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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801-467-4417
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

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

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

Yes, with my daughter

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

Allow multiple year experiences to those who really wanted to volunteer again!

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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

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.

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

my interaction with Danielle Palmer who lead an expedition for them in Kenya

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

do nothing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

what they stand for and what they accomplish

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard working, passionate about the cause and determined

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world

Ways to make it better...

I worked with them first hand as a volunteer or employee

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money/funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be everything it wants to be and help others around the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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!

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

attending their events and fundraisers

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

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the smiles come after hard work pays off

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always nice and helpful - genuine and sincere about their cause

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Add many new cities, villages, and communities to their list of destinations they help. They would be able to grow their local organization throughout the world.

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising enough capital

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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!

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

watching my daughter and my high school students become incredible, caring, unselfish adults! Having them involved in service helps them see how they can become ordinary heroes. The international experience truly has helped them become world citizens

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have worked with and around through Youth Linc and our Rotary Club. I also have worked with them at a leadership conference. I have seen so many wonderful accomplishments and life changing developments of the adults and youth that have been involved with them in their projects. All ages and communities are better for their efforts. I would always support their efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the changes and growth of the youth that participated. Their great leadership and energy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My son participated with YouthLinc in 2006 on a project in Mexico to help build a school. The project involved about 20 college age individuals, some spoke Spanish while others did not. I was impressed that so many young people would volunteer their time and pay their own way to do something like that to help people they didn't even know. People like them are what makes America so great. We are the most generous country and people in the world. Way to go YouthLinc!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help bring better education opportunities to more people who live where it is hard to get a quality education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My daughter had the kind of experience I had always hoped to find for my children. This organization combines local volunteer opportunities with international volunteer opportunities along with the support needed. We loved it!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way it incorporates local community efforts AND international efforts. You get to help in your own community and then you get to take these skills out into the international community. Also, you are helped every step of the way with mentors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

My daughter was a Youthlinc volunteer to Kenya in 2008. Overall, the program was well run and the focus on developing lifetime humantarians was well-conceived. As parents we observed the positive impact of the program on our daughter's development, and have only positive comments on the program. Although the culmination of the project is a volunteer trip to a developing country, it is the day-to-day experience of volunteering locally, and the guidance provided by Youthlink staff and mentors during the formative months which is the most meaningful. I would highly recommend the program to young people of all ages.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of the highest caliber and highly motivated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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