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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

644 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!!

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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!