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Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Economic Development, International Exchange, Microfinance, Youth Development Programs

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, and Global Community Leadership) 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, 250+ Youthlinc students contribute over 19,000 hours of service in Utah, becoming relied upon volunteers for over 100 community service agencies. Youthlinc Service Year teams contribute nearly $400,000 each year in water projects, construction projects, vocational training and equipment, school and medical supplies, small loans, and other quality of life initiatives in partnership with impoverished communities in Guatemala, Peru, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Kenya, and Madagascar 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 $8,500 in runner-up awards. Our Real Life: Teen Refugee Mentoring program pairs Utah young people with underserved teens at 12 sites around 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. Our Global Community Leadership program is designed to meet the demand of university students, including Youthlinc alums and adult professionals, to have an integrated local and international service experience embedded in academic learning; inspiring participants to ask difficult questions about what it means to be a responsible citizen. 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 after our program.

Target demographics: We create lifetime humanitarians out of high school and college students through local and international service

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 students, over 100 Utah service agencies, 350 teen refugees, and thousands of individuals in Guatemala, Peru, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Kenya, and Madagascar

Geographic areas served: Utah & 7 economically-developing nations

Programs: our Service Year, Utah Local Service Directory, Young Humanitarian Award, Real Life: Teen Refugee Mentoring, and Global Community Leadership

Community Stories

663 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have chance to joint with youthlinc as a translator I think this organization bring all student to learn how to give , how to exchange culture to other people in the world also They come to give a better life to the one who even if go out of the village . So it very great experience for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It had been great experience for me working with Youthlinc over last several year. All of volunteers have been of great help and communities we have work with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with youthlinc for 4 years(5 include this year but they can't come to Thailand because covid-19)as a traslaterof constructions. I really love the way they do for local people. Everyone worked with smiles, helpful and do everything by them heart. All local people got huge benefit from them such as public health, educations, buildings, knowledge of business etc. and all kids in the village also very happy that they come to help and got fun together. Love Youthlinc so much!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is the best organization that creates lifetime humanitarian for people around the world. It helps give people the tools, empower them in order to make the world a better place for everyone.

1 Polin P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We (Sustainable Cambodia) have been working with Youthlinc since 2011. Our partnership and relationship get stronger and stronger as the project we have designed are so meaningful where responding to local communities needs as well as the remote schools. We work together to build school buildings, install the playgrounds, provide school bicycles, teach English for different levels, conduct training include vocational, primary healthcare for women and men, business concept...etc. We are so delighted to work with Youthlinc to generate great outcomes for the local people here in Pursat, Cambodia.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a WONDERFUL nonprofit organization!
It's been almost one year from the first time I knew about Youthlinc. In 2019, I had a change to join a volunteering trip that is in cooperation program between SJ Vietnam and Youthlinc. During one week, I actually was dipped into tons of valuable experiences. I, some Vietnamese locals and a group of America volunteers joined together in a education sharing in Thai Nguyen province Vietnam. In there, we met students, we shared knowledge about taking photos, problem solving, exchanging culture,... that is useful for all students and for us as well. Let be apart of Youthlinc as I had been. I hope that in the near future I will have more chances to join more Youthlinc activities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a teacher at Mataso Primary School here in the Fiji Islands we were fortunate to have formed a wonderful relationship with this amazing organisation.They first came to our school in 2018 and we have been blessed beyond measure through our interaction.The different groups that have made the long journey to our shores have had an enormous impact on the lives of our students.The school now has about 40 laptops which YouthLinc donated and so much school supplies that we are still currently using in school.The teaching resources that were used by the YouthLinc group members to teach our students were amazing and they incredibly left them in school for the students and teachers to use once they had finished using them fo their classes.We now have stuff like ukuleles;recorders;balls for every kind od sports and so much more.Last year's team also set up a school intranet and a state of the art storage system where information could be backed up and stored.One of the members responsible for this Sylvia and her husband in fact took a special trip to Fiji this year in February just to set it up which was really incredible.Our students have loved their interaction with the team members and have learned so much and they were so looking forward to this year's experience but unfortunately due to the COVID19 pandemic that will not be possible.But let's just say that we will forever be grateful to the YouthLinc organisation for coming to our school and having an enormous impact on the lives of our students.We wish you nothing but the very best in life.Stay safe and stay blessed.Vinaka vakalevu YouthLinc❤
5 star rating!!!❤❤❤

1 Li A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am Linh, a project coordinator for SJ Vietnam. I knew Youthlinc since the first days I have worked for SJ Vietnam. Youthlinc did many meaningful voluntary programs in Vietnam, especially in poor and rural areas. I am very happy to review the very first and most important project.
In 2013, 90 Youthlinc's volunteers were divided into 2 groups implemented to support community development for different durations. The first wave was from July 2 to July 11, and the second wave was from July 17 to July 26. The project was deployed in Xuan Lam commune, the most difficult commune in Song Cau town to support local people to develop a better life. Upon arriving here, each group divided into 4 teams to work in 4 different places in the commune: Xuan Lam Primary School (Binh Nong village), Xuan Lam 2 Primary School (Cao Phong village), Cao Phong Kindergarten and participate in building compassionate houses for a poor household. Although the time was very short, the volunteers had deployed various voluntary activities such as career guidance, teaching English, livestock breeding, education support, and nutrition guidance. maintenance, first aid, dental hygiene ... and school repairs. This project in Song Cau in the 2013 summer was effective and practical. The biggest meaning has been still the exchange and understanding between the people of Song Cau and another country in the world. Moreover, Song Cau Town had the opportunity to welcome a large number of international visitors that have never been there. This was also an opportunity to promote the tourism potential of a new town ”. Through two rounds of volunteering, the volunteers helped build 2 charitable houses, donated 16 calves to poor households in Xuan Lam commune, equipment for the Xuan Phuong commune health station, teaching aids, supplies 20 sets of tables and chairs for Cao Phong kindergarten and primary school, 10 wheelchairs for Phu Yen Nursing and Rehabilitation Hospital (An Phu commune, Tuy Hoa city). Especially, the volunteers carried 4 "Made in the USA" sewing machines to teach women in the commune about sewing and gave these sewing machines to women to take home to use.

After this program, Youthlinc has been cooperating with SJ Vietnam to get young people and students who are living and learning in the U.S.A almost every year to Vietnam to do volunteer and contribute to our community development.

Thank you so much for everything you have done with SJ Vietnam and Vietnam. We look forward to receiving more significant projects from Youthlinc so that we can help more poor and disadvantaged people or get more contribution to our community!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer to translate for youthlinc , I did not expected to learn a lot of new skills during that time, I gained many experiences during my time with them, I learned: the basic of computer skills, How to start and grow my own business, how to manage my income, I also learned some new cultural. and the most important thing to me was, I can Improve my english skills with a native english speakers. They build a nice classroom for the children in the village, and taught a good skills for the parents so they can have a source of making money. I am so thankful for what they do for my people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Justin in Vietnam for few times and was impressed to his friendly and motivation so that I decided to join a community service with Youthlinc in Vietnam in summer 2018 in a disabled center. And it was the most interesting time in my life. I loved all the moment with Youtlinc volunteers. They were enthusiastic, worked tirelessly even it was so hot that time. Thank you Youthlinc and Justin for your great work. Cheers from Vietnam

1 Loan T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm very lucky when I joined the work camp ( Interacting with rural children) with Youthlinc . Everyone is friendly, sympathetic and open-minded.

2 Duc Minh D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Youthlinc since 2013 in the centre of Vietnam, and in the mountainous area in the north of Vietnam since 2017. Their manager are very professional, and well understanding about local culture. Their volunteera are creative, enthusiatic and always want to discover local life. They also helped local community a lot, for example: build classes for poor students, donated buffalo for poor familly, teach English for children... Thank you a lot for Youthlinc work. Keep going ahead. I love you.

1 Fiston Mwesige Japhet K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youthlink is one of the best organization I know it has done so much in the community and has help many young people like myself get life experience and opportunity. Also, something that I like about the organization is, it mission, organization culture and it program. Thank youthlink for all you do!!

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justinyouthlinc 09/01/2020

Thank you, Fiston. We are fortunate to work with you and be building a better community together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a global leadership trip to Vietnam with Youthlinc last summer. The amazingly sweet people that we got to know there and the beauty of the country was an experience that will always be a part of my heart. Youthlinc did a great job preparing the trip and making adjustments when needed, keeping us safe, and building a bond within our group. I'm still in touch with new friends from my group and new friends in Vietnam.

1 Kat W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Vietnam on a higher-education based humanitarian trip with Youthlinc and Utah State University. Before going on this trip, I'd been concerned about a humanitarian trip coming across as "white saviors." My experience was the opposite. Justin, our leader, not only had previously immersed himself in Vietnamese culture, but he felt it was important to get input from people who actually live there and represent their communities.

We were so lucky to have a group of Vietnamese translators accompany us on our journey. They were so helpful in truly understanding the diverse perspectives of the country as we mingled with locals in several locations and did our service-learning experiences by providing story-telling workshops at different schools.

We stayed with locals in several locations and were able to participate in several touristy — but incredible — experiences, such as hiking to the Phoenix Cave and wondering around Hanoi. In fact, it was an experience my next study abroad trip with the university (and not affiliated with Youthlinc) paled in comparison next to. Rather than the immersive experience I received in Vietnam, it felt more like poverty tourism.

Youthlinc gave me an experience well beyond my imagination. I went in not knowing what to expect and left dreaming of when I could return.

1 Gabby H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc changed my life it showed me how to be the change I want to see in the world. They taught me discipline when they required 100 hours for us to go in-country. They wanted individuals who wanted to make a difference and it was so cool to be surrounded by those kinds of individuals. Without youthlinc I wouldn’t have such a group grasp on not only those countries I traveled to but also my own community. I think a lot of service trips can loose sight of what they are trying to do and I think youthlinc never lost sight of what mattered.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been one of the best experiences of my life. You meet new people and make new friends, help others in your community and when you finally go on the trip you help those who are in much need of it. Just a wonderful experience all around.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Completely changed my life. The greatest experience i’ve ever been though and it was all thanks to Youthlinc

1 Sydney B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I started youthlinc, my main focus was the trip abroad. It sound like fun! But as my experience with Youthlinc progressed, I discovered much more meaning in my experience. I learned how to be giver and how to be a good Samaritan during my local volunteerhours. The abroad experience showed me how much is needed in the world and how I can make a difference! I'm forever grateful for the Youthlinc program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Youthlinc was definitely the best of my life! I went to Nepal in the summer of 2018, and I mean when I say that I still think about that trip everyday. The amount of memories and friends I made are endless and the trip was so well planned not once did I worry about anything happening to us in a foreign country. The leaders knew what they were doing, and everyday we had good food and a super fun activity with the kids. It was something that I wasn’t sure I was going to love before I went, but I am so glad that I ended up going!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing opportunity that changed my life!!! So lucky I got to meet all these new people and I get to go back this year to see them again!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an awesome, local organization. I got involved three years ago, and every one of my experiences has been positive. It is amazing to see how the work students do both locally and internationally really creates them into lifetime humanitarians. I would highly recommend high school and college students get involved.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on the 2018 Kenya service trip and had the time of my life! I met so many great people in and out of country which made my experience very fun. The values I learned from serving will last me a lifetime and, I encourage anybody who is even partially interested to apply for Youthlinc.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best organization to change not just others, but your life! Best 2 weeks I have spent on both my past trips.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to go to Thailand with Youthlinc and it was the best experience. I have never felt so much love, compassion, and dedication in my life. Youthlinc creates a safe and positive environment for everyone; whether you’re a student, alum, mentor, ATL, or team leader. Everyone deserves to have an experience like the one Youthlinc provided for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Guatemala with Youthlinc and had an amazing experience! All of the people involved have made me a better person and I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the organization this year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has given me experiences I never would have gotten anywhere else. I joined my team only knowing one girl, and came back from my humanitarian trip with 40 friends. I went to Thailand with Youthlinc and loved it so much, I’m going back to Fiji this year. I served my community at home by serving 80 hours of local service before even leaving for Thailand. While I was in Thailand, my team paved a road, redid the schools playground and library, taught English lessons, and I taught a lesson on diabetes. I would relive my experience in a heartbeat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a trip with youthlinc last summer and it was the most amazing experience of my whole life! I really love what this organization stands for and what they do. Humanitarian work is amazing and I couldn’t do anything but recommend going on a Youthlinc trip.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved my experience with Youthlinc! I went to Kenya this past summer with them and I had an absolute blast. I met so many new people who were in my team and the people in Kenya I serviced. The mentors and team leaders were amazing, they watched over all the students and made sure everyone was okay! The trip it’s self was crazy, I had never been out of the country before and it was a eyeopening experience. I loved being able to work with youthlinc and had been able to go on such an amazing trip!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being in country and serving these wonderful people I got to see that no matter what you have you can be happy. I saw that through service lives are changed. The people you serve are changed and the people that are serving are changed. Visiting this little village in Thailand made so much more grateful for what I have and it also gave me a good sense of responsibility. I have all these privileges that so many in Thailand do not do I have to use them to help those around me in the US and those also in other countries. Just like the quote “With great power comes great responsibility”. I truly feel that and feel like I have an even bigger responsibility to help the people around me at my school, in my home, and in my community with the problems they face. After coming home from Thailand I see the world with a new perspective. I see people with a new perspective of compassion and feel the want to serve them more. Overall, I am so great that you have supported me in this life changing experience.
Much love,
-Abinadi Smith

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They changed my life. I'm so much better now than I was before I left on my first trip. I developed this great love and desire for service that allows me to help others. I am so grateful for Youthlinc and the amazing things they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through Youthlinc I have become a better person, I was very shy and depressed up until last year when I met my team and started my journey in the volunteer world. I started volunteering at a local rest home and I became more aware of people in need and learned a lot about myself in the experience. Youthlinc is amazing and I wish I had heard about it earlier.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has completely changed my life. My first experience was traveling to Peru along the amazon river in July of 2017, and I loved every second of it. I made friendships every step of the way... from my main service site in America where I got to spend 80+ hours serving the people in my community... to the friends I made with the teammates I travelled with... and finally to the lifelong relationships I built with the people in country. I have the opportunity to travel to Cambodia as an alum leader this year, and I am so excited to share my love of service with the students this year. Thank you to youthlinc!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Youthlinc changed my life! I am so grateful for the experiences that I have been able to have with this group. They truly do a good job at fulfilling there mission statement. Many people, myself included have taken what they have learned through Youthlinc and applied it to their communities. There are many people who go on more than than one trip because their experiences are so incredible. I am so grateful for Youthlinc and for the friendships that it has helped me make, along with setting my head on straight with what is important in this life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved my Youthlinc experience. I first went to Vietnam in 2013 as a high schooler where I learned to connect with people on a different level. We served them and became friend with them. Something I did realize was possible all without speaking the same language. The variety of things Youthlinc does amazes me as they have focused committees in every location striving to make a difference in education, work, health and more. I am excited to continue service with Youthlinc this coming year as well.

Arielle T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2015, I was given the opportunity to travel to Kenya, Africa as a volunteer to participate in the wonderful things Youthlinc does. Before we traveled I had to complete 80 hours of community service which allowed me to give back to my own community as well as the beautiful people of Kenya. While in country, we did a variety of things from helping and guiding citizens to build a more sustainable community for long term benefits - we started to build a school, we taught sanitation and brought first aid supplies as their means of getting it is much harder. We made lessons to teach the children English along with donated school supplies for a more suitable learning environment. Most importantly we showed companionship and love to their community. Excited to announce I’m part of the Cambodia 2018 team.
Definitely recommend!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

youthlinc is amazing. it truly is. the experienced and connection you make are unforgettable. the program in and of itself is truly life changing. your service before you are even in crountry was one of my favorite things and i will forver be grateful for the good it has brought into my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an amazing organization. Not only do they help countries abroad they require 80 hours of local community service before we are sent to our international service sites. I have the amazing opportunity to work with Youthlinc again this year as an alum leader, helping to lead a team of 40 to a small village in Fiji. Definitely the best experiences I have ever had are through Youthlinc!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Youthlinc has changed my life in so many ways! I've become aware of the people in my community who need my help, as well as the people all around the world, because of the service I have provided through Youthlinc. It's an amazing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc, a seasoned and visionary non-profit, creates stunning opportunities to serve, collaborate, and develop friendships (with spectacular natives) abroad.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i went to Nepal with youthlinc last summer and it was the best experience. the friendships i made in utah as well the village we helped in changed my life. 10/10 would recommend doing this for as long as possible

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only does Youthlinc directly help in local and international communities, but they go a step further. They inspire the next generation of youth by providing countless opportunities to serve others. These opportunities will carry with the participants so they may continue to serve for the rest of their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not say enough about my experiences with youthlinc. My three trips have changed me in so many ways. I feel indebted to them in more ways then I can count. They continue to change the lives of countless youth and in turn change future generations for the better. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to be apart of such an amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being apart of Youthlinc has changed me in many ways. It has shaped me into the individual that I am today! Being a part of Youthlinc has taught me a lot about being thankful for what we have and how lucky I truly am! The experiences that I am giving because of Youthlinc are many that I will never forget! International and Local Service will always be apart of who am i thanks to Youthlinc ! -BayLa

Nikki H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOW i don’t have enough good things to say about youthlinc, this organization real know how to change your life & everyone that they come in contact with! i love volunteering with them & will continue to volunteer with them until they no longer let me haha! the different experiences i had both in & out of country with youthlinc have been some of my most valuable memories & best times of my life! if you are thinking of being apart of a nonprofit humanitarian group, youthlinc is the team for you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience traveling to Peru with Youthlinc! My participation in this program heavily influenced my current career goals and made me realize the importance of service done through such organizations. I loved the year of service that came to previous to our trip to Peru as well - I met amazing people, was able to learn and grow, and would recommend this program to anyone and everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Creating lifetime humanitarians! I've had the opportunity to volunteer with Youthlinc as a mentor and also as a team leader and this organization has been great to work with! There are certain non-negotiables that they don't bend on, but that align with their mission, and otherwise, they are very flexible, great people to work with, and they identify very good volunteers who generally work very well with the student participants and other adult volunteers. If you want a positive humanitarian experience that has a good in-country infrastructure in place where it is safe, healthy and secure for you (as an adult or as a student participant), Youthlinc is a very good option. You can trust the organization, its people, and the volunteers who lead the groups!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc changed my life! I had such an amazing experience. It changed me for the better and I grew a lot as a person and was so humbled by it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have chosen to participate with Youthlinc for several years because of it's mission, to create lifetime humanitarians. I have seen service change the lives of participants, both students and adults. For so many, service becomes a habit and something they always seek to find. Opportunities are everywhere, locally and at the international sites. The relationships that are developed through service are deep and lasting. It's this type of experience that truly changes us and allows us to see others more clearly. I have felt this change and seen it in the lives of many Youthlinc participants.

1 meganrunning

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc was a BLAST. I had the opportunity to serve as a part of the Peru Logan team in Santa Isabel. Youthlinc is different from other organizations because of the service oriented work, focused on youth and overall development of character in participants.

1. Service: Youthlinc requires student participants to complete 80 hours of local service during the service year in order to prepare for international service (a Youthlinc trip). 40 hours are spent doing miscellaneous service activities while the other 40 are spent at one specific organization chosen by the participant. Having 40 hours with a specific organization helps develop a real bond between the participant and those being served by the participant.

My main service site, Williamsburg Assisted Living, was a dream! I looked forward to going every day because I got to know the people extremely well. Learning about their stories and serving the residents every day really helped me to connect with them and feel a true love for them in my heart.

I also had the wonderful chance to work alongside the Activities Director in order to help plan and execute activities. I even created some of my own ideas and activities that I executed as my little “projects” while I was there. I love that Youthlinc makes service a part of the preparation because it’s not solely about the international service trip, but also about being a member of the community and serving the people around you. Serving 80 hours was hard work, but it helped me learn a lot about myself and how to prepare for international service.

When we were serving in Peru, our days were jam packed full of work to do! There was always an English lesson going on, construction was busy, vocational was sewing, the business committee was teaching and the mural was being painted all at the same time. Every day. The work grind was tireless and might I just say it was the BEST! I was grateful to go to Peru and be put to work to actually get the things done that needed to happen for the village. Shelly and Mark Burningham, our Team Leaders did an amazing job of keeping everything organized so we could be effective workers. Everyone served together which made for a great team bonding experience.

2. Youth Focus: Youth Leadership is a huge part of Youthlinc. In the beginning of the service year, we were given assignments to specific committees: Cultural, Vocational, Health, Education or Business. Within those committees, we, as youth, had the opportunity to lead by choosing what we’d do within our committee in Santa Isabel. I was in the Cultural committee. We got to choose what to do for the fun fair - a day of fun activities to do with the villagers before we had to leave the village. We chose nail painting, friendship bracelets, face painting, family pictures, and so many more fun things! The sky was the limit! Every committee had the opportunity to be lead by youth inside of that committee to choose what they’d like to implement during their time in Peru.

Another helpful instance was our English lesson planning. As a Youthlinc participant, we all had to come up with a lesson to teach the students in Santa Isabel. I chose to do a P.E. lesson. Within that lesson, I had the freedom to plan anything I wanted to do. I chose to teach the students movement words in English (run, jump, dance, skip, etc.) I had help if I needed it from the Mentors and Team Leaders. I really felt like my lesson was solely designed by me and that I had the choice to do whatever I wanted to teach. Encouraging unique freedom and leadership opportunities like this for youth is such an integral part of Youthlinc that makes it stand out.

3. Character Development: I’m not going to lie; completing this past service year was not easy. Although it wasn’t easy, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I learned so much about myself, others and my outlook on life because I had to work for this trip. Through constant work on fundraising, creating lesson plans, committee assignments and service hours, I found so much joy just to be alive because I could see the way I was impacting those around me as well as myself. These feelings not only apply to the people I was serving, but I also felt those feelings by spreading the message of Youthlinc through fundraising, finding self confidence through lesson planning in my own unique way and connecting with other participants on the team. I have so much passion for this organization! Youthlinc doesn’t just send some kids out to build a school - there’s so much more to this organization that develops the participants to be better people throughout the whole year. There’s a reason Youthlinc’s focus is on “creating lifetime humanitarians”. The program helps develop the fundamental values of self-reliance, a serving heart, and personal developmental attributes through the requirements and expectations.

I’m so grateful to have been a part of the Youthlinc team this year. I have learned so much about myself, others and the world because of this opportunity in my life. It wasn’t always easy, but it was worth it because of the experiences I was able to have serving locally, stepping up to youth leadership, developing myself and having a greater love for the people around me as well as in Peru.

Soy peruana en mi corazón para siempre.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved my experience with Youthlinc. I think it is so easy this day in age to just decide you want to go on a service trip and do it for the wrong reasons. Youthlinc makes sure that every participant understands the benefits and importance of the service we do, not just in other countries, but also in our own community.

I also liked that I was able to take on leadership responsibilities without even being a leader. I was able to be responsible for parts of the projects we worked on. I can't wait to apply again and to apply for a leadership position so I can encourage leadership in other participants

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has changed my life completely. With over 80 hours of local service I got to learn the love and true meaning of helping those around you. Traveling internationally has made my heart grow bigger & stronger for everyone in the world. Those I have met and those I have yet to meet. Putting my earned money& getting donations to be able to travel out of the country is worth every penny. Serving others makes me a better person & in away serves me. I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my time. Youthlinc has helped me grow as a person and has grown as an organization in so many ways. They truly create lifetime humanitarians and I'm so glad I am one because of them. A 5 start review isn't enough, i would rate them 100 or more if that was an option.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Exploring Southeast Asia was a once in a lifetime opportunity for not only me but others that I traveled with. Seeing Cambodia opened my eyes to new ways of seeing life and how fortunate we are in the United States. The culture, the stories, and history behind Cambodia really amazed me. It wasn't something I was planning on doing but at the last minute I had the funding to adventure outside of the United States. I've never traveled far outside of my reservation in Arizona nor have I gotten on a plane before. But I took a big leap and saw a whole atmosphere. Being 8,200 miles away from home was a great feeling but a big number to work with. Along with diverging to Thailand, that was a great experiences working with elephants and seeing places in Thailand that I never image seeing. Overall. everything like the scenery, the people, and culture all made us feel like we never left the United States. I would recommend it to anyone to is down for adventure and the thrill of seeing what is out there in the world. The sponsors will a big help and the leaders that made our trip possible were the best. They made sure we got the best experience out of Cambodia and enjoyed ourselves with the places that we got to visit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with this program the last year, as a service student. This is an AMAZING non-profit. They are very professional, and they are great to work with. The people I worked with were always very helpful. The team leaders that they have were extraordinary, and they set very high expectations for Youthlinc. I loved being on my team this year. The team leaders did an awesome job making sure that everyone felt comfortable, and appreciated on the team. The team leaders were outstanding. I learned so much through Youthlinc, and the opportunities, and the experiences that I had working through them. I never would have been able to do what we did, on my own. It is such an eye I LOVED it, and would 100% recommend it. I plan on working with them for years to come!

SadieMay

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited to participate in the Youthlinc Cambodia program. This adventure changed my perspective and outlook on life forever. I had the opportunity to immerse myself in a culture very different from my own, present health presentations, and develop relationships with the Khmi people. The empathy, appreciation, and insight I have developed has shaped who I now am because of Youthlinc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has been a blessing in my life. I learned so much when I traveled to Kenya with them back in 2015. It was an unforgettable memory and helped me grow more love for service. Youthlinc's whole goal to create lifetime humanitarians and they definitely made one out of me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to travel to Peru with Youthlinc in the summer of 2016. I have continued my involvement with Youthlinc through their Real Life program, as a Real Life Intern. The lessons that I have learned from Youthlinc have truly changed my life and who I am as a person. Youthlinc has encouraged me to get far outside of my comfort zone and get involved in the needs of my community. I have been able to met and connect with so many amazing people that I otherwise would have never had the opportunity to met. My life is for the better because of the experience and opportunities I have had through Youthlinc and I am so grateful for every part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc was a great way for me to stay involved in the community. I was able to meet so many wonderful people and make a change in my life. I see so many things in a different way now and I am so grateful for the experiences that Youthlinc gave me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can honestly say that my experience with Youthlinc has changed my life. I got involved with Youthlinc when I participated in a service year in 2014-2015. I was able to volunteer with Real Life and I have continued my relationship with Youthlinc by serving as a Real Life Intern and I am currently involved in my second service year. Youthinc's mission to create lifetime humanitarians has completely fostered an incredible love of service in me. Youthlinc is able to provide a community through service while making a significant, positive impact on populations it serves. Youthlinc allowed me to gain a perspective on serving others that I believe you cannot receive anywhere else. My experiences within the Youthlinc community have inspired me to continue service and the attitudes learned through service within my academic life and beyond. Words cannot express how much I appreciate this organization and all that it has for the community and for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience with Youthlinc was amazing! Our group leaders were incredibly organized and did a fantastic job. I was in such good hands on the trip and the experience and reliability of the leaders and adult mentors kept me at ease. The service I was able to do in country as well as locally is something I will never forget. You must me dedicated and willing to work hard, but I highly suggest applying for this program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely ADORE Youthlinc. My favorite thing about Youthlinc is that they are sustainable. Youthlinc works hard to create lifetime humanitarians and truly help those who are in need at home and abroad. I have never had a less than amazing experience with Youthlinc!

Kallie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The greatest life-changing experiences I've ever had were because of my involvement with Youthlinc! One of my favorite elements of youthlinc is that they require students to do 80 hours of local service, 40 of which are at a main service site. This made a massive impact on my life because it taught me what youthlinc's motto of becoming a "lifetime humanitarian" truly means. A "lifetime humanitarian" is someone who understands that there is always a need, no matter where you are in the world, and then fills that need with service. Youthlinc teaches it's students to be a consistent and relied-upon volunteer rather than a once-in-a-while volunteer. The life skills and lessons that I have learned through being a member of the Youthlinc family is something I will value for the rest of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is a great way to become a humanitarian for life. They teach you great things to help you become involved in your own community. They also teach you how to be a humanitarian for others in other countries. I have loved being able to participate in the Youthlinc adventure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has changed my whole outlook on how service is supposed to work. Their emphasis on both local and international service is the reason why I chose to serve for the first time in 2012. I've been to Cambodia twice with them now and have had an amazing experience every time I volunteer with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went with Youthlinc to Nepal last summer in 2016 and I absolutely loved it. I would highly recommend becoming a part of Youthlinc. Youthlinc not only takes students on international service trips, but they make sure students serve in their communities prior to their service trip. I served 80 hours at Primary Children's Hospital Kids Crew prior to going to Nepal. Youthlinc truly cares about making an impact on students' lives by creating lifetime humanitarians. I loved my experience with Youthlinc so much that I decided to go on another service trip to Madagascar. This organization has taught me so much about myself and the importance of service locally and internationally. So check out Youthlinc today!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started my experiences with Youthlinc in 2014 as a student on the Cambodia team. I fell in love with the program and went again the following year to Kenya and will be traveling to Nepal this summer. Youthlinc has helped me to discover my love for service and to grow as a person. My experiences abroad have changed my life and have helped me to decide on my future career. I am so grateful to Youthlinc for giving me the opportunity to serve and to love people I would have never met otherwise.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every experience I have had with Youthlinc has been extremely positive. I have loved being involved with this organization since 2011. It honestly has changed my life. The focus on local service is incredible and helps so many people. The international service is an eye-opening and deeply meaningful experience. I have nothing but great things to say about this organization.