Youthlinc

Rating: 4.85 stars   531 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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Rating: 2 stars  

I have been on two trips, my first trip as a student and my second year as an alum. My first trip was fantastic although I felt like we weren't doing much other than playing with kids and teaching them a few words of English. (I'm not sure how English would help them at all in Thailand) I loved playing with the kids and frolicking around but I wanted and expected to do more then just go take pictures with kids? I was hoping we would do you some type of construction. But the first year the only type of construction we did was level out a "field" which is an area that is often flooded that at the end of the two weeks was unleveled again.
The only type of construction I did the second year was dig trenches for rain (which would fill up and disappear in one day) to me it just kinda felt like busy work and trying to pretend we were actually helping. The second year was when i was an alum we were supposed to build the bathroom but instead they hired several local workers to build the bathroom which is understandable because they did it 10x better and faster than we would have. But then were kinda left with nothing to do other than dig holes in the mud and bring the works some water.

I'm not complaining about the work of digging in the dirt at all. I wanted more of it. Just the work we seemed to be doing was just to make it look like we had something to do while we weren't playing with the kids. Don't get me wrong, these places really do need help. But the help we were offering didn't seem to be very helpful.

Now on to the leaders of my trips,
First year- Bobby and Carson. The most fantastic positive people you'll ever meet. Love them to death and they are the reason I signed up the second year.

Second year- Dave and Linda. The reason i hate Youthlinc. Not only did they favor their kid who was on the trip and her friends. they were completely clueless and unhelpful to the whole team. NOT leaders. A girl went MISSING IN THAILAND ON MY TEAM and the leaders/ mentors were talking about adding each other on Facebook while the whole team was looking for her? Then when we found her Dave tried to comfort her but made her more homesick and MORE uncomfortable. Oh let's not forget when the kid rented a motorbike and rode into downtown in the rain and bought alcohol. Did Dave or Linda ever find out? Yeah at the end of the trip when our group had a charge for a motorbike on it. But the kid was gone for hours and missed dinner. Why didn't they know? Oh probably because they were chatting about Facebook. When we were on location Dave and Linda sat in the shade all day and yelled at people for not working. Dave told one of my team mates to "get back to work" when they had just sat down to drink water then got passive aggressive when they asked if they could have minute just so they could have some water? This trip was complete chaos. Kids renting motorbikes, girls missing and under age kids drinking? Not to forget that Dave is a complete and total sexist bully. Let's talk about the team doctor (not a doctor a fertility nurse ?) she knew nothing about medicine and everytime someone would ask her for help or was having a health problem she would say take and Advil or put a bandaid on it. Some of my teammates were riding elephants when the elephant slipped and sling shoted them into a tree and also get one of them stuck under the elephant. You know what the doctor did after that to help? Nothing. One of the bus drivers pulled out a first aid box and helped the girls out. Then later at dinner she said do you need an Advil (of course)

My final thoughts and advice for Youthlinc,
Interview your leaders better and don't pick any stupid adults with the money. They are watching teenagers and need to pay attention.
Do more construction and less pictures? I feel like this a tour group or something and not a humanitarian trip.

In the end I do not regret signing up for Youthlinc because of the friends and memories I've made . But they need to improve because my last trip was straight up chaos and negative

 
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I know who wrote this comment, and I know this individual had a particular rough year personally during her second trip. I reached out to her personally on more than one occasion. I still feel awful that she is in a bad place, and would be happy to speak with her again. I am really sorry that she feels her experience was not optimum. As far as her Team Leaders are concerned, one is still our Board Chair, and responsible for a lot of the good we do in this state and world. The comments about him, and the team nurse, are unfair - even though everyone is entitled to their opinion. The 500+ very positive reviews for Youthlinc on this website speak for themselves and the experience of the overwhelming majority of our participants. Judy Zone Youthlinc Executive Director

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I traveled to Nepal this past July with Mark and Shelly Burningham as my team leaders and it was the most enlightening and humbling experience! To be on a team with the sweetest and coolest mentors/peers from all across the state of Utah who all cared about the same things as I did and had the same goal of helping others made it all worthwhile and incredibly special! As a recent high school graduate, I feel that Youthlinc's testimony of creating lifetime humanitarians is one that is especially powerful that impacts youth greatly. If you are a high school/college student looking to broaden your service experience, meet new people, travel someplace new, and change your life, Youthlinc is for you!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I truly felt like I was part of a family in which everyone cared for and loved each other. The privilege to serve children and families in need is one I will never forget, and I will continue to recommend Youthlinc to my fellow peers looking for a life changing experience.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Going on a humanitarian trip to Guatemala was so rewarding in so many ways! I was able to come back and be a more appreciative and grateful person. There are so many great memories I will forever cherish! My leaders were amazing and I truly miss my mentors who were there for me every step of the way. I learned a lot from being in their community and about team work. I do think that there needs to be more emphasize on being a civically engaged person in the community (long term) coming back home.

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

My experience with Youthlinc was amazing! Our group leaders were incredibly organized and did a fantastic job. I was in such good hands on the trip and the experience and reliability of the leaders and adult mentors kept me at ease. The service I was able to do in country as well as locally is something I will never forget. You must me dedicated and willing to work hard, but I highly suggest applying for this program!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc has changed my life for the better. By installing a love for service into me, they motivated me to become a member of every service club possible at my school. The have installed life time humanitarians into the youth of Utah, by having them serve in their community and internationally. Youthlinc created an environment that allowed students to be them self, learn from others, and to serve. They are an organization that has exceeded my expectations and I would gladly participate with Youthlinc again.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is an amazing organization that allows youth to associate with other service minded teens and adults. My team went to Peru and I couldn't have asked for a better leader, assistant team leader, or team in general. We all became very good friends over the course of the service year. This cohesiveness that we developed was crucial to our success in country. We were able to complete various projects in our village including cement work, chicken coops, and a mural.
In addition to relationships within the team, I built relationships with the people of Santa Isabel that I wouldn't have without the opportunity that Youthlinc gave me to serve them.

Youthlinc isn't just some way to be able to travel outside the country, it requires students to complete 80 hours of local service before the international service trip. My local service site was a nearby elementary. I had amazing experiences with the kids that I tutored there. Overall, Yourhlinc provided me with such a wonderful experience that definitely leaves me wanting to continue serving people, both locally and internationally.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is an incredible organization. I have learned so much over my 3 years of participation. It is a great way to get involved in service and humanitarian work, especially because it is so hands-on. Youthlinc has changed my life and given me a huge appreciation of all of the many things I have.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc provided me with an eye-opening and interactive view of the benefits on both ends of service (the recipient and the volunteer) both in a smaller local setting and the larger global community. I am thrilled to have become involved with Youthlinc.

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

I would want to learn more about the country I'm going to (culture, customs, do's and don'ts, etc.) before going there. I would also have liked to have more opportunity to get to know my team members before going.

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: 4 stars  

A service trip will always change your life for the better. It makes you think of others before yourself and helps put things in perspective.
Youthlinc is a wonderful way to do such a trip. It is extremely well organized, brings the best out in people, and teaches you life long lessons. I will recommend Youthlinc to anyone interested in working hard, making a different in other peoples life and wanting to learn about other peoples culture.
I loved my experience as a mentor.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

My service trip to Cambodia has been amazing. It not only taught me about service, helping others in need and putting others before myself but also about the amazing history that has shaped this country. I loved how Youthlinc took time to educate and show us what the country and its people have been through. It is not until you understand a persons background that you can fully comprehend where they are coming from and what their needs are. I feel like we learned on so many different levels. While I was gone my husband was busy keeping up on his own work, the kids, running the household and several yard projects. I thought he did great, but when I made lunch for my children the first day I was home, we discovered Jason had not made it to the store to shop for groceries and therefore we were out of Thomas favorite colbyjack cheese. Thomas got really put out. What was he supposed to eat now? He could not have a sandwich without his cheese!!!! Besides there was nothing in the house to eat at all!!!! Nothing good. He was just NOT going to eat ANYthing!!!!! With my heart still in Cambodia I told him of an experience I had had the last day we were in Siem Reap. We had sat down at the restaurant to eat our breakfast. I noticed 2 boys coming in and looking under the tables and chairs. My first thought were that they had been in there to eat just before us and lost something. Silly me! It fast became clear to me that the missing object was food. They were street boys, or at least very poor boys looking for food. Starving! I quickly called the one boy over to me. He appeared to be about 8 or 9. With sign language I asked him if he was hungry and wanted food. He nodded eagerly and could not take his eyes off of my plate. I had just buttered and jamed 2 rather large pieces of bread. I had not yet touched my omelet or opened my water. I put the breads in a zip lock bag I had and did the same with my omelet. My girlfriend had now seen what was going on and helped me put another omelet in a napkin for the boys. I then gave them my water and asked one of the other students for their water as well. The expression on this little boys face when I handed him all that food was priceless. He could have run to the corner and snorfed it all down by himself, but he did not. He ran to his brother and we saw how they together sat down outside and shared. I of course was starving that morning, but hunger had never felt so good to me before. Because I was hungry, those 2 wonderful boys were full. I know you are supposed to "teach a man to fish" instead of just giving him a fish. For the past 2 weeks we had "taught men to fish". Sometimes a man just need a fish too. Those boys had nothing to eat. They had nothing in their kitchen. They were just not going to eat anything, but for different reasons than my son, Thomas. After telling this story nothing else was said in the kitchen for quite a while. My other children ate their food in silence, thankful they had food. Thomas just sat there and thought. After about 4-5 minutes he got up, got the provelone cheese out, put it on his sandwich and ate it in silence. Thank you Youthlinc for giving me this unforgettable experience. I have memories and lessons for a lifetime. Pernille Ream, Mentor.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Youthlinc is an incredible organization. I was a participant for the 2015 service year. I went to Cambodia, and it was incredible. Youthlinc helped me all along the way and they truly do an amazing job. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Youthlinc. Life changing!

 
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