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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Economic Development, International Exchange, Microfinance, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

469 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Parker Wilcox

Youthlinc can really make you feel like you can make a difference in people's lives. I was heading home from the 2013 Kenya trip, feeling soooo happy with myself and the work I had done. It was definitely the best thing I have ever done. I made so many new friends, and I learned a lot about myself too. The people of Kenya are AMAZING, with a lot of love and kindness to give. They taught me more about giving than anyone I've ever met has. "Here in Kenya, we don't have much to give. So instead we give our hearts." Everything we did there gave me a new perspective on how I need to appreciate what I have. Now I guess I can call myself a builder, a carpenter, a teacher, and humanitarian. Even a traveler extraordinaire! I will never forget the experiences I had in Kenya, or the love given to me by the people there, especially all the little children. I truly am grateful for the experience of a lifetime, doing service in Africa.

Alane G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a mentor on the Kenya 2013 trip. It sounds cliche, but it truly was an experience of a lifetime and one I know will live within me forever. The other mentors were amazing people, all with unique gifts to give. The students surpassed any expectations that I had before our adventure. They worked tirelessly and always with a smile and a positive attitude. Their compassion was an incredible model for my young son who accompanied us.

Our team spoke often about service as belonging and never was it more true than with this group and with the communities that we visited. We were welcomed and given more than we brought - always.

One of the priests at the school said, "It only takes a minute to know someone, but you remember them for a lifetime." This has never been more true and I feel blessed to have made this journey in the company of so many stellar individuals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an amazing organization. It really gave me the experience of a life-time. It helps you gain leadership, makes you more responsible, and you become so grateful for all the little things in life. I would recommend youthlinc to everyone. It will really change your life like it has mine.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Kenya on a service trip with Youthlinc. I spent 2 and a half weeks building, teaching, and spent endless hours getting to know the people of Kenya. It was the most beautiful place I had ever been. The love these people give to you is something I had never felt before in my life. I hope that I can continue to stay involved with Youthlinc throughout the years. It was an experience I will never forget.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was 16, youthLINC changed my life and has been ever since. I first went on their humanitarian trip to Kenya in 2010. I have truly become a life long humanitarian with the tools and experience youthLINC gave me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is amazing - it sucked me in. Three years since I started volunteering with Youthlinc and now I am in the office everyday!!! The best part about Youthlinc is the immense amount of local service that happens in Salt Lake because of it's existence. What starts as a desire to go on an international trip, quickly turns into a desire to become a lifetime humanitarian. Youthlinc teaches you that there are many ways to serve and it isn't only internationally. I started out thinking that I had to go somewhere else in the world to make a difference....and we did make a difference there but now I also see us making a difference every day at home and that is an incredible thing to witness.

Jordan N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the most incredible time in Thailand with this non-profit. Anyone interested in having the experience of your lifetime and LOOOOOVES service take time and apply! They offer the cheapest humanitarian trips you'll ever see! I have never met such an organization that is so organized and efficient with their time and resources. I made the strongest friendships and it really gives you an opportunity to reach your leadership potential.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is Amazing! I had a wonderful life changing experience. The trip was well organized and I felt safe and cared for the entire time while having a wonderful time. One thing that really makes this organization unique is the fact that they focus on local and international service, this helps to create lifetime humanitarians of the participants. I felt like the trip had a perfect blend of service and site seeing. I felt like I had a cultural experience along with a wonderful service experience. I would and have recommended it to everyone I meet. Join Youthlinc!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is a great non-profit organization that really helps youth become lifelong humanitarians. Rather than simply focus on a short international trip that, while worthwhile, may not change behavior, Youthlinc encourages service and leadership for an entire year. Everyone on our team did service in the local community, becoming relied upon volunteers at a site of the student's choosing. We met as a team once a month giving plenty of opportunities for leadership and growth. The international service trip was the icing on the cake. We worked hand in hand with local Thai villagers at a school. This collaboration ensures that villagers are invested in their future, rather than simply receiving a handout. Our team had an excellent experience as we built two buildings for the school to use, taught English, provided medical care and health education, and held cultural exchange panels. The best part was simply interacting with the Thai students and opening our hearts to them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is a phenomenal organization which helped make my first experience of international humanitarian work fun, safe, and meaningful. Student volunteers and adult mentors alike spend eight months preparing through monthly meetings, which also provide great bonding time for the team. The students' requirement of 60-100 hours of local community service also provides great preparation for going global. The two weeks I spend in July in Phang Nga, Thailand were the best and most worthwhile of my life, not to mention the most fun, courtesy of the fantastic group of people I was with (all of whom now feel like family)! I made friendships, both with Thai and Utah students, that I will never forget, and can truly say that I made a difference in the lives of children in a rural Thai village who have so much potential yet so few opportunities. I always felt looked-after with Youthlinc, our team always had a plan so we didn't waste time, and it was unbelievably fun! I can't wait to go back!