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Youthlinc
September 30, 2009

Our one time involvement with YouthLinc lasted from Aug 07 thru July 08 about once per month until our daughter left on her service mission orgainzed by YouthLinc. Our experience with YouthLinc was fulfilling and rewarding for us, and especially for our daughter Marissa. We felt confident of YouthLinc providing adequate supervision and guidance to facilitate our teen-age daughter to travel to Peru and boat up the Amazon River to the village of Santa Rosa with school supplies, clothing donations, and to work on some building & pathway improvements in the village. In her quest to become a doctor, she saw first-hand the need for the "haves" to help the "have-nots." She returned home as a young woman with a differend perspective on life and how each human can have an effect on others. The organization required that she raise all the funds herself (about $2,500) needed for the the service mission...teaching her the skills required to raise donations for worthy causes. She solicited building supplies from local builders for some of the improvements and organized the sock donations to go with all the shoes that others collected. Each youth took an extra bag full of clothing donations for the children of the village. She held an giant Anaconda on the Amazon, a huge trantula found in their barracks, and caught piranha with the village kids as they gathered water to drink direct from the Amazon River. The skills and memories she acquired will be beneficial throughout the rest of her life.

The Great!

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

seeing how the service mission to Peru affected my daughter and her perspective of mankind in third world countries.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage them to expand nationwide.

More feedback

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

the parent-youth involvement and hearing the past experiences of those that preceeded our daughter's service mission.

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

genuine, caring, informative, helpful, professional (local doctor and hospital staff member joined the mission), and concerned about the need to help others.

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

expand the concept nationwide to the ranks of the YouthCorps, Peace Corp.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and financial means to participate as a volunteer on one of their service missions elsewhere.

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

volunteer staff support for fund raising, administration, service mission site expansion in addition to the places they alreay go (Mexico, Kenya, Peru, Thailand).

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

thank you YouthLinc...THANKS for encouraging our youth to make a difference and join a worthy cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I let my daughter go on a service mission to help a village in Peru on the Amazon River.