Youthlinc

Rating: 4.85 stars   516 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.

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801-467-4417
www.youthlinc.org

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

I first got involved in Youthlinc in 2002, on the trip to Kenya. It is amazing to see how much the organization has grown over the years. When I moved back to Utah in 2010, I just had to be involved again. Youthlinc is an amazing program aimed at creating lifetime humanitarians, and I think they have definitely succeeded.

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

Ever since my first trip, I have always wanted to go again. That first trip really changed my life and my global perspective. I'm excited that I have a chance to work with them again.

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

Find a way to allow even more students to share the amazing experiences that come from being involved with Youthlinc.

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

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

Nothing that I can think of.

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

Profoundly. I learned a lot about leadership and organization as well as making lifetime friends. I'm really glad that almost ten years after my first trip that I have a chance to be a part of Youthlinc again.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It really changed my life. It was challenging and very rewarding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

youthlinc is such an amazing program. I was involved with it in 2009 when I went on a humanitarian. trip to Kenya, it was life changing. The process that youthlinc has is incredible. They don't just send youth over seas on humanitarian trips, they get them involved in the community first. They get them serving in their own back yard, and that is one of the things that I love so much about youthlinc. I love them so much that now I have come back and I am the alum leader for the Thailand team. It is amazing to see the youth that are involved grow as people, because they really do. Love youthlinc!

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

I have experienced them in person, and it happened to me. I changed as a human being and it made me want to be a better person and respect everything that I take for granted.

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

I honestly wouldn't, I feel like it is an excellent program with excellent philosophies.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I Volunteered with Youthlinc in 2010 and it was the one of the best experiences of my life. I was a mentor to the Thailand team and I watched the students accomplish amazing acts of service and leadership throughout that program year. The Youthinc program offers a unique and important mixture of local and international service that anyone with any level of passion for service can appreciate. It allows students to claim ownership in their community and encourages leadership. This program could probably turn a selfish person into a lifelong humanitarian. Its in fun and fulfilling to work with this organization.

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

becoming a lifelong humanitarian myself and seeing first hand the impact it had on the students involved in the program.

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

expand the reach of the organization and start branches in more cities in the US.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Fabulous organization! My daughter is headed to Cambodia this year for 17 days of service. The best part is she has to do 80 hours of service in our local community to meet the requirements to go. She is learning early what a difference serving makes in your life! As a result, she will learn to serve and give back for the rest of her life. She is also learning how to organize her time and the strengths that she has to share with the team she will be serving with. You don't just pay your money and show up. You have to be extremely committed and willing to do your part to make this trip successful

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

my daughter's life. She knows that service will always be an important part of her life.

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

none. They know what they are doing.

 
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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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