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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

608 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.