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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Rating: 4 stars  

My daughter came home from school one day and asked if she could apply to the Youthlinc international service program. I am so glad that we let her apply because this has been such an amazing experience for her and us. She has not been on the trip to Thailand yet but she has been volunteering in the community on a weekly basis. She works with local refugee children, planning activities with them and being a constant friend to them. I don't know who benefits more, these refugee children or my daughter. Youthlinc requires that members commit a certain number of hours volunteering in the local community in order to qualify for the international trip. Team members also must fundraise to pay their way. Youthlinc wants to create lifetime humanitarians. The rewarding feeling of helping others is invaluable and by completing these volunteer hours, members get hooked on the way it feels to do something for another human being, one who you may not have encountered before, one who you may not have understood before.The international trip will be eye-opening for the participants as well. It will be an experience that our kids will share for years to come and have such an impact on the people they visit. I cannot recommend Youthlinc highly enough! It is such a good cause and helps so many people.

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

watching my child expand her capabilities and learn what it means to serve others. She has become a true humanitarian.

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

There is nothing I would do to change this program except to try to expand it so that it's reach could extend to all young people who want to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has participated with Youthlinc in many ways for a number of years. She has seen and experienced things that have helped her see the world more clearly, and more importantly, she has more clearly seen her place in that world.

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

seeing the growth in my daughter through her participation.

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

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

by being a sponsor of Youthlinc.

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

Clone Judy Zone and several of their board members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

by being a sponsor of Youthlinc.

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

Clone Judy Zone and several of their board members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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!

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2007-8-01

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