Rating: 4.86 stars 499 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, International, Economic Development, Microfinance
Location: 1140 E. Brickyard Rd. # 76 Salt Lake City UT 84106 USA
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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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!
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!
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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!
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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.
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.
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.
the Cambodia 2015 trip has been one of the highlights of my life. no other experience could amount to this. leaving our everyday problems behind and traveling half way around the world to serve is definitely something I want to do again. the local service and service in country have helped me develop certain people skills and have gone towards a resume for a bright future. it was hard work in the beginning but it all comes together and is worth it! I loved getting to know the people I met in Cambodia and also the people I worked beside, these people will be life long friends. if you ever get the amazing opportunity to go on a humanitarian trip through youthlinc, just do it! it will be the best decision you have ever made!
I just returned from my 6th Youthlinc trip. It was my 4th trip to Kenya. After a 4 year break, I finally got to go on another trip. I hadn't realized how much i missed doing a service trip. From 2006 until this year Youthlinc has evolved and progressed. This was by far my best trip out of the six trips I have taken. Youthlinc does an amazing job organizing the trips. Every minute is filled with meaningful activities. I took my 17 year old on this trip. It was her first service trip and she was excited but did not know what to expect. Now all she can talk about is doing another trip. She told me that she had not expected to get so involved, love the people she served, and get attached to the children in Kenya. She had a hard time leaving and has a completely different outlook on life. Youthlinc manages to organize trips that not only serve the people in country but also forever touches the volunteers, youth and adult mentors alike. None of us comes away from a trip without realizing how much we as Americans are blessed and how fulfilling sharing ourselves with less fortunate children. We gain invaluable culture awareness, and experience. ever since my first Youthlinc trip, I have had a hard time enjoying regular sight seeing vacations. If service is not part of a vacation it seems we waste our time. I can highly recommend Youthlinc to anyone. If you are looking to serve others, while being part of a well organized trip, then Youthlinc is the charity. I don't know of another charity that stresses service in our home country to qualify for the service trip. Youthlinc strives to create life time humanitarians. It certainly has done that for every one of my family members that have participated.
I recently returned from the 2014-2015 youthlinc trip to Kenya. The trip was a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow while serving others. The trip didn't "change my life" it provided an experience that helped others in meaningful ways and in turn, helped me grow as an individual. Actively participating in the 2014-2015 service year helped me realize the impact meaningful service can have on those in need.
I have been back a week and everyday I find my mind wandering to those we helped in Kenya. I cherish those memories and they have fueled a desire to continually look for ways to help those in need. I couldn't be more satisfied with the work and results of the service year. I look forward to continue volunteering with youthlinc. It is a fantastic organization that is effective, well-run, and it changes lives.
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It was an amazing experience. It allowed the opportunity to go and serve in a way that not everyone has the chance too. It really reinforced the idea that one person can make a difference if they try. Along with the international service and relationships developed, I was also able to grow through my local service and was able to help kids in Salt Lake as well.
Youthlinc is an amazing organization and I really loved volunteering with them. The local service is perfect for getting involved with your community and serving those who need your service. I loved working with the people at my local service site. Real life and Youthlincs partnership is a great one. The international service trip is the perfect ending to the service year. I loved Kenya; the people are amazing, the service is real and lasting and helpful, and the experience is life-changing. I recommend this to anyone interested in falling in love with service.
-Also, for those worried about the cost, I was able to fundraise almost all of my costs. I highly recommend the letter system Youthlinc introduces you to, and if the price is the only thing holding you back, please don't let it. Fundraising works, and this experience is WORTH IT. Thank you Youthlinc!
My experience this year has been life changing, I was able to volunteer at a school with a high population of refugees students, and saw how important education was for them. The students I worked with were from families in extreme poverty situation here in Salt Lake. When I arrived in Kenya I experienced true poverty. My experience in Kenya was truly magnificent. Working with the children in St. Peter's and Kathwana has changed my life. I feel very close to them, and want to continue working with them in the future. The Youthlinc organization has been wonderful to work with and has Amazing leaders, and mentors that has helped me all along the way.