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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Economic Development, International Exchange, Microfinance, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is truly a great nonprofit organization, creating lifetime humanitarians. It has made an immense impact in my life and of those I love. I really enjoyed every moment of my experience with Youthlinc, starting from the beginning of my trip to actually going on the trip. It helped me become more confident, a better team member, and a hard worker. I would extremely recommend Youthlinc to any person who want to help other people either in their community or internationally. I will always remember Youthlinc, as the start of my lifetime as a humanitarian.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are a lot of organizations that take students on international humanitarian trips, but Youthlinc is the best program to go with. Not only do you get the opportunity to serve people internationally, Youthlinc gives students the chance to become more involved within their own community. Serving locally truly does create lifetime humanitarians which changes the lives of all those who work with Youthlinc. I would recommend Youthlinc to anyone who is passionate about service.

1 Jayne B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was our first experience with Youthlinc and it was wonderful! They are a great organization. They are well organized, great at communicating and clear on what their expectations are of the kids. I like that their goal is building life long humanitarians. The 80 hours local service that the kids have to do is wonderful and Youthlinc is great at providing opportunities. My daughter's experience with Youthlinc and her trip to Nepal was life changing! Thank you Youthlinc for providing this opportunity to the kids in our community!

Harry N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Bianca B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.