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Youthlinc

Rating: 4.85 stars   530 reviews 20,642

Address:

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

From the beginning of the service year serving in my local community to serving in country, Youthlinc has been an amazing experience! It gave me the opportunity to learn how to become a leader, how to build long lasting relationships, and helped me expand on my social skills. It is a great way to get involved with your community and a way to help those all around the world. I highly recommend the Youthlinc program as a way to not only change the lives of others but as a way to change your life for the better and begin the path of becoming a life long humanitarian. I will never forget the life lessons I have learned and the memories of my trip and service year all thanks to the unforgettable experience that Youthlinc has provided me with.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This was our first experience with Youthlinc and it was wonderful! They are a great organization. They are well organized, great at communicating and clear on what their expectations are of the kids. I like that their goal is building life long humanitarians. The 80 hours local service that the kids have to do is wonderful and Youthlinc is great at providing opportunities. My daughter's experience with Youthlinc and her trip to Nepal was life changing! Thank you Youthlinc for providing this opportunity to the kids in our community!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

For 16 days I had one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life thanks to the Youthlinc organization and the wonderful individuals that helped make the journey possible. I traveled to Nepal with 41 other participants to perform work at a school in Suntakhan. Although we were only in country for 12 days, they were the most life changing ones which I have experienced. I would highly recommend this program to anyone, not simply for the opportunity to help so many other people, but for the chance it gives one to grow as an individual. You may think that you will teach the people in county much, I promise you, though, it is nothing compared to the lessons you will learn from them. I encourage to take this chance to leave a beautiful legacy within the hearts of all those who you will touch, for the memories you leave them will remain remembered for a lifetime.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is absolutely incredible. my experience with them was unforgettable and will always be in my heart. I enjoyed the opportunity to be apart of something bigger. Definitely one of the best organizations out there. our service trip to Guatemala this year was one for the books, it really made me take things and life into perspective. I would not hesitate to go on another trip like this through youthlinc. Their organization was exceptional the people that run the organization are exceptional people and I loved my team and the things I went through with them. I love love love youthlinc.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Going on a youthlinc trip has truly changed my life, going across the world to help and teach others is an experience you won't receive often, and I assure you that I learned more from them than i could have ever taugh them. Youthlinc is a great program that I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

We went to a small village in northern Thailand and taught the students English and the women sewing. The women we taught to see ended up starting a business. It is an export emcee I wouldn't trade do the world and recommend for anyone interested in a humanitarian trip.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is amazing. I would not be the person I am if I hadn't gone on a Youthlinc trip. It's absolutely life changing. The friendships you make arrangements unforgettable. To see the happiness on the villagers faces makes everything worth it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My son Phillip joined the Youthlinc team in 2016 and traveled to Thailand on his service trip in June. It was the best thing he has done to date in terms of developing an un-paralleled appreciation for culture and realization that the world is out there for him to see.

I would recommend it to anyone who has a student that wants to expand their horizons!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is an amazing program. As an educator of 25 years and a parent of a Youthlinc volunteer it is by far one of the most successful leadership training program for you. I have seen my own daughter and hundreds others thrive. The beauty of this organization is that it changes the hearts of all involved. My daughter loved serving the elderly on our local town and was the light of the rest home. She cried when she had to leave Guatemala after her summer humanitarian trip. What Youthlinc accomplished in two short weeks is nothing short of miraculous. 38 families were taught vocational skills, business and money management, and dozens of children we estatic to learn about sound, health and dozens of other lessons. Concrete floors were poured and specially designed stoves installed. Lives will be saved literally by not having toxic smoke in their homes. The adult volunteers sacrificed and pay their own way to ensure the experience is superior. When a young adult catches a vision to serve then they fulfill the mission statement in its entirety- "Creating Humanitarians For Life!" All my children will be Youthlinc humanitarians! Judy has created a model that is second to none. This organization needs to be in every state!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter went to Guatemala in 2015 and Thailand in 2016. Both times, she raised the money herself, proving it can be done. And it was so worth it. She has a good heart and Youthlinc is a journey of the heart, bringing out the best in all who participate, youths and adults alike. The trips are well-planned, they accomplish a lot and the participants come back both grateful for their own blessings and anxious to help others. Best of all, the service they do in their own communities gives them a keener understanding of many people's lives — and a deep desire to forge connections and help others. If you have a chance to go, GO!

 
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