Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   506 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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EIN 87-0678393
801-467-4417
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our Son introduced us to Youthlinc last year and was with the group that served the people of Vietnam this past summer. I have never seen a better organized and managed group that truly walks it's talk that of building lifetime humanitarians, our son hopes to go again this next year.

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

Help it continue to grow and open opportunities for more youth to participate.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you Youthlinc for your organization's consistent communication, flexibility, and all your hard work in securing so many donations! Thank you for your cultural sensitivity and for purely serving Asociacion Ak’ Tenamit, not just taking it into your hands, but letting us tell you our needs. It is important to have that sort of consciousness in a group of people who volunteer internationally-- to understand how important it is to help in a sustainable way, empowering people to help themselves or giving them the tools to do so.

But what most impacted me about working with Youthlinc was the sincere connections your young people made with the students at Asociacion Ak' Tenamit. There were many language and cultural barriers, but those were surpassed and many beautiful friendships were cultivated ~ Bianca Gras, Asociacion Ak' Tenamit 2011-2012 Volunteer Coordinator

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Our one time involvement with YouthLinc lasted from Aug 07 thru July 08 about once per month until our daughter left on her service mission orgainzed by YouthLinc. Our experience with YouthLinc was fulfilling and rewarding for us, and especially for our daughter Marissa. We felt confident of YouthLinc providing adequate supervision and guidance to facilitate our teen-age daughter to travel to Peru and boat up the Amazon River to the village of Santa Rosa with school supplies, clothing donations, and to work on some building & pathway improvements in the village. In her quest to become a doctor, she saw first-hand the need for the "haves" to help the "have-nots." She returned home as a young woman with a differend perspective on life and how each human can have an effect on others. The organization required that she raise all the funds herself (about $2,500) needed for the the service mission...teaching her the skills required to raise donations for worthy causes. She solicited building supplies from local builders for some of the improvements and organized the sock donations to go with all the shoes that others collected. Each youth took an extra bag full of clothing donations for the children of the village. She held an giant Anaconda on the Amazon, a huge trantula found in their barracks, and caught piranha with the village kids as they gathered water to drink direct from the Amazon River. The skills and memories she acquired will be beneficial throughout the rest of her life.

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

seeing how the service mission to Peru affected my daughter and her perspective of mankind in third world countries.

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

encourage them to expand nationwide.

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

the parent-youth involvement and hearing the past experiences of those that preceeded our daughter's service mission.

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

genuine, caring, informative, helpful, professional (local doctor and hospital staff member joined the mission), and concerned about the need to help others.

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

expand the concept nationwide to the ranks of the YouthCorps, Peace Corp.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and financial means to participate as a volunteer on one of their service missions elsewhere.

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

volunteer staff support for fund raising, administration, service mission site expansion in addition to the places they alreay go (Mexico, Kenya, Peru, Thailand).

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

thank you YouthLinc...THANKS for encouraging our youth to make a difference and join a worthy cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

 
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