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: 5 stars  

The last time I volunteered with Youthlinc was in 2013. This year I will be volunteering again. I am so excited to meet new people with a similar vision of helping other. My experience in 2013 was life changing and one of the best experiences of my life. I am looking forward to the 2015 service year and working with so many wonderful people.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This year, traveling to Thailand to help the Burmese people was one of the most life changing experiences I have ever had. Realizing how much we did for these people and how thankful they were for us being there was an incredible feeling. Not only did we go to teach and help the Burmese people but the Burmese people taught us. We left with more knowledge about there culture and way of life then we had arriving. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc was such a life changing experience for me. The way the program is run is wonderful and it honestly does make life long humanitarians. The opportunities they give to serve inside your community and in the outside world are amazing. Not only did I bond with the people of Guatemala but I also with my whole team and I made friendships that will last a lifetime. Youthlinc was one of the bet experiences of my life and I would recommend it to everyone.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My time with Youthlinc was one of the most defining and unforgettable experiences of my life. Youthlinc pushed me to make volunteerism a part of my life and I'm so glad it did. Service has helped to shape the person I'm becoming and has inspired me to dedicate my life to helping others. I can't wait to do another service trip with this organization.

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

Push students to get to know each other better before the trip.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is fantastic and I would recommend it to anybody looking to make a difference.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I heard about Youthlinc a few years ago and immediately wanted to get involved. Youthlinc was not only able to give me an opportunity to travel to Kenya and make a difference there, but it helped me realize there are plenty of places in our community that need help. Traveling to Kenya and making a difference for the people there was definitely life-changing and anyone involved will tell you the same thing. Thanks to Youthlinc and the wonderful people apart of it, I'm volunteering regularly and am now headed back to Kenya for a second time. Youthlinc is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

My volunteer experience definitely changed my outlook on life and I learned a whole bunch of new things. It's also a great place to make life long friends who believe in serving and bettering the community.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happiest I've ever been!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never met such a caring, generous and enthusiastic group of people like the ones I met at Youthlinc. The people here put all their efforts toward us volunteers and to our mutual goal to help the community we were visiting. All of these people are very supportive and help you accomplish all your tasks. They completely prepare you for your trip and are willing to go the extra mile just to help you out. I've experienced this personally. As my trip to Kenya was almost here I was overwhelmed with school work, sports, and Youthlinc tasks. However, my group reached out and help me accomplish what I needed to do for the trip. Everyone helped everyone, we made sure that we were all going to be prepared and not left behind.

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

I wouldn't make any

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc was amazing! I absolutely loved every minute I was able to be apart of the organization. I went on a service trip to Kenya, Africa this past summer. Youthlinc really made sure that everyone on the team was well taken care of and safe. Not for one moment did I think I wasn't safe or taken care of. The leaders of this organization are incredible! They make sure you feel welcome and have a great experience. I highly recommend using Youthlinc if you are ever thinking about going on an humanitarian trip. They really are the best! I cant wait to go on more service trips with Youthlinc throughout the years!

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

Nothing

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I returned to Youthlinc in 2013 to be an Alumni Leader for the Thailand team. It was amazing getting to experience helping other teenagers make a change in the world, both locally and internationally. Locally, everyone worked hard to serve their communities by consistently volunteering at various sites, while internationally, we all committed ourselves to helping the generous Thai and Burmese people around us. Youthlinc provided an excellent avenue for young adults to experience serving others while learning about life and the world from the people they served.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc teaches students so much about serving the community and helping anyone. The program far exceeded my expectations, and I made so many new friends through doing service with them. I feel like Youthlinc truly helped me make a difference through service.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Youthlinc is a wonderful organization that strives to provide leadership opportunities to youth while finding sustainable solutions to help those less fortunate. I was able to participate in an international trip to Kenya this past June and I can say it was one of the most challenging and heartwarming experiences I have ever had.

It was great seeing all of the hard work planning over the months leading up to the trip come to life once in country. The team worked so well together and was so flexible when something came up and plans changed.

Over all this was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it to friends!

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

Put more focus on community health and vocational programs. There was such a great response from the women in the village and it would be great to extend these programs to the men in the village as well.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Youthlinc is very good at keeping you well informed and busy the entire time you're in the country. Not only do you get to teach the locals there something new, but you learn things yourself, too, whether it's about yourself or about the people you're helping. There was perfect balance between interacting with those we were helping and getting to know more about them and doing other activities such as construction. I would definitely recommend this organization to a friend!

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

Let them know first thing exactly how much work will be going into the trip before they even leave. I thought all I had to do was 80 hours of local service and fundraise for my personal funds, but then all of the sudden I was expected to participate in a yard sale that raised funds for the team as a whole and collect money for "Love Youthlinc Day," which was hard because I had already asked everyone I knew to donate to my personal funds, and I didn't want to put pressure on them to donate more.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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