Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   505 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Being a part of Youthlinc has changed my life for the better! I would recommend it to anyone whether they are interested in service or not.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc provides an amazing opportunity for youth and adults to come together and work on creating a better world by doing local and international service. You may think that the international trip is the whole reason for all of the work that you do, but really, that's just an added benefit. Doing service anywhere and everywhere is the main reason for even joining Youthlinc and you should enjoy giving your all to help others. I loved being a part of the Youthlinc team and helping those around me both internationally and locally. I loved getting to know the people and youth I worked with on a much deeper level at my main service site. I loved creating bonds with the people on my team, and with those we worked with at our international site. In all, Youthlinc is an amazing program and by participating, you will gain new opportunities that you may never get again in your lifetime.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I served as a mentor in the Youthlinc Guatemala 2015 team. I am impressed with both the Youthlinc model and learning philosophy. Students must undertake 80 hours of domestic service prior to their international summer trip along with monthly meetings--this is true committed service and not just a vacation tour masquerading as a service experience. Pedagogically, Youthlinc is very much committed to an engaged learning model coupled with reflection as an intentional piece of the educational process. In Guatemala, Youthlinc partnered with a boot-on-the-ground NGO that was a model for engaged and sustainable development. It was a pleasure all the way around working with the students, community, and NGO as we collectively made a contribution the betterment of us all.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I loved the whole youthlinc experience. i think that the organization as a whole is a much better humanitarian group than many others because of the service hours required. I loved my main service site, it was such a fun way to get involved in my community more and serve. I loved the international trip, i loved the leaders on the trip, my group was the best group ever. definitely one of the best experiences i have ever had in my whole life

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I served a trip to Thailand in 2014 and now in 2015 returned to Nepal. As an alum leader this time, I had new experiences and responsibility. From the beginning of the year, I knew as an alum leader I was held up to a standard as a leader. This new responsibility helped me focus and direct my attention to my team and I felt more involved. Nepal was a new and wonderful experience. With the recent earthquake, there were many things that I saw that changed my views on everyday life. Many people had lost their homes and family members to the earthquake and were out of hope in their life. The children in the village were loving and accepting to everyone that helped. The love you feel for the children and your team after every trip is unreal, you love them as you would love your family. In Thailand, I spent most of my construction time painting and washing floors. As much as painting and cleaning floors is important and the work still needs to get done, I decided before I went to Nepal that I would spend my time doing hard, intense labor. When it was time for the handwork, I made sure that I was willing and happy to help out. The work was hard and very tiring but the overall experience was great. As much as I was tired, I decided long before that I was going to work as hard as I could. At the end of the trip, I felt like I impacted the team and the overall projects with my work. If I have any advice to give to future Youthlinc participants it would be to work as hard as you can. What you end up getting out the trip is so much better than just sitting around. Your sense of accomplishment and that you helped contribute to something boosts your confidence and overall happiness on the trip.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My entire family has always been involved with youthlinc and my sister had previously gone on a trip to Guatemala two years before I was selected to go on my service trip. My sister came home and loved her experience so much I knew I would want to have the same experience as her. Once I was old enough I applied right away and luckily was able to be selected to go on the Thailand July team. All of out meeting throughout the year helped build the excitement to the upcoming trip. Having our 80 hours of service was stressful but well worth it in the end and helped you realize that you don't need to go to an international country to make a difference. Finally we were able to leave on our trip and it reached far beyond my expectations. Everything there was wonderful and I loved every aspect of it. The people and the kids and the whole culture was amazing and I fell in love with the beautiful country.

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

Nothing, I thought everything was very organized and planned wonderfully.

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 is the most amazing way to meet new people and serve others. I had the best experience. You're able to connect with new people and make memories that will last a lifetime. It's a great way to experience different culture and better the lives of others. I would definitely go on a trip again

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Can I just say, I LOVE Youthlinc!!! My daughter heard about Youthlinc at her high school and she told me about it. Between us, we've done 5 trips. She went as a volunteer and as an alum leader. I have mentored 3 trips. From a parent standpoint, I love the connection between local and international service. I also love the organization and safety of the international trips. I slept well knowing my daughter was in good hands. As a mentor, I am so grateful and inspired. Seeing youth rise to the opportunity of service never ceases to amaze me. The growth I see over the year is huge! Students bond with each other and form international relationships that will touch their hearts forever. I will be forever grateful to Youthlinc!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc's mission is to create lifelong humanitarians. It is geared toward students and young adults. I went to Kajuki, Kenya as a mentor. I went to serve and to teach. But, in reality, I was the one being served and learned much more than I could ever teach. I never knew I could love a total stranger, let alone an entire community. The story and love in the Kenyan eyes I looked into and within the hands I held will last a life-time. I took so many photos hoping to capture each moment, but upon arriving home, I realized that although photos, videos, and journal entries will help trigger memories, the feelings of love and gratitude and burned deep in my heart. Being able to see another culture and give completely for 2 weeks is truly life-changing. I came home wanting to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, and humanitarian. Mission accomplished! It was also such a blessing to travel with 38 amazing team members. I felt safe, appreciated, and needed. Youthlinc has changed my life forever!

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

Continue to expand. My daughter and I applied 2 years ago and did not get accepted. We felt bad at the time, but applied again the next year. It was DEFINITELY worth the wait!! Our Kenya trip could not have been any better!

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  

Youthlinc is an absolutely outstanding nonprofit organization doing good for the people who need it most! We take the preparation we do and apply everything to the in country experience and teach the people how to strive with the opportunities and supplies that they have. Youthlinc isn't just dropping supplies off to the villagers, they're making sure that the villagers know how to use the supplies and know how to strive with and without them. I recommend to everyone, its absolutely astounding.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is a humanitarian nonprofit that I have been involved with for over 3 years. I have done the local service that they require and gone on international trips and can honestly say it's the best thing I've ever done. It makes service and volunteer work more than just a summer fling, but more of daily habit.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A great year-long service opportunity. Youthlinc delivers! The in-country coordinators found real needs in the community, and we were able to make a difference.

 
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