Youthlinc

Rating: 4.85 stars   527 reviews

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.

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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801-467-4417
www.youthlinc.org

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Reviews for Youthlinc

Rating: 4 stars  

Youthlinc is a great program because it shows youth that they can be involved in their communities and gives them opportunities to serve both locally and abroad. I have had a great time working with little kids and teaching them tennis which has really gotten me active in my neighborhood more and has given me a chance to get to know a lot of adorable kids. Youthlinc overall is just a really great experience.

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

I have experienced the results of this organization in the way that I am happier after I volunteer and the people that are in my group going abroad are really fun to be with.

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

Try to put less pressure on the kids involved because they are already doing a lot so it is sometimes hard to find time to do so much all at once.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing. Youthlinc required local service and then allowed me to do international service at a price that I could afford. It instilled in me the importance of serving locally and making that a part of my life and going on the humanitarian trip opened my eyes and changed in me what is important in life. AMAZING.

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

my personal life with my focus on service.

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

advertise more so as to allow many people to apply.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

If I didn't travel with YouthLinc to Kenya in 2009 (and again in 2010, because I fell so in love with the experience) I would not be the person I am today. It changed my life. Not only does the 'field work' that YouthLinc does (health seminars, primary and secondary education, microfinance loans, building classrooms - all in developing countries) impact communities in the most sustainable, empowering of ways, but above all else, it makes the deepest change in the most important place of all: the hearts of the volunteers. What is perhaps the most important aspect of humanitarianism is the change that occurs in the heart and drive of the volunteer - how their act of kindness creates a lifetime humanitarian, how their act of kindness changes not only the Kenyan or Cambodian or Mexican child's life, but the YouthLinc participant's life. YouthLinc doesn't just save the life of the impoverished child - it saves the life of the volunteer.

I was a volunteer on the 2009 Kenya trip, and then upon my incredible experience working with primary and secondary school students in the classrooms, building a library onto a local school, holding health seminars for local women, and distributing microfinance loans, I was a changed person. I was the Alumni Leader of the 2010 Kenya team, and returned with an even bigger heart, brighter smile, and eager passion to help the world I live in. I applied to completely different colleges, researched completely different majors. I now attend Seattle University and study International Economic Development and International Studies. I'm pursuing a career in Microfinance or Human Rights Law. I know what's important now.

I'm also traveling to China this summer for two months through Harvard University's WorldTeach program to teach English in the Hunan Province. Had I not worked with YouthLinc, how would I know to channel my time, research, expenses, and energy to programs like these? Programs that help not just the children in need, but help me grow into the person I want to become - compassionate, informed, motivated, and eager to help.

YouthLinc has altogether changed my life for the absolute better. They couldn't get a higher endorsement from me, and I can't thank them enough!

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

My communication skills, delegation of responsibilities in leadership, fundraising capabilities, networking strategies, awareness of global issues, theorizing solutions to global issues, and above all else - my compassion and eagerness to serve the local and global community!

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

Expand! Establish YouthLinc branches in more cities across the U.S. More students need and deserve to experience this. I would want to make YouthLinc bigger and more available to students in other states.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter participated in a Kenya project and came back a more mature, grounded individual with thoughts about how her life could be bettered by service to those more fortunate. The fact this group requires you to contribute to your own community before reaching out globally helped plant a seed in her that service is needed everywhere! We are going to be life long volunteers with YouthLinc!

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

Salt Lake City and Kenya

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

allow students from Utah to participate who are in college in other states

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is an absolutely fabulous nonprofit that successfully instills a love for humanitarianism amongst Utah's youth.

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

The way that everyone there has such a passion to give to others. There is a wonderful atmosphere at Youthlinc; everyone is so good-hearted.

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

There is not really anything I can think of to change! Youthlinc is awesome!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is an amazing organization. Their philosophy is one that is truly remarkable, to create lifetime humanitarians. Through their program students are required to do local service hours in order for them to create bonds with their communities. all in all it is awesome.

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

I would have never volunteered at Common Ground, my local service site, without them. Through volunteering with Common Ground I have found what I want to do for the rest of my life and it makes me really happy that it involves helping people who are often overlooked.

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

more info upfront...

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer for Youthlinc, a non-profit organization that works to create life long humanitarians for young adults. We do service in our own communities before travelling to an international site and giving our service there. I have been volunteering with disabled adults in my community, and later in the year I am going to Baustista Grande, Mexico to help build a kitchen for their school.

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

My own personal growth. I have given my own service in my community and I'm working towards my main service goal of building a kitchen for a small village's school in Mexico.

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

Make the experience even longer! I have grown so much in seeing what I can do for other's lives, and it's humbled me greatly. A life-changing experience!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is an amazing organization and it has helped me fall in love with doing service work!

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

How they have their students do local service hours

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

make it bigger and available to more and more students

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first volunteered with Youthlinc in 2002 on a trip to Kenya. It was one of the best experiences of my life and has forever changed the way I view the world. I would love to work with them again and if I ever move back to Utah it's the first thing on my list to look in to. Youthlinc gives their volunteers the opportunity not only to make a difference in other people's lives, but to meaningfully change our own lives for the better.

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

My own life. I often think back on the experiences I have in Kenya and the people there. They will forever be in my heart and never far from my mind.

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

Expand it so that it can do even more. :) I would also have chapters in other states.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Working with YouthLINC last summer was one of the best experiences I've ever had!

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

Working hard to help others.

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

nothing

 
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