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 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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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.