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October 14, 2013

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October 14, 2013

My 17-year-old son is a great kid, but has been fortunate enough to have been raised in a safe, sheltered community. I wanted him to be able to gain some perspective about our world and the vast number of people who live in dire poverty. So after hearing a rave review from an acquaintance about Youthlinc, I encouraged him to sign up. At first, he didn't believe that it was possible to travel to a foreign country. It took some persuasion and a little bit of pressure to get him to actually apply to the program. But he did and was accepted.

The next nine months were filled with service at a care center, Youthlinc meetings and fundraising. It was great to have him complete 80 hours of service so that he felt like he "earned" the trip. And fundraising was another experience that changed his perspective, because he realized how generous people can be. Finally, all of the preparations were made and Spencer was at the airport going to Peru. Something he hadn't thought possible was about to take place!

The service experience in Peru was priceless. Our son enjoyed connecting with the people. He grew close to most of the kids in the small village and played soccer with them daily. Upon returning home, he said, "Compared to these people, I have everything, so I want to do everything I can to help and serve them." He and the other 30 people from Youthlinc were in tears when they left the village after their two weeks of service. It was definitely a life-changing experience for him. I can't think of a better way to help him shift his paradigm and perspective about world poverty.

Thank you, Youthlinc, for providing this amazing opportunity!

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Life-changing

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2013

October 13, 2013

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October 13, 2013

Youthlinc is a great non-profit organization that builds young humanitarians. The program is great in teaching youth to serve their community and their country. I witnessed a 16 year old go out in the community to solicit help with gaining funds to go to Africa for 17 days doing humanitarian service. She first served her community by volunteering at a local respite nursery for children. She grew to love serving her community and felt she was able to make a difference. She went to make a difference in Africa but Africa made a difference in her.

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October 13, 2013

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October 13, 2013

My daughter grew so much during her time with Yoithlinc. This organizations conducts service trips to help children and schools in developing countries. Her trip was to Guatemala. Her service there and her experience there were wonderful, but she grew the most in performing local service by herself and with her team in her own community.

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Life-changing

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2013

August 29, 2013

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August 29, 2013

I have had 3 of my daughters go on Youthlinc trips to Cambodia and Kenya over the last two years. The change that has taken place in their lives is priceless. I love the fact that Youthlinc is really big on local service. It seems that some people just want to do the International humanitarian service because it sounds cool, but the more important part is serving locally. I love that my girls have become so aware of the local service opportunities because of YouthLinc. They will be forever lifetime humanitarians because of YouthLinc. Thank you so much for that.

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Life-changing

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2013

July 30, 2013

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July 30, 2013

YouthLinc is a youth organization that changes the lives of the youth and mentors who serve as well as those they serve both locally and internationally. The local service our daughter did to those in need are experiences that will drive her passions for the rest of her life. Thank you YouthLinc for your well thought out organization!

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Life-changing

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March 11, 2013

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March 11, 2013

Hello - I saw a flyer from a friend and wanted to help out with a donation for a trip. I was really hoping to see a paypal option on your donation page. That is my preferred method over credit card on-line payments. I hope you add that as a payment option.

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February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

I am completely sold on Youthlinc's program. As a parent I was a little concerned when my daughter wanted to join youthlinc and travel to Peru to help there. I loved the idea but wanted to make sure she was with a good organization that would keep her safe as well. Youthlinc provided the support structure along with good leaders and medical personnel, all there for the volunteers to keep them healthy and safe. They took good care of my daughter when she did get sick upon arrival in Peru, and she went on to have a fabulous experience. Along with the service in Peru, my favorite part of the program is the hours of service they are required to put in to their own community before going abroad. Youthlinc is the best organization of its kind that I have found.

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the life of my daughter, and her ability to see outside of herself to the needs of her community, and the world.

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increase the availability of sponsorships so that more youth can participate.

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

THe work that youthlinc is doing is amazing. It's great to see NPO like them making a difference.

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The stories I've heard from others. Inspiring.

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Make it easier for them to get funding.

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

My daughter Jessica, who is 16, chose this organization after carefully researching all of the non-profits in our area. Youthlinc is creating life long humanitarians through their program. Youthlinc implements a program that gives me great hope for the future. The monthly meetings have great purpose. These children will easily lead and teach and serve our communities of tomorrow.

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There are Youthlinc volunteers who watch my four year old son in a daycare setting, while I am with my six year old son at a Social Skills class for autistic children. My four year old has developed great bonds of friendship with these volunteers. He feels special, and he gets the attention that he deserves.

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There are so many children who want to participate in the Youthlinc program, but there is not enough money at Youthlinc to accomodate everyone. If they could accept all of the applications that met criteria, the positive results would be immeasurable.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

This organization is wonderful. It provides youth with the experience of witnessing the lifestyle of others around the world. It allows the youth who participate to help out those who are less fortunate while learning about other cultures and beliefs.

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the growth of my brother who went to Afrcia. Seeing the changes made in him during the experience was wonderful.

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allow for more of a budget on advertising. This organization needs to be known through the state.

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