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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

633 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc, a seasoned and visionary non-profit, creates stunning opportunities to serve, collaborate, and develop friendships (with spectacular natives) abroad.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i went to Nepal with youthlinc last summer and it was the best experience. the friendships i made in utah as well the village we helped in changed my life. 10/10 would recommend doing this for as long as possible

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only does Youthlinc directly help in local and international communities, but they go a step further. They inspire the next generation of youth by providing countless opportunities to serve others. These opportunities will carry with the participants so they may continue to serve for the rest of their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not say enough about my experiences with youthlinc. My three trips have changed me in so many ways. I feel indebted to them in more ways then I can count. They continue to change the lives of countless youth and in turn change future generations for the better. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to be apart of such an amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being apart of Youthlinc has changed me in many ways. It has shaped me into the individual that I am today! Being a part of Youthlinc has taught me a lot about being thankful for what we have and how lucky I truly am! The experiences that I am giving because of Youthlinc are many that I will never forget! International and Local Service will always be apart of who am i thanks to Youthlinc ! -BayLa

Nikki H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOW i don’t have enough good things to say about youthlinc, this organization real know how to change your life & everyone that they come in contact with! i love volunteering with them & will continue to volunteer with them until they no longer let me haha! the different experiences i had both in & out of country with youthlinc have been some of my most valuable memories & best times of my life! if you are thinking of being apart of a nonprofit humanitarian group, youthlinc is the team for you!

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.