Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   497 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: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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20 people found this review helpful

I served in Kenya in 2006 through the YouthLINC program. It was an experience that not only changed, but completely shaped and molded my life. I learned so much more than culture and service. YouthLINC requires its participants to serve a minimum 100 hours of community service prior to departure to the site. This provides an opportunity to remind us that service and humanitarian efforts are not limited to 3rd world countries...everyone around us needs help in some form. YouthLINC helps selfless individuals realize just how much of a difference they can make whether it be in Michigan or Meru, Kenya. I am indebted to YouthLINC for the experience it gave me. I fully support and am dedicated to this program.

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

Meru and Nkubu Kenya.

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

increase language training for particular sites.

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

the pure selflessness of the program. They are focused but know what their purpose is, which allows them to be more genuine as well as flexible in the way they serve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible! Always so kind and helpful.

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

use it wisely.

Ways to make it better...

I had spent more time there.

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

Visa issues, insufficient donations.

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

I absolutely love YouthLINC and am 100 percent dedicated to its success in fulfilling its purpose.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-7-01

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11 people found this review helpful

My experience with YouthLINC was incredible! My service in Peru definitely made a huge impact on the way I see the world and the people around me, and my required 80 local service hours have made me a life long humanitarian. Thanks to the habits and the experiences I had while working with YouthLINC, I have been changed forever, for the better.

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

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

sponsor thousands of students each year to travel the globe, doing humanitarian work! It could also provide more services and supplies to the people we aid each year. (i.e. more nurses and doctors; medical supplies)

Ways to make it better...

the meetings, once a month, had been better organized and time had been better utilized.

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?

2009-8-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I worked with YouthLINC for one year during the 2007-2008 Academic year. I was on the Peru Team and worked on developing programming aimed at providing health education. Topics included First Aide, female reproductive heatlh, stress managment, and lifting safety. I volunteered at a local elementary school prior to traveling interntionally where I mentored third-graders. The service component both locally and internationally is what makes this organization so great. Providing an opporutnity for youth to become engaged in their community and make a difference in the world. While we prepared and met regularly it was hard to get everything done prior to traveling abroad. Yet, this is a challenge of many non-profit organizations.

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

commitment to supporting the next generation of future leaders

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

expand to other international sites and get more youth involved

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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11 people found this review helpful

YouthLinc has completely changed my outlook on service. Before I was involved with them, I was pretty active in volunteering, but I never realized how much of a difference I was really making. This is such an amazing program that allows youth to experience, understand, and serve others in need. I was able to participate in a service trip with this group in 2008 and it was such a life changing experience. Our group worked so well together and we were able to complete even more projects than planned.

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

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

how my perspective really changed over the time that I was involved with YouthLinc. They really focus on helping each and every person become more involved in service and to understand the importance of the work that they are doing.

Ways to make it better...

if we would have been able to stay there longer. I felt like we were just getting started, but at least we completed all of the projects we started. I just wish it would have never ended

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?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Youthlinc changed my life immeasurably! There is not a single day that passes that I don't think of my experiences that were given to me through my service expedition. I show up 110% in my life and honor everyone in their magnificence because of the lessons I have learned by and through Youthlinc. What a huge impact this made on my life. (Not to mention the lives that I was able to connect with in Africa)Youthlinc does more than teaches kids to give service and become connected with their community. They provide an atmosphere that allows everyone to flourish. Giving back to man kind and showing people how to open their hearts and share everything you have in this lifetime. It's truly a remarkable program. Thank you Thank you thank you for being a part of my life a higher entity brought us together. For you have shaped the path I now take in life. For that I am forever grateful.

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

That Judy's spark in life has shined so brilliantly throughout the years that she continues to make affluence and abundance spread like wildfire. She has impacted so many lives & yet take no credit for the impact on others that postive energy is contagiou

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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