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1140 E. Brickyard Rd. # 76 Salt Lake City UT 84106 USA
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.
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.
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
our Service Year, Utah Local Service Directory, Young Humanitarian Award, Real Life refugee teen mentoring program.
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Youthlinc is a nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, Utah dedicated to making lifetime humanitarians. The time I spent in Kathmandu, Nepal with Youthlinc were easily the best two weeks of my life. I made so many strong friendships and learned so much about a new culture that was completely foreign to me. I got many leadership opportunities within my team, and was constantly busy doing construction work, teaching English lessons, going on home visits, getting to meet some of the most amazing families with the most humbling stories. I knew within a few days of being on Nepal that I wanted to continue to serve the international community as an alum leader for Youthlinc. (and I am going on another trip in the summer of 2016) I absolutely love Youthlinc, their mission statement, and the amazing things that they continue to do year after year for those less fortunate than us in third world countries. I would highly recommend Youthlinc to anyone who is looking to serve both their local and international communities, to take on leadership rolls, and to get out of their comfort zone and try something completely new.
- Alice Barnett
I love youthlinc. They are so unique in their program and I love how they are involved in community work and they have an amazing travel program. Such a great experience for any age and I love the adult leaders they have as that lead the discussions and all of the organization is incredible. Such an amazing year. Such an amazing program.
I was first involved with Youthlinc in 2011 when I was a senior in high school. I applied to the program because I wanted to not be so focused on myself and because I honestly thought it would look good on college resume's. I had a great experience going to Thailand and volunteering many hours throughout the year to a local service site. I got back and life caught up with me. I forgot about Youthlinc and it's mission until about 4 years later I got an email from them. I realized that I had not fulfilled Youthlinc's goal of creating a lifetime humanitarian. I also realized that I missed volunteering and being involved in my community. So I decided to apply to Youthlinc again to help open up a new site. I was excited to be a part of the organization 5 years later. I couldn't have guessed the impact that this trip was going to have on me. The organization, kindness, and true desire to help others made me reflect on myself. I felt that this organization wasn't about sending kids on an international trip to go experience the world, but much more. This organization is about reaching outside yourself, at times going outside your comfort level and finding ways to connect and help those around us. You gain different view points from serving others from such varied backgrounds. When we finally made it to our international site I was blown away by our approach. We weren't there to just hand them a bunch of stuff, but we were there to understand the international community and help implement projects their way to further improve their way of life. As we left the village for the last time I felt myself tear up. Coming home I truly feel that Youthlinc didn't give me a fun trip to Madagascar. Rather Youthlinc made me into a lifetime humanitarian.
Youthlinc was an amazing experience. I was apart of the 2016 Kenya team. I loved every minute of meeting new people, building, teaching, learning, and just experiencing things I though I never would. not only did the international trip change my life but also the community service we did changed my life as well
I have had so many incredible opportunities while being involved with youthlinc. I have been able to lose myself in the service of others and develop many life skills that have already become so valuable. Youthlinc has truely changed my life for the better and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to continue to be apart of it!
I absolutely love Youthlinc. My experience working with this program was so fulfilling. Youthlinc taught me to be responsible and passionate. I learned to involve others in my service and help them to feel passionate about the world as well. I feel that I learned so much from the complete program--both the local and international service experiences. After working with various international humanitarian programs, I remain very impressed with the effectiveness and strategy Youthlinc uses in international development. On a personal note, Youthlinc changed and reoriented my life.
Youthlinc was such an incredible experience for me. I loved doing local service at Real Life multiple times a week. Becoming friends with those kids was one of the greatest parts of my year. I loved getting to know my team and team leaders--they were great examples and friends. I went to Vietnam internationally and would not change that experience for anything. The people, especially the kids, I met there changed my life completely. I have never felt so much love and happiness. Never have I been so sweaty or exhausted or laughed and played so much. This experience was more than I could have hoped for.
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The worst part about my experience was the travelling. Our flight schedule had a lot of very very long layovers that were exhausting and difficult.
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Youthlinc is amazing!!
This nonprofit turns young people into promising future humanitarians and leaders through service both local and abroad. My personal experience with Youthlinc has been phenomenal. I was a volunteer on the Peru team for the 2013-2014 school year and we spent the year preparing for, and completing a humanitarian trip to northern Peru in a small village that greatly needed our help. We taught English, built a bridge for the school children to get to school, and taught the local women the trade of sewing on a machine to help make money for their families. The village was forever changed!
I love Youthlinc and its mission! I encourage everyone to check it out and to support it in its great cause!
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Hello! My name is Aubrey (I'm 17) and this past summer (2016) I traveled with a youthlinc trip to Madagascar. I absolutely loved it. Never before have I had such a rewarding and eye-opening experience in my entire life. Youthlinc's devotion to local service and 80 hour requirement prior to the universal trips sets them apart from all the rest. They require you to spend time serving those around you before you are able to serve those far away from you. Their commitment to consistent service before and after the trips keeps their volunteers on the path to becoming lifetime humanitarians. Instead of having all of the in country activities and arrangements made for you, student volunteers have to help plan them and create lessons to teach over seas. This gives students a sense of responsibility and demands the development of leadership skills. Overall, youthlinc was one of the best things that ever happened to me! Thanks to them I'm on my way to becoming the best lifetime humanitarian I can be.
I love my experience at real life!!! I was so sad to leave and am looking forward to next year when I can come see my wonderful friends at real life! You make such amazing relationships with the kids you mentor and it's very hard to leave.
Youthlinc's motto is "creating lifelong humanitarians", and I believe that it truly does. Something that makes Youthlinc so unique is that it requires students to serve both locally and globally, allowing students to see and act on the need in their own community, as well as creating cultural bridges among the globe. Youthlinc lights a spark in students to want to continue serving both locally and globally.