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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Amy O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Sandy G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that teaches our children in the USA to be more giving to each other, to those in the community and open minded to those from other countries!!! Wonderful organization for our youth!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YouthLinc has found a way to make an extraordinary marriage between service within a community and service abroad. They have integrated this profound approach of humanitarian work and service into the lives of youth in an effort to create lifelong humanitarians. I find this to be a unique and incredible organization for those reasons, I have worked with countless non profits and none of them have been able to successfully improve the lives of youth, those in need in our community, and those suffering in third world countries all at the same time. Their method is beyond impressive and extremely successful. I truly believe they just might be the best non profit organization I have ever encountered.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Our daughter served YouthLinc in Kenya summer 2008. She designed a micro finace program to share with the women in Kenya. She absolutely loved her experience. She is now serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. As a parent I felt the cost for the time there was extremely expensive to be paid for by the person. I also felt that some of the organizational details were not as detailed for a group going off to work as volunteers by themselves. YouthLinc has great aspirations and want to do good in many places. They have new ideas they want to incorporate and it may be too many at once without much experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful opportunity to see this organization change lives first hand. For the past two years my wife has been heavily involved working with Youthlinc as a volunteer, mentor, and employee. I have seen the lives of the people they help change, the teenagers who participate mature into young humanitarians, and our local community benefit. Thank you Youthlinc - you definitely make a difference!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is a youth-oriented service organization with it's primary purpose to create life-long humanitarians. The local service the youth engage in is an excellent way to have them connect with their communities. The international experiences are incredibly life-changing. My daughter went to Kenya and Mexico with this group, and it has truly helped her become a more global citizen. I love the connection with Rotary as well! Many of my high school students have also been involved, so I have seen many lives changed because of this program! Very well organized as well!