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Nonprofit Overview

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 & 10 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

666 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to travel twice with Youthlinc to Kenya. These trips have paved the way for what I have decided to do as far as schooling and career goals are concerned. Interacting with, and teaching the children in Kenya was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Not only does this organization help you see the need for service in your local community, it opens your eyes to the influence you can have on an international scale. The things I learned from Youthlinc have helped me to have more of a desire to consistently serve in my own life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can honestly say that YouthLINC has changed me for the better. I first came across the organization in 2007 when I spoke with a past volunteer. After finding out a little more about the program, I knew it was for me, so I signed up. Throughout the 2007-2008 service year, I volunteered in my local community at various organizations. From there I learned to be relied upon volunteer and the relationships and connections that I made will be remembered forever. In the summer of 2008, I traveled to Peru to work in Santa Rosa. I assisted the Team Dentist in doing tooth extractions to relieve pain. The people were so grateful of our services and it definitely put a smile on my face. I thought going down to Peru, I would be inflicting change. Actually the change was done on me. Working with the villagers and seeing the hardwork they put into maintaining the village and the love for their neighbors, and for YouthLINC volunteers, really opened up my eyes. The comaraderie they have for one another and their will to live on the very little necessities definitely humbled me. After the trip I realized that I needed to return. I served as the Alum Leader for the Peru 2009 team and I will be serving as the Team Leader for the Peru 2010 team. I really love the program and strongly encourage those who want to make a difference to join. The program has definitely turned me into a lifetime humanitarian!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

YouthLINC is quite simply the best youth service organization I have ever worked with. It is such an amazing thing to watch young men and women change over the course of a year as their eyes are opened to the reality of the needs that exist in their local community as well as the rest of the world. Every youth who participates in the program is changed for the good in a very profound way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthLinc, is so amazing!! I know that it's helped me become a better person. I learned that they care about eachother, the reason I know this is because of one little girl. She when we were giving clothes away would only take one shirt instead of two, because she new that there were so many others behind her who needed the clothes more then she. Because of her example, it made me become so much more greatful for all I've been given and all that I have. They have nothing, but yet they are happy and the most caring people I know, and who I want to strive to be more like them. They are Giving and Loving to everyone around them, it doesn't matter where your from or what you look like, they will always love you. I know by this expirence I am more willing to show people my love towards them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to travel with Youthlinc to Thailand just over a year ago and it was the most amazing and life changing experience of my life. Without the Youthlinc organization I would most likely have never had such a positive experience that has continually proven to change my life and broaden my horizons.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity of traveling with youthlinc to both meru kenya and ocotlan mexico. Because those trips have impacted me so much in the next year I will go with youthlinc to chiapas mexico as well as peru. Youthlinc is an amazing opportunity for youth to discover what it means to serve others. I was able to see for myself how fortunate i really am to live where i do and have what i have and because it made me aware of the needs that others have youthlinc has allowed me to want to continue to serve others throughout my life. This organization is all about helping but it is also an opportunity to learn leadership, work, and teamwork skills that are invaluable. I'm grateful for youthlinc and what it has done for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled with YouthLINC on two occasions. Both have been unforgettable, life changing experiences. This organization is one of the best of its kind! It truly makes a difference in the lives of everyone involved!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My daughter went to Africa three years ago with YOUTHLINC.... changed her life forever - she came home with a humanitarian heart on fire! YOUTHLINC changed our whole family - we all have the bug! I went with YOUTHLINC on a Alumni trip this spring to Thailand and my life was transformed! I saw and did things i did not believe possible. Stood and cried as i entered my first buddhist temple, threw my heartache into the indian ocean and stood back and watched my daughter grow and stretch her arms open even farther to embrace the people of thailand. We had an amazing time. It connected us in a way that is hard to describe! When you go on these trips you think you are going to make a difference when really the difference happens in you! I met so many wonderful americans on the trip and we bonded...... it is a highlight of my 47 years! Youthlinc inspires and creates a place for people to find their soul and expand that to reach places unknown! I am pleased to be part of the youthlinc family! I feel blessed and honored to have spent time with 'youthlincers!' The spirit of humanitarianism is alive and well with this group! they head out with the hope and desire to do good deeds and they do... changing lives one heart at a time! I find it pure joy to watch my one and only daughter find her way in this life through helping others.... no better gift and she means it from her toes to her nose! Youthlinc was her jumping off point and i believe that she is headed to so pretty amazing things in life because of this experience! Thank-you Youthlinc for allowing me an front row seat to so much hard wok, concern, caring and magic! it is a beautiful thing! Much Peace!!! wendy hanson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experiences I have had through the YouthLINC organization have been absolutely life changing, and have really made me who I am today. I started out in the YouthLINC program my senior year in high school. I was planning on going on the trip to Africa the summer after I graduated. I worked all through the year to gain my 100 hours of community service by working at a hospital and also with the big brother big sister organization. Both of these experiences completely changed my life and my view of service as a whole. I think the fact that youthLINC focuses on community service as well as international is such an incredible thing, with importance that I honestly can't emphasize enough! I learned what service truly means in that year before my trip, I learned the joy that it gives you, and it completely shattered all preconceived notions I had had about what it mean to serve. It changed my life forever! I think it is so important, especially for youth, to learn the meaning of service, and to realize the importance of serving within your community before going abroad. The way my life changed while I was in Kenya could never be described in words. I met people with nothing, who would have done anything and everything for me, a person who seemingly has everything. They were the most selfless people I had ever met and I was so overwhelmed by each and every person I came across. I still feel emotionally attached to the children I met at Kaaga, one in particular name Elossi, I think about her little smile everyday and I will never forget her. My plan after graduating high school was to go to college and eventually medical school, I had always been interested in medicine and while I was in Kenya I had the chance to visit a hospital in Meru. These visits were painfully emotional, you begin to wonder why...why do these people have to suffer, why do I have so much, why was I born where I was born into a place with so much while these people were born in a place with so little, why can't we help them, why, why why? I struggled with these thoughts, and have continued to struggle with them. This has been the driving force behind my passion and my education for the last few years. I am still a pre-med student at the University of Utah but I am now focusing also on Public Health and International Medicine. I have been involved with a program in the Honors College called Global Health Scholars. Through this program we research global health issues all over the world, work on publications, and plan various different humanitarian aid trips to places like Ghana, Thailand, Guatemala, Peru, China, and many more. YouthLINC was the root of every bit of passion I have for service and the issue of global health. This is an absolutely incredible organization that has changed the lives of people in the community and abroad in ways that no one could ever explain or describe in words, and I am so grateful I got to be a part of it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Youthlinc challenges youth to serve in thier local community for an opportunity to give service in a foreign country. Their mission of creating Life Long Humanitarians is unique but I have witnessed year after year young people changed as a result of giving of themselves. Their hearts are made larger and the world is made smaller as participants learn the joy of humanitarian service both far and near their homes. Working and planning with others goings to poor areas in Peru, Mexico, Thialand or Kenya members of the group meet monthly to organize their service and to report on the local service they have provided. My daughter went to Kenya five years ago. To this day, she is constantly giving service to someone. She is just one of hundreds that Youthlinc has helped to become a Life Long Humanitarian.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthLINC has changed my life forever! You start out in highschool thinking that you can change the world and change peoples lives, and through YouthLINC, i can truly attest to the power of service. Service is not a chore it is apart of my everyday life and this is the main lesson I learned from youthLINC. I traveled to Kenya in 2007 and Thailand in 2009 and was able to truly make an impact on peolples lives but the best thing that I took home with me was that I gained knowledge about the world around me. I grew up and understood that there is a huge world outside of Utah and saw things that have touched my heart forever. This program helps youth have a hands on experience, they are guided for a year and truly begin to understand what it means to be a HUMANITARIAN! You make connections with your teammates and share memories that will help mold you for the rest of your life. I love this organization and I can't imagine my life without the amaing people that YouthLINC has brought into it. Youth from all over Utah change every year and become the leaders of the future through this program. Through your team commitees you step up and get to make huge projects happen, with your one on one Local service hours you understand what it means to be a relied upon volunteer and through see true poverty in both your community and communities across the world you truly realize what it means to be grateful. So many changes happened to me during my time with YouthLINC, i was able to help a child read, take hundreds of hand knit caps and booties to babies in Kenya, lead a medical fair, make cement, paint classrooms, create a mural, learn a new culture, try different food, teach hygiene lessons, and make life long friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with YouthLiNC has absolutely changed my life. I was given the chance not only to make a constructive difference in my local community through the service hours requirement, but to influence the lives of people in the beautiful community of Santa Rosa, Peru. The experiences I shared with the Peruvians and my fellow volunteers will never be forgotten. I was able to help start a micro-finance program, build a library, and teach education lessons to the children. I will leave YouthLiNC a more culturally aware, caring, and dedicated lifetime humanitarian.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I went to Peru with Youthlinc, he as a student and I as the group doc. What an amazing experience - we worked hard and hopefully helped in a small incredibly beautiful village on the Amazon. It puts the recession in perspective. I will never forget dancing (with everyone else dancing too) to the goodbye celebration hand in hand with the local medicine man, for what seemed like miles, in the hot sun, laughing at the fun. I want to go again some day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife has been involved in YouthLiNC since it first began. I was lucky enough to get involved after we got married. I have been impressed with how much YouthLiNC participants can accomplish during their humanitarian trips compared to any other overseas volunteer programs. Many people I've known get to an overseas service site and find that there isn't a lot to do due to lack of resourses, lack of organized leadership, or that the humanitarian trip is actually just tourism. YouthLiNC does a great job finding/raising funds to accomplish meaningful projects and organizing them in a way that the participants can have a personal and effective experience. For example, this past year in Thailand we had a few people on the team that raised a couple extra thousand dollars that went 100% to additional projects, such as tiling and painting a run down jungle school and digging a fish hatchery at an orphanage. The students and mentors that raised that extra money were directly responsible for the success of these projects. If they wouldn't have raised that money, we wouldn't have done the projects. You own your actions and the outcomes with YouthLiNC rather than just having a random one-time humanitarian experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with YouthLINC has been phenomenal. I am amazed at how effective the mission of fostering service and compassion in youth while providing effective international humanitarian support. One of the most impressive facets of the program is the fact that the organization not only focuses on service in developing areas, but allows people to see service opportunities in their own communities. Since it is a small organization, with little overhead, the international work YouthLINC carries out targeted to specific populations, making it one of the most effective organizations I have encountered.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with YouthLINC has exceeded my greatest expectations. The relationships i formed while in service, both locally and internationally, still remain with me to this day. I thought that i might be able to give the people of Peru something to improve their lives, but instead they instilled in me the importance of valuing life. The YouthLINC organization is headed by some of the most amazing people, i have no doubt that YouthLINC will continue to bless people around the world for many more years to come.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Youth Linc! I first went to Kenya as a student volunteer after I graduated from high school, and went three years later as an Education Mentor to Thailand. It is such a great organization. The local service combined with the international experience makes it unforgettable! It changes your outlook on the ability you have to serve and change the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a Mentor for the Mexico trip and a Trip Leader for the Kenyan Alumni trip with Youthlinc. This is an awesome opportunity for youth to understand other cultures and economies and acquire a service ethic that will serve them their entire lives. Both trips were safe, well-planned, and orchestrated with the utmost integrity. I would send my children on one of these trips in a heartbeat, and I feel that the beneficiaries in the countries we visited were also very pleased and grateful.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved working with the special needs children in Ocotlan. The community really made us feel welcome, and seeing the school improve was extremely rewarding. I would recommend this program, especially because the pre-volunteer work prepared me for serving abroad. Few other programs prepare you to reach out of your comfort zone, to help you reap the full benefit of the experience.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a chance to work with some of the Youthlinc students on a trip to Mexico to set up a special need swing set we send down. The 10 days we were there and the way it changed the lives of some of the students was heart wrenching to say the lease. These students lives were changed forever with 9 month preparing to go and 10 days of working with special need children, this could not have been a more wonderful time of their life's.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with YouthlINC as a volunteer mentor to Peru back in 2007.  I had been involved with other humanitarian foundations and service organizations in the past, but I was absolutely blown away by the time and effort these students had put in just to be able to come on this trip and then work thier hearts out in 95 degree heat for two weeks straight.  The teamwork, the donations, the education, the love that these students brought to this community was astounding.  I hadn't realized how much we could truly accomplish if we could just put our minds to it.  Since then, I have been a dedicated member of the YouthLINC team as the Peru Team Leader and have the opportunity to oversee about 35 new students participate in the program every year, learn the value of service, and see their lives change through a year of selfless experiences.  YouthLINC truly accomplishes it's mission to "create life-time humanitarians".  Just ask any alum. 

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to YouthLINC by my wife (one of the participants from the very first group). I have always known that YouthLINC did good work for the villages they help with, but it wasn't until I went on my first experience in 2008, that I realized how great this organization was. To know that the work that is needed and completed each and every year in these locations has been a huge eye-opener to how important it is to volunteer. The most exciting part of YouthLINC is to know that they are working towardas shaping life-time humanitarians and not just looking for one-time volunteers. I know I will once again help YouthLINC increase its success in volunteering and changing the world one village at a time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my second year of college, Fall 2005, I was invited to participate in YouthLINC as a volunteer participant to provide humanitarian service in Mexico the next coming Summer (2006). I was told this was an opportunity where I would work to earn a "sponsorship" (that would pay for part of the expense of traveling down to Mexico) by performing 60 hours of service in the local community. I signed up for it and decided to work 60 hours at an elementary school; I helped a teacher in her 1st grade classroom by working with some of the students as well as organizing materials and helping with classroom preparation. I spent 3 or 4 hours a week, on multiple days, between my college classes, going in to the class to help with whatever the teacher needed, for about 4 or 5 months (until I reached at least 60 hours). Then, when the Summer came around our international service group made up of about 30 young high school and college participants, all of whom had each spent their own minimum of 60 hours at local service sites of their choice, went to Ocotlan, Mexico, to work at a school for disabled children, and, separately, an orphanage. Our two projects at the school and orphanage involved both physical work such as painting, as well as social-oriented work, directly with the children. We played with them and taught them. (Many of us, myself included, know Spanish to a certain degree, but even those of us who didn't know Spanish still played and spent time with the kids.) This experience built me up and has made me come to see the opportunities to serve all around me and understand peoples' situations, and have a desire to help them improve their lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When our oldest daughter was accepted to participate in a YouthLinc service trip to Peru three years ago, we had no idea this amazing organization would become such a big part of our lives. Now our second daughter has just returned from her service trip to Kenya with life-changing experiences. We have full confidence in sending our teens on YouthLinc trips because of their in-depth planning, focus on safety, and willingness to let these young people carry much of the burden of planning and serving.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been impressed how YouthLinc provides the opportunity for young adults to make volunteerism a part of their lives, enablihg local and foreign communities to benefit from their altruism for many years to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Judy, it has been a delight to witness first hand your dedication to YouthLinc and to see the difference it has made in those who have participated in its programs. I am sure you will keep up the good work whether I ask you to or not.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthLINC is a magnet for caring, motivated, intelligent young adults. It gives hands-on, experiential training in how to be a leader and change the world around you. There aren't many places you can get an experience like that.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YouthLINC is a wonderful organization! I had the opportunity to participate as a student and then again as a professional. It was a great experience serving and being served by the people in Mexico and then returning to see them a second time. I also appreciate YouthLINC's value on local service as well and finding ways to better our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had two children and have personally gone on two of these wonderful humanaitarian trips. The students need to volunteer 60-100 service hours to receive a scholarship sponsored by our Rotary Club in Utah. They work hard in their local communities then give service in 3rd world countries. My son and daughter will never forget their esperience working in a small village on the Amazon. It taught them that it is a big world out there with many wonderful people, just less priviledged that we are. We have traveled extensively as a family but they both say it was the best trip and experience of their lives. Humanitarians for life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Thank you YouthLINC for teaching me that now is the time to serve. Even when everything seems busy, it is important to take just a little time out of your day to help your friends. There are so many ways that you can make a difference in someone else's life, especially when we work together as an organization. YouthLINC focuses on community service as well as international service. Both are so important because there are needs everywhere.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthLINC is a life-changing organization, for both the volunteers and recipients of service. As a high school student, I had my first international humanitarian service experience in Ocotlan, Mexico and loved every minute of it. Serving children with special needs opened my eyes to the needs of communities outside the US and got me addicted to humanitarianism and philanthropy. The wonderfully unique thing about YouthLINC is how everyone works together to first serve locally in preparation to serve internationally. There is an amazing sense of unity among the volunteers and staff and everyone is genuinely motivated to serve. When I have the time and means to do so, I want to travel to their other locales and participate with YouthLINC again. It is truly a special non-profit organization that is long overdue for significant public recognition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

youthlinc is an amazing organization. amazing people are involved with this program. through my trip ive learned to live more simply and love more freely.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc quite literally changed my life and gave me new viewpoints on what it truly means to help yourself grow through helping others. I was an adult mentor for 2 Youthlinc trips to Kenya. I had never traveled in a developing country before, and had never done international service. The unique way that Youthlinc combines local with international service, the one-year mentoring experience with young people from high school through graduate school, and getting to work with incredibly talented and capable adult mentors combined with carefully chosen projects and contact people at the host site, makes for an experience that simpy can't be beat. The Director, Judy Zone, is driven to excellence and responsible non-profit management. Not only is not a penny ever wasted, she takes tiny resources and couples it with networkig to make every dollar come back to the organization many times over! I went to Costa Rica on an Outward Bound trip in March - I chaperoned and the skills I learned in Youthlinc came in very handy! We did home stays and service work with families in the rainforest. It was a life changing event for Erin, I think, as she now talks of going into the Peace Corp and not so much about things she wants. I went to Costa Rica on an Outward Bound trip in March - I chaperoned and the skills I learned in Youthlinc came in very handy! We did home stays and service work with families in the rainforest. It was a life changing event for Erin, I think, as she now talks of going into the Peace Corp and not so much about things she wants.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Youthlinc since its inception 10 years ago. The programs have steadily moved forward and continue to grow. Initially there were only 20 students and 1 site. Now there are 4 international sites and countless local sites and over 100 students. The organization needs to continue to expand its leadership. Involvement of graduates and their families will provide a solid base for future growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went as a student with the Peru team in 2004, and continued with YouthLINC this year as the Mexico team alum leader to Ocotlán. Both experiences have been unforgetable and quite life changing. YouthLINC is designed is such a way that the participants are submerged in service (both locally and abroad) so much that life styles are changed, cultures are connected, appreciation is created and lives are enhanced permanently.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When you are surrounded by enthusiastic young people who want to make a difference in their world, by parents and donors who believe in the mission of the organization enough to be truly generous, then the job of Executive Director becomes a daily joy. Every day, this organization bears witness to the power of a great idea: creating life-time humanitarians through a unique combination of local and international service -- and the sponsorship that both not only holds young people accountable for their leadership and commitment, but makes the accomplishments of YouthLINC possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is a place in my heart that I keep life- changing experiences. Only a few events are kept there. My wedding day, the birth of my children and my experience with Youthlinc. I was able to participate in some of the most selfless service. It changed my global perspective on humanity. I gained a greater love for the human race.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I have volunteered with YouthLINC for the past several years in various capacities, I am constantly amazed at how this program truly changes lives. By combining the elements of local and international service, student participants develop a lifelong passion for humanitarian work. Because of my participation with YouthLINC, I have learned countless important life skills: love, service, leadership, and teamwork.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience as a member of the 2008 Peru YouthLinc team was one of the most amazing opportunities I have ever had. As I worked throughout the year as a regular volunteer, I learned to love serving others. Getting outside of myself and working on making someone else's load lighter became addicting! I fell in love with Peru and its beautiful people . . . I still think about it often. Today, I'm driven to help as many people as I can, whether it be locally or internationally. YouthLinc changed my life and I'm so grateful for the chance this program gave me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two of our children participated in Peru trips with Youthlinc. It was a fantastic experience for both. Youthlinc reinforced their desire to serve within their community, as well as around the world. They came back with a sincere love and admiration for the people of Yanamono Village in Peru, as well as for their Youthlinc peers and leaders. Service is a big part of what defines them--thanks to Youthlinc for providing fantastic, meaningful service opportunities. Thaylene Rogers

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been to Peru, Mexico, opened to the Thailand site, and have participated in some way or another in every local and international aspect of the program and I can say that the organization has a truly wonderful and inspirational mission. The idea of creating a service ethic in a young person is world changing and has exponential potential for good. I adore YouthLINC's mission, the people invovled, the wonderful partners world-wide, and the general blessing these things have been in my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am so thankful for the experience i had in Meru, Kenya because of YouthLINC. I got to experience something that most people never get to in their lifetimes- seeing people living in third world conditions with smiles on their faces. Although we were disorganized sometimes, everything seemed to come together at the end of the day. I loved this organization because each member of the team was invested in the projects due to the monthly meetings and local service requirements. I will always remember the children I met and how much they loved having their pictures taken!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience I had with Youthlinc was the most rewarding of anything I've ever done in my life. They are a great organization that is organized, efficient, productive and offer life altering experiences. Every student that participates in youthlinc receives a sponosrship to help pay for their trip. They want to help youth participate in great things!Also each student is required to complete local service hours that get them involved in service throughout their community. My trip to Peru with Youthlinc is something I will never forget. It has motivated me to continue serving. You won't find a better humanitarian organization out there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved my experience with YouthLinc, and it helped me decide to become a Registered Nurse. In fact, today I was telling someone about my experieces with YouthLinc when I went to Kenya 8 years ago. Definitely a life altering experience, and you couldn't find a better group of people to work with! Amazing!

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in two YouthLinc expeditions - one as a student and again 6 years later as a mentor. I was one of the lucky few who got to go on the very first expedition to Kenya, a week after graduating from high school. It was an experience that set the tone for my life. I was in charge of arranging lessons in the school. While there I also helped with construction and cultural exchange activities. I then went on to become a teacher and joined the 2006 expedition to Peru as a mentor. I helped the students do what I had done in Kenya.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was president of the Murray Rotary Club which supported two students to particpate in the youthlink project. Their determination and dedication to preparing themselves so they understood how much they had to give of themselves so they could help others in Kenya was a wonderful experience for our club. It not only changed the lives of the people in Kenya, but theirs and ours. Past Murray Rotary Club President 2006-2007 Patricia J. Johnson

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a Translator for YouthLinc on a mission to Mexico. I have never been involved with another organization that so effectively brought local and international service together for High School and College students. It is truly a unique organization. I dream of the time when my life will allow me to go on another trip with YouthLinc.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthLINC is an incredible organization that has lasting impacts on the local community, internationally, and most importantly, the individuals. As a high school student, I was impressed in the opportunity to serve in an expedition in Kenya that summer, but it was the service we performed before that made it one hundred times more worthwhile. We were required to to perform at least 100 hours of service to help earn part of a scholarship to go, and for a 15-year-old, nothing could have been better to help me think less of myself and more of the world around me. And now, nine years later, Kenya was one of the most life-changing experiences I've ever had. And I am so grateful that I traveled with YouthLINC--the program was incredibly organized, really focused on us students connecting with our community, and allowed us to have a well-rounded, safe, and enriching experience on our trip. Would I do it again? It a heartbeat. Especially with YouthLINC. And after going with other group on different service trips, it's hard not to compare them with YouthLINC. If you want an amazing organization and the experience of a life time, go with them. You will remember it for the rest of your life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthLINC is an amazing program that provides opportunities to serve locally as well as internationally. Through this experience I developed a habit of service and really made it a part of my life. I learned that there are people everywhere to serve and if you make it your lifestyle there is no greater happiness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I see the outstanding experience this organization provides the youth in our community. They truly creat "Lifetime Humanitarians"!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a mentor and Youthlinc trip leader it has been my pleasure to experience the growth and awe of dozens of youth from around the state of Utah. The experience is one of hands on development of community, skills and knowledge. Students have the amazing opportunity to make a difference in their own community and then become a part of less fortuante communities world wide. To be touched in such a way at such a young age truly binds most students to lifelong service that is rewarding, fun and makes a positive difference at home and abroad. I commend Youthlinc for its persistent work toward a positive human connection at home and afar.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wasn't sure I wanted to go to Peru, I didn't speak Spanish and I didn't know what to expect. All I can say is that I made the right decision. I had an amazing time learning about a new part of the world. I loved being able to help those abroad and learn about myself. I wish I could go on all of their trips!

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthLINC gave me a great opportunity to utilize the business concepts I had been learning in the classroom in order to help create micro-enterprise loan lessons for women throughout the world. YouthLINC offers an incredible outlet for young people to get involved with service in their community, but don't quite know how to direct their desires to serve in an effective way. The organization really focuses on people, and looks to not only better those in our communities and the international community, but also to better the students involved in service. My international trip with YouthLINC to Thailand opened my eyes more fully to the realities of life. I was so grateful to have been able to help individuals in many aspects of their lives; we helped them economically, we helped them how they could be more healthy and take care of themselves, we helped them to rebuild their infrastructure, and we helped them to remember the good that comes from laughter and a helping hand. I would definitely recommend YouthLINC to anyone wanting to make an impact beyond their direct scope of life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization. They give students the opportunity to do international humanitarian service, after they earn the rite by providing much service at home. They partner with other service organizations making any donations go farther then they would otherwise. I have had two daughters give hundreds of hours of service each in our local community to have the opportunity to travel internationally to give more service. It has change our family. We ended up adopting an infant boy from Africa after one daughter helped children in Peru and another helped children in orphanages in Thailand. This organization is making a difference in youth, in families, and in the world.