Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   497 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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a parent that had a daughter on the Kenya 2015 trip. Not only was her youthlinc experience in Africa Awesome!!, but it has also magnified her desire to serve others in her community. She is looking for ways to be involved in serving in college and of course talking about her next trip with youthlinc. I always had confidence in Youthlinc that she would be safe and taken care of. I strongly recommend youthlinc to anyone considering it. Plan on sending my last two boys when they are old enough.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 3 stars  

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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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 3 stars  

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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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Make it easier for them to get funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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