 years ago and had the time of my life... The leaders Ruth and Jordan were rad our team got very close and we did a lot of great work even when things were not that fun we made it fun.. The work was hard and busy but the trip in all was fun and rewarding...

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

I have been on two trips, my first trip as a student and my second year as an alum. My first trip was fantastic although I felt like we weren't doing much other than playing with kids and teaching them a few words of English. (I'm not sure how English would help them at all in Thailand) I loved playing with the kids and frolicking around but I wanted and expected to do more then just go take pictures with kids? I was hoping we would do you some type of construction. But the first year the only type of construction we did was level out a "field" which is an area that is often flooded that at the end of the two weeks was unleveled again.
The only type of construction I did the second year was dig trenches for rain (which would fill up and disappear in one day) to me it just kinda felt like busy work and trying to pretend we were actually helping. The second year was when i was an alum we were supposed to build the bathroom but instead they hired several local workers to build the bathroom which is understandable because they did it 10x better and faster than we would have. But then were kinda left with nothing to do other than dig holes in the mud and bring the works some water.

I'm not complaining about the work of digging in the dirt at all. I wanted more of it. Just the work we seemed to be doing was just to make it look like we had something to do while we weren't playing with the kids. Don't get me wrong, these places really do need help. But the help we were offering didn't seem to be very helpful.

Now on to the leaders of my trips,
First year- Bobby and Carson. The most fantastic positive people you'll ever meet. Love them to death and they are the reason I signed up the second year.

Second year- Dave and Linda. The reason i hate Youthlinc. Not only did they favor their kid who was on the trip and her friends. they were completely clueless and unhelpful to the whole team. NOT leaders. A girl went MISSING IN THAILAND ON MY TEAM and the leaders/ mentors were talking about adding each other on Facebook while the whole team was looking for her? Then when we found her Dave tried to comfort her but made her more homesick and MORE uncomfortable. Oh let's not forget when the kid rented a motorbike and rode into downtown in the rain and bought alcohol. Did Dave or Linda ever find out? Yeah at the end of the trip when our group had a charge for a motorbike on it. But the kid was gone for hours and missed dinner. Why didn't they know? Oh probably because they were chatting about Facebook. When we were on location Dave and Linda sat in the shade all day and yelled at people for not working. Dave told one of my team mates to "get back to work" when they had just sat down to drink water then got passive aggressive when they asked if they could have minute just so they could have some water? This trip was complete chaos. Kids renting motorbikes, girls missing and under age kids drinking? Not to forget that Dave is a complete and total sexist bully. Let's talk about the team doctor (not a doctor a fertility nurse ?) she knew nothing about medicine and everytime someone would ask her for help or was having a health problem she would say take and Advil or put a bandaid on it. Some of my teammates were riding elephants when the elephant slipped and sling shoted them into a tree and also get one of them stuck under the elephant. You know what the doctor did after that to help? Nothing. One of the bus drivers pulled out a first aid box and helped the girls out. Then later at dinner she said do you need an Advil (of course)

My final thoughts and advice for Youthlinc,
Interview your leaders better and don't pick any stupid adults with the money. They are watching teenagers and need to pay attention.
Do more construction and less pictures? I feel like this a tour group or something and not a humanitarian trip.

In the end I do not regret signing up for Youthlinc because of the friends and memories I've made . But they need to improve because my last trip was straight up chaos and negative

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

I know who wrote this comment, and I know this individual had a particular rough year personally during her second trip. I reached out to her personally on more than one occasion. I still feel awful that she is in a bad place, and would be happy to speak with her again. I am really sorry that she feels her experience was not optimum. As far as her Team Leaders are concerned, one is still our Board Chair, and responsible for a lot of the good we do in this state and world. The comments about him, and the team nurse, are unfair - even though everyone is entitled to their opinion. The 500+ very positive reviews for Youthlinc on this website speak for themselves and the experience of the overwhelming majority of our participants. Judy Zone Youthlinc Executive Director

Rating: 5 stars  

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I traveled to Nepal this past July with Mark and Shelly Burningham as my team leaders and it was the most enlightening and humbling experience! To be on a team with the sweetest and coolest mentors/peers from all across the state of Utah who all cared about the same things as I did and had the same goal of helping others made it all worthwhile and incredibly special! As a recent high school graduate, I feel that Youthlinc's testimony of creating lifetime humanitarians is one that is especially powerful that impacts youth greatly. If you are a high school/college student looking to broaden your service experience, meet new people, travel someplace new, and change your life, Youthlinc is for you!

 
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