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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

613 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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.

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.