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.
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EIN 87-0678393
801-467-4417
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with many non-profit organizations over the years and have gone on several service missions. This group impresses me as it gets corporations and Rotary to sponser kids to do 100 service hours in exchange for a scholarship to help them pay for part of a trip to do a service mission experience in several other countries. I like that they teach teens how to serve not only in 3rd world countries but how to serve in their own communities. Very impressive organization.

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

watching my daughter learn to do service in her community and to do fundraising for a goal in order to pay for her own way to do this service mission in Kenya. She has done service for at least 4 different organization in our community and is still serving.

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

Let more people know about service mission options but they are doing a great job with the volunteer staff they have.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc has a wonderful reputation. Their goal to create "life time humanitiarians" is the best. We highly recommend them for your youth program of choice.

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

a transformation of my daughter

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

Help them find a way to raise more money

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about YouthLINC at the 2007 Rotary International Convention in Salt Lake City and thought it would be a good fit for my Rotary Club in Rochester, MN. The Board agreed and I had the priviledge of being part of the first YouthLINC MN team in 2007/2008, doing local community service as well as service work in Kiamuri, Kenya. It was an amazing experience! We are now working with our fourth team from MN; this year they will travel to Bautista Grande, MX with the Utah team. The relationship with YouthLINC has been fantastic - everyone there is amazing to work with and they're allowing our students and mentors to have an experience that otherwise is not available in our state. Kudos to YouthLINC - you guys ROCK!

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

Gaining a new perspective on community and a greater understanding and appreciation for life here and half-way across the world.

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

Help them further expand the programs beyond Utah -- all students should have this opportunity!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is such an amazing program! I am going with one of their teams to Kenya this summer and I know it will be a blast! The people who run it all are amazing!

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

Family and friends go to different coutries to help there.

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

Nothing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This program is a very outgoing, fun, and dedicated organization. It is connecting us volunteers/participants to local agencies with needs for services. Doing local service also gets us a sponsorship amount towards the costs of our trips, which is very beneficial. I think this local service will further give us appreciation for the international service we will do in the summer. We do monthly meetings and the time is flying by as we prepare in 5 separate committees--education, cultural, medical, vocational/micro-financing, and construction. Youthlinc takes a fairly comprehensive approach in planning for the summer international experiences so that we can be more effective in our short time-period internationally. Those involved in Youthlinc must go through an application process, so that those who are in the program, are dedicated, outgoing, and hard-working. Overall I am very pleased with my experience with Youthlinc so far and am anticipating the summer international service we will be doing to connect our local service growth to international service.

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

This organization is great at getting participants to understand local needs for service and volunteering. I think this will further give us appreciation for the international service we will do in the summer.

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

Nothing.

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Got involved locally, will be getting a chance to do international service, able to meet new individuals with a similar passion for volunteering and service.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing and gave me new perspective on international needs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

YouthLinc really does create life long humanitarians. It mixes local and international service. YouthLinc gives young adults the opportunity to travel and experience life in a positive and fun way. The organization changes the lives of everyone involved. It was a great learning process for me and i met beautiful people here and around the world.

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

I have a better out look on what being a humanitarian is. I have a passion for service and the people of the world.

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

I would not do the carnival portion of the trips, i dont think giving little prizes is a useful use of resources or what the people need.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

YouthLINC is such a well organized program for both high school and college students. The young adults are in charge of the lessons they teach and I think that made the trip more meaningful to me. I spent months planning and preparing to teach CPR in Spanish, so it was fun to finally present to the villagers. All the kids in my group were amazing and the leaders were really fun. I loved my service site and the YouthLINC experiance.

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

My ability to communicate with others.

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

Make the leaders more connected to the office (i.e. if a fax gets sent to one of the leaders, then the leader gets the fax shortly after -- not at the next meeting a month later)

 
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20 people found this review helpful

Youth linc is a phenomenal organization! I am thoroughly impressed with its efforts to go beyond providing service to less fortunate third world countries, but also "creating lifetime humanitarians" and doing service locally as well. I do beleive that privileged people are given the responsibility of reaching out and providing for those who are not as privileged and are in diar need of help. I also agree with youthlinc's stance that even in this industrial country, there are people in need, and I love that youth linc teaches their youth volunteers to help those in their own communities before helping people abroad. It is wonderful to provide huge releif to impoverished people in hurting countries, but it is magnificent to teach the future ruling generation of this country the habbit of helping their neighbors and instilling in them the permanent desire to serve those all around them. Bringing a warm meal to an ill neighbor may not make headline news, but it may mean the world to that ill person; it is little quiet acts of service like this that truly help a community to work together and feel that they are a part of something greater than themselves. I am astoundingly impressed with youthlinc's efforts to provide service from the largest to the smallest scale, especially because they do it by means of teaching the value of service to youth. This is truly a selfless, exemplary organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of so many more youth by giving them ample experience with community service and service in other countries. It could expand its headquarters to other states and even countires, stretching their service year program across the globe

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

YouthLinc is a great organization because it gives th oportunity to young students (high school and college) and adults to do volunteer work. Students do not only serve their own community locally but also international. In addition, they learn leadership each one with its role in and out of country. Adults are able to mentor the students giving them the tasks to perform when in the community site and showing them the best way to do it.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the team work that we did in Kenya. We learned first as a group how to help the community and then passed it on to the local people in need. We also had a lot of fun together.

Ways to make it better...

we had stayed in site for a little longer. I think 5 days was not enough to accomplish everything we had dreamt about.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

 
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20 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with YouthLINC since its inception and have been supportive with all of its efforts. Last June (2009), my wife and I went with a group of 25 young people on a YouthLINC Team to Thailand to work with an orphanage, several elementary schools, numerous communities and other projects. The bottom line is that YouthLINC develps Humanitarins of the future. Each one of these young people worked hard and with a focus of Service. As a Past District Governor of Rotary International for the State of Utah, I believe in the purpose and the success of this organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working shoulder to shoulder with young men and women of Youth LINC in building, cleaning, teaching, and uplifting small children to the elderly in Thailand. Also, I enjoyed watch the growth of Humanitarians of the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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