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February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Simply put, Youthlinc is a stellar non-profit organization, and I will attempt to tell you why, though there is not enough space here to mention everything that makes this organization so great.

I was introduced to Youthlinc several months ago when my 15-year old daughter's membership
application was accepted and she was asked to join. She is one of the youngest students of Youthlinc this year and will be participating in the service mission trip to Mexico this summer. Within just a few short months, she was warmly welcomed with open arms by Youthlinc, and has gotten to know some wonderful fellow members. She is already having a great humanitarian experience and thoroughly enjoys her local service work at the Real Life refugee center in Salt Lake City. Having observed her sister's experience thus far, my 13-year old daughter is 'waiting in the wings' to apply to Youthlinc as soon as she is eligible.

One of the best things that sets Youthlinc apart from other "youth service organizations" is the fact that there is the requirement for students to commit to completing a minimum number of LOCAL hours of community volunteer work, in order to be eligible to serve at an international site in the summer. The exposure to both local and international community needs is a giant step toward Youthlinc's goal of creating LIFETIME HUMANITARIANS, something that few non-profits accomplish, and that more high school and college students should pursue.

Through my daughter's involvement, I have become very fond of Youthlinc and have also gotten to know some of the Youthlinc staff and students. Because of the heart-felt dedication and clearly established goals of this organization, I decided to become a member of their Annual Benefit Planning Committee. Every person I've met at Youthlinc is nothing short of incredible and commited. It is instantly obvious that they truly love what they do. The Director/Founder, Judy Zone, is a contagious force of enthusiasm and passion, which funnels down to the office staff, the international team leaders, the alumni members, and of course the students and volunteers of this organization. Judy and her small, dedicated staff truly keep this organization performing at top-notch levels and continually aim for success. Having volunteered and worked with various other non-profits, I can tell you that Youthlinc is one of the "smartest", most well-run, well-supported and most dedicated organizations there is, that is committed to bettering both our youth AND the needs of local and international communities. I strongly encourage all high school and college students and their parents to take a much closer look at Youthlinc. You will be very impressed.

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

Various encounters, as mentioned above, have reinforced my support of this passionate organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would like to see Youthlinc do more to promote their great organization - it's the "best kept secret" for a well-run Youth Service program.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The outstanding opportunity for my daughter, a sophomore in high school, to begin a serious humanitarian journey at an early age, with a stellar organization.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

To help fund my daughter's international service trip to Mexico this summer, with any leftover money being donated to the Youthlinc organization.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It's one of the most well-run non-profits, and certainly one of the absolute best Youth Service programs in existence, with the profound goal of creating Lifetime Humanitarians. Every high school & college age student should take a serious look at Youthlinc.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

Youthlinc provides great humantarian service opportunites for youth and adults. They encourage service in our community as well as in other countries. Humanitarian service trips are available in many parts of the world. This is a great opportunity to mold our youth and to help them develop care and concern for the less fortunate in our world and to give back to others when they are blessed with so much.

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

This is our family's first year with this organization. I have seen great compassion developing in the youth that serve with the Real Life Salt Lake City Teen Refugees and in the planning of their committees and projects for their humanitarian trips. The growth and development of youth leadership with this group is invaluable.

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

I would like to see some group work projects to help the youth raise money for their trips. I think they could do group projects like cleaning the University of Utah stadium or other projects to help them earn money.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

Great organization, developing young people to be lifetime humanitarians. My son was involved with Youthlinc, and we are now ardent supporters. He earned his scholarship for a trip to Peru by volunteering with a local organization mentoring elementary hispanic students. He then went to Peru and was involved in construction projects, health education projects and youth mentoring. His Youthlinc experience is an experience he will never forget, and has encouraged him to continue his volunteer work in the community. Currently, he is volunteering at our local hospital, as he is considering a career in the medical field.

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

Our community has benefitted greatly in the many ways the students have volunteered throughout our community. And personally, I have benefitted in the way my son has changed his world view and sees his contribution to the community and the world at large.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it possible for every student to participate in the program who wants to.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

There are many groups who travel around the world performing wonderful acts of service to those in need.
What sets Youthlinc apart is the requirement for service on the home front. Being able to build a school in Kenya, or help with sanitation needs in Peru is generally a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity. Becoming service-minded and working to address the needs around you is where a lifetime of change can occur.
Youthlinc works to open the minds of young men and women to the service possibilities all around them. It also encourages these wonderful youth to stretch and grow and see what they can do to truly affect change.

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

by being a sponsor of Youthlinc.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone Judy Zone and several of their board members.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

There are many groups who travel around the world performing wonderful acts of service to those in need.
What sets Youthlinc apart is the requirement for service on the home front. Being able to build a school in Kenya, or help with sanitation needs in Peru is generally a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity. Becoming service-minded and working to address the needs around you is where a lifetime of change can occur.
Youthlinc works to open the minds of young men and women to the service possibilities all around them. It also encourages these wonderful youth to stretch and grow and see what they can do to truly affect change.

The Great!

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

by being a sponsor of Youthlinc.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone Judy Zone and several of their board members.

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

As a mother of 2 students who have participated in this group all I can say is WOW! The experience changed their lives in more ways than I could have ever imagined. The service they offered both locally and internationally touched their hearts and instilled in them a rich desire to continue to serve. More compassion, greater empathy and a love of all mankind was the result of their experience with Youthlinc. Kudos to Judy Zone for a well run organization that empowers kids to get involved.

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

Literally change the world one humanitarian at a time. Each student that attends a Youthlinc trip touches the lives of so many others through meaningful service.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

My son was a participant in the Thailand experience. It was a chance of a lifetime and he learned so much! He was able to go to the land devastsed by the tsunami and help the people and children. This organization helps youth become global citizens who are compassionate future leaders, who will definitely make a difference in this world!

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

watching my son grow and develop to become more conscious of the world and the people who struggle to survive. He learned that one person can make a difference.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

We had two of our daughters go to Africa with Youth Linc. I think the hundred hours of service they were required to give at home was the best thing for them. It helped them feel comfortable giving service. I also think the meetings they attended in advance helped them both learn to love the people of Africa. In fact our oldest daughter is now living in Botswana. I'm not sure how much the short two weeks of service they gave in Kenya really helped the people there, but the experience was a blessing to my girls, and hopefully they will continue to make a difference in the world.

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

Very dedicated

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

Our local Rotary Club has been involved for years sponsoring youth in their humanitarian work locally and internationally. We also have two daughters who have been participants. It was a life-changing experience for them. The local work that they do is at least as valuable as the international experience.

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

outstanding. They are committed to helping to develop lifetime humanitarians out of youth who have a desire to serve others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

I have worked with Judy over the years and haveseen the results of this program of creating "life long Humanitarians" I have seen the presentations of the adults and have heard their stories of some of the best experiences of the lives. However, the most exceptional results are realized in the youth.... as they have stated over and over " Youthlinc is truly a life changing experience"

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

having youth and leaders report back on their experiences

Ways to make it better...

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

obtain more funding to provide more youth with this opportunity

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

seeing youth become life long humanitarians

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

committed to helping others to give and to recieve

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

expand this concept throught the world

Ways to make it better...

I could have gone with them

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

adequate resources

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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