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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sheila J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an amazing program. As an educator of 25 years and a parent of a Youthlinc volunteer it is by far one of the most successful leadership training program for you. I have seen my own daughter and hundreds others thrive. The beauty of this organization is that it changes the hearts of all involved. My daughter loved serving the elderly on our local town and was the light of the rest home. She cried when she had to leave Guatemala after her summer humanitarian trip. What Youthlinc accomplished in two short weeks is nothing short of miraculous. 38 families were taught vocational skills, business and money management, and dozens of children we estatic to learn about sound, health and dozens of other lessons. Concrete floors were poured and specially designed stoves installed. Lives will be saved literally by not having toxic smoke in their homes. The adult volunteers sacrificed and pay their own way to ensure the experience is superior. When a young adult catches a vision to serve then they fulfill the mission statement in its entirety- "Creating Humanitarians For Life!" All my children will be Youthlinc humanitarians! Judy has created a model that is second to none. This organization needs to be in every state!

Shalese C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege and opportunity to participate in two service year trips with Youthlinc, both of which have been to Kenya Africa. I have been volunteering as a mentor for the Community Health Committee (a smaller group within the team). Everything I learned while studying Public Health in college has been applicable and beneficial to this role. I've really enjoyed the focus on education while we taught about Clean Water, Dental Hygiene, Personal Hygiene, Family Health, Malaria Prevention, STD/HIV prevention, Anti-smoking/drinking, Female Health, and so much more. This last year we were able to also focus on teaching and education girls about their bodies, caring for them, and handing out Days for Girls kits that allow them to continue to attend school even when they are on their periods. This will allow more girls to finish school and go to the University and to be able to change generations in the future. It has been an incredible experience working with everyone; the staff in the office, the team leader(s), the team, and all the people we work closely with while in country. I love the focus on education and knowledge sharing rather then hand-outs. We prepare from October til we leave in the summer for the lessons we will teach, the projects we will implement, and so much more. The preparation time helps to make the experience that much more powerful! When there I feel as though we are working together with the people to help them find solutions that work for them. We are there assisting in the education and sharing of information. I loved my experiences and am excited to continue to be a volunteer/mentor with such a wonderful organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a partner working with the Youthlinc team in Thailand, we were impressed by the work ethic and interest level of the volunteers to complete their projects. Their hard work and enthusiasm will be remembered by the Burmese community for a long time to come! Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a physician, I felt it was time for me to intensify my efforts in educating others on the great field of healthcare. So many have taught me so much throughout my professional career and I wanted to share this knowledge. My desire on this trip was:
1) To educate my team and those we served that by taking better care of ourselves we can come to take care of others better;
2) To impress upon our team that there are many things we can do to help others;
3) To provide health education on things that could be sustained by those living in Peru after we left;
4) For those we served to know that we truly cared about them and wanted to improve their lives in important ways;
5) For all of us to learn how by working together we become far more effective than if we tried to accomplish these things on our own.
The strength of Youthlinc is that they have an excellent method of training volunteers before they leave through providing local service. By setting high standards of personal conduct the volunteers become ambassadors of humanitarian service, both in our community and worldwide.

Sincerely,
Jerry Sonkens, M.D.

Terry P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Mentor for Salt Lake County Youth Government. Many of the YouthLINC students are volunteers with our group. Our man focus is on youth homelessness. The YouthINC volunteers are reliable and effective. My oldest daughter went on a YouthLINC trip to Peru and had a life changing experience. She is a strong (6ft) woman who gets teary eyed when talking about her trip. She gets emotional in a good way. The children on her trip touched her deeply. My second daughter will be taking a service trip to Cambodia this summer. It is a relief knowing that she will be a part of a well organized group that will truly make a difference in the world.

Staci O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I went as a social work mentor. We did construction projects at two schools in the jungle of Thailand as well as built relationships with their students and faculty. YouthLINC is an amazing program that teaches local and international services in order to create lifetime humanitarians. This experience changed my life. To go to a country that we don't speak each others' language and learn to love, grow, play, and serve each other was incredible. The Thai people are so loving and they will forever be in my heart.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I served both as a dental professional and a mentor for the young adults volunteering for this humanitarian experience. Along with providing basic dental and surgical treatments, time was also dedicated toward both adult and child oral and systemic health. I led a team of young adults interested in the dental field that served as assistants and educators of oral hygiene. Mentoring the students was an important and extremely satisfying component of the experience

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Top notch organization that directly involves young people one on one with people in other countries. A fine organization, well run.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very well run non profit designed to gine youth life changing humanitarian volunteer experince at home and in third world countries. I was a volunteer physician on a trip to Africa and was most impressed with the dedication of the adult leaders and enthusiasm of the kids in helping change lives in rural Kenya. The work at a deaf school is ongoing with many return trips helping this segment of the population in many untold ways. This experience has layed the ground work for many of these youth to continue volunteer humanitarian work well into adulthood and for the rest of their lives.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I went to Ocatlan Mexico as a professional mentor -- i am a social worker. I was able to provide consults to families there that had children with disabilities. I learned so much about the wonderful Mexican culture. It was difficult to see how the children's lives were affected by poverty in that they were unable to get many of the services that we take for granted in the US. The Rotary group that sponsored us was so welcoming and helpful.