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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

618 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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

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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.

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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.