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Youthlinc

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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

668 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Madi3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc truly works to achieve its mission of creating lifetime humanitarians. It has changed my life for the better, and I know many others who would say the same thing. This organization is amazing.

Megan157

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Youthlinc in 2011 and my life has been completely changed ever since. Youthlinc absolutely delivers on its mission to create lifetime humanitarians. The local service I completed with local teen refugees took me completely outside of my comfort zone. It allowed me to create meaningful relationships with people I would have never come into contact with otherwise, and I have been inspired to continue serving with that population to this day. Because of my experiences with local service, I approached the international service component with humility and with a desire to create collaborative relationships based on mutual respect. This is now how I approach all aspects of my volunteer, academic, and professional life. My first Service Year experience flipped a switch inside me: I realized the potential in myself not only to create change for others, but also to seek the personal changes that occur when compassionately engaging with diverse populations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an amazing nonprofit organization that I have been a part of for many years. They promote both local and international service and do a fantastic job in "creating lifetime humanitarians." I would recommend this organization to anyone!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is truly a great nonprofit organization, creating lifetime humanitarians. It has made an immense impact in my life and of those I love. I really enjoyed every moment of my experience with Youthlinc, starting from the beginning of my trip to actually going on the trip. It helped me become more confident, a better team member, and a hard worker. I would extremely recommend Youthlinc to any person who want to help other people either in their community or internationally. I will always remember Youthlinc, as the start of my lifetime as a humanitarian.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Youthlinc was absolutely incredible and life changing! Thanks to my team leaders Britnie and Justin Powell, who lead our Madagascar trip through crazy ups and downs smoothly and with low stress. The experience in Madagascar was unmatchable and unforgettable! Thanks to this program, I have built and discovered skills I didn't know I possessed or had a passion for that I wouldn't have been able to discover without this incredible program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The last two service trips that I have served with Youthlinc have been life changing, and I would not be the person I am today without the experience of a third world country. The culture was so different in both Madagascar and Cambodia, which exposes young adults to new people and new traditions that don't exist in their own country. I gained leadership skills from my previous trips and I feel more confident in acting as a role model for other students in the organization. I love Youthlinc and I am excited to serve another year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the experience of a lifetime working with Utah Youthlinc. It was amazing working with people both locally and abroad. This was a life changing humanitarian effort for me. The opportunity to experience another culture and get to know the love and warmth of the Cambodian people, without my family, allowed me to grow as a person. At the end of my stay in the village, it was hard to say my goodbyes. I can only hope that we helped to change and touch their lives for the better. Thank you for allowing me this once in a lifetime chance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an amazing non-profit organization. You do local community service hours and out of the the country service. Last year I learned so much volunteering. Without Youthlinc I probably wouldn't have volunteered at different places. Going to another country and helping others there was a whole new experience for me and seeing how different other people live from me and seeing how we also aren't that different in life. I have just learned so much from Youthlinc.

Annie U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has given me the opportunity to voice my opinion and make a change for those not only in my community but also by serving a village on my service trip just this passing June in Thailand! Being a young adult in today's world can sometimes consist of being labeled by some ageists of other generations as 'lazy, glued to our phones, and selfish.' However, by participating in service we are able to stand up for our beliefs to make the world better, make a change, be productive and bring a smile to a stranger which we never knew we could love so dearly. Youthlinc brings people together and gives us opportunities to open our hearts and to learn together, unifying the youth of our world, future generations to come, and allows us to define ourselves instead of accepting the words tossed around by those who doubt us. Whoever says you're too small to make a difference is wrong, because with Youthlinc I was shown that that statement is far from incorrect.

Cassandra18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc was an amazing experience! Youthlinc helped me get more involved in serving others locally and in Guatemala. It was an unique experience that helped me learn more about myself and more about what life looked like outside of the US. Although I ended most days in Guatemala covered in cement, it was worth is because I got to help other people and changed their lives. My Youthlinc teams was able to put cement floors in 37 Guatemalan houses. We also taught kids and adults English, taught people how to use sewing machines, taught people how to cut hair, and we were able to give and install stoves into different houses. I would highly recommend Youthlinc to anyone who wants to be more involved in service.

John403

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience! I had so much fun as a member on the Peru team. The trip didn't even feel like community service because of all of the amazing people you worked with and visited. Would recommend to any and everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc was an awesome experience, an experience of a lifetime! Their equal focus on local and international service truly helped instill a desire to serve. With an 80 hour minimum local service qualification, all members of Youthlinc had to sacrifice a lot in order to be eligible for this trip. We had to put other things on hold as we diligently worked to get 80 hours. And the international service was an experience I would not trade for anything. Seeing the eyes of Malagasy men, women, and children light up over the smallest things was something I will not forget. We worked alongside the people and helped make lasting impacts. We did not just go in and throw money at a problem. The experience I had with Youthlinc is something I am immensely grateful for! It has changed my life for the better and I hope to be able to continue to serve as Youthlinc has inspired me to do so well.

Kumen S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has given me the opportunity to change the lives of those locally and internationally. I had the chance to travel to Peru and help the villagers of Santa Isabel. It was an amazing experience and something I will never forget.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc provides the best experience out there! I went on a trip to Madagascar last summer and I can honestly say it was an experience like no other. Youthlinc is very organized and fun to be a part of. I think the best part is that you not only get to serve internationally but locally as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is amazing!!! You learn so much during your service year, and experience more then you could possibly imagine during your international trip.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are a lot of organizations that take students on international humanitarian trips, but Youthlinc is the best program to go with. Not only do you get the opportunity to serve people internationally, Youthlinc gives students the chance to become more involved within their own community. Serving locally truly does create lifetime humanitarians which changes the lives of all those who work with Youthlinc. I would recommend Youthlinc to anyone who is passionate about service.

Sage O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Extremely amazing and eye opening. Most fun I have ever had lots of hard work that paid off.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such and AMAZING experience with Youthlinc. They are an amazing organization. And are very put together and know what they are doing!! I had such an incredible experience with the touring of the country and also being able to put myself to work and help out such amazing people. Youthlinc definitely should be one of your top choices for a non-profit organization. Love every second of it!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the best time I have ever had in my life. I got to meet so many people that i made connections with. Youthlinc has changed my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an amazing non-profit that allows people to learn the importance of service not only internationally but also locally. It helps you gain perspective about the world and also your community and what you can do to help. The experience I had with youthlinc was unforgettable and I'm so excited to be working with them again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Madagascar was my second youthlinc trip. My first trip was several years ago to Cambodia. There really aren't words for what Youthlinc has done for me in my life. It has truly changed me forever. I would recommend it to everyone! With Youthlinc you are able to be completely invested in your international trip due to the experiences you get to have each month for a year leading up to the trip. You are able to do local service, plan out projects that will be done in country, fundraise, and work with your team to create a successful trip. This makes the trip so much more meaningful. I will never forget the things both Cambodia and Madagascar have taught me. I have learned what true humility is, how to serve, how to work, and how to love. I have learned that we all speak the same language- it just may sound a little different. I have learned that even the littlest things can make a difference and change the world. The experiences I have had thanks to Youthlinc will forever remain close to my heart and for that I will be forever grateful

Hwilk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

About a year ago I joined Youthlinc as a service student and went to Cambodia as my international site. It was the best experience of my life and I'm so grateful for it! The organization is very well planned and executed. Everything that needed to happen for successful travel and productivity on site happened because of the preparation and help Youthlinc provided. Not only was serving a phenomenal experience but I was able to meet so many people who will be life long friends and I developed better leadership, communication and responsibility skills. I'm so grateful for Youthlinc!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an incredible organization. I was a participant for the 2015 service year. I went to Cambodia, and it was incredible. Youthlinc helped me all along the way and they truly do an amazing job. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Youthlinc. Life changing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc does such an amazing job at creating lifetime humanitarians and by making a difference in the local community by requiring local service hours.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is such an amazing program and it does not doubt to create lifetime humanitarians. I had the experience to go to Madagascar on a service trip in 2016 and it will be something I will never forget. We got to help kids in 3rd world countries learn about our culture and our language, we helped build a classroom for children to learn in, taught women how to see and garden, basically helped these people learn how to have a more civil life. It was honestly just heartwarming to leave this place knowing we left it better than we found it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is a nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, Utah dedicated to making lifetime humanitarians. The time I spent in Kathmandu, Nepal with Youthlinc were easily the best two weeks of my life. I made so many strong friendships and learned so much about a new culture that was completely foreign to me. I got many leadership opportunities within my team, and was constantly busy doing construction work, teaching English lessons, going on home visits, getting to meet some of the most amazing families with the most humbling stories. I knew within a few days of being on Nepal that I wanted to continue to serve the international community as an alum leader for Youthlinc. (and I am going on another trip in the summer of 2016) I absolutely love Youthlinc, their mission statement, and the amazing things that they continue to do year after year for those less fortunate than us in third world countries. I would highly recommend Youthlinc to anyone who is looking to serve both their local and international communities, to take on leadership rolls, and to get out of their comfort zone and try something completely new.
- Alice Barnett

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I love youthlinc. They are so unique in their program and I love how they are involved in community work and they have an amazing travel program. Such a great experience for any age and I love the adult leaders they have as that lead the discussions and all of the organization is incredible. Such an amazing year. Such an amazing program.

Spencer B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first involved with Youthlinc in 2011 when I was a senior in high school. I applied to the program because I wanted to not be so focused on myself and because I honestly thought it would look good on college resume's. I had a great experience going to Thailand and volunteering many hours throughout the year to a local service site. I got back and life caught up with me. I forgot about Youthlinc and it's mission until about 4 years later I got an email from them. I realized that I had not fulfilled Youthlinc's goal of creating a lifetime humanitarian. I also realized that I missed volunteering and being involved in my community. So I decided to apply to Youthlinc again to help open up a new site. I was excited to be a part of the organization 5 years later. I couldn't have guessed the impact that this trip was going to have on me. The organization, kindness, and true desire to help others made me reflect on myself. I felt that this organization wasn't about sending kids on an international trip to go experience the world, but much more. This organization is about reaching outside yourself, at times going outside your comfort level and finding ways to connect and help those around us. You gain different view points from serving others from such varied backgrounds. When we finally made it to our international site I was blown away by our approach. We weren't there to just hand them a bunch of stuff, but we were there to understand the international community and help implement projects their way to further improve their way of life. As we left the village for the last time I felt myself tear up. Coming home I truly feel that Youthlinc didn't give me a fun trip to Madagascar. Rather Youthlinc made me into a lifetime humanitarian.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc was an amazing experience. I was apart of the 2016 Kenya team. I loved every minute of meeting new people, building, teaching, learning, and just experiencing things I though I never would. not only did the international trip change my life but also the community service we did changed my life as well

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had so many incredible opportunities while being involved with youthlinc. I have been able to lose myself in the service of others and develop many life skills that have already become so valuable. Youthlinc has truely changed my life for the better and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to continue to be apart of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Youthlinc. My experience working with this program was so fulfilling. Youthlinc taught me to be responsible and passionate. I learned to involve others in my service and help them to feel passionate about the world as well. I feel that I learned so much from the complete program--both the local and international service experiences. After working with various international humanitarian programs, I remain very impressed with the effectiveness and strategy Youthlinc uses in international development. On a personal note, Youthlinc changed and reoriented my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc was such an incredible experience for me. I loved doing local service at Real Life multiple times a week. Becoming friends with those kids was one of the greatest parts of my year. I loved getting to know my team and team leaders--they were great examples and friends. I went to Vietnam internationally and would not change that experience for anything. The people, especially the kids, I met there changed my life completely. I have never felt so much love and happiness. Never have I been so sweaty or exhausted or laughed and played so much. This experience was more than I could have hoped for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is amazing!!

This nonprofit turns young people into promising future humanitarians and leaders through service both local and abroad. My personal experience with Youthlinc has been phenomenal. I was a volunteer on the Peru team for the 2013-2014 school year and we spent the year preparing for, and completing a humanitarian trip to northern Peru in a small village that greatly needed our help. We taught English, built a bridge for the school children to get to school, and taught the local women the trade of sewing on a machine to help make money for their families. The village was forever changed!

I love Youthlinc and its mission! I encourage everyone to check it out and to support it in its great cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Aubrey (I'm 17) and this past summer (2016) I traveled with a youthlinc trip to Madagascar. I absolutely loved it. Never before have I had such a rewarding and eye-opening experience in my entire life. Youthlinc's devotion to local service and 80 hour requirement prior to the universal trips sets them apart from all the rest. They require you to spend time serving those around you before you are able to serve those far away from you. Their commitment to consistent service before and after the trips keeps their volunteers on the path to becoming lifetime humanitarians. Instead of having all of the in country activities and arrangements made for you, student volunteers have to help plan them and create lessons to teach over seas. This gives students a sense of responsibility and demands the development of leadership skills. Overall, youthlinc was one of the best things that ever happened to me! Thanks to them I'm on my way to becoming the best lifetime humanitarian I can be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love my experience at real life!!! I was so sad to leave and am looking forward to next year when I can come see my wonderful friends at real life! You make such amazing relationships with the kids you mentor and it's very hard to leave.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc's motto is "creating lifelong humanitarians", and I believe that it truly does. Something that makes Youthlinc so unique is that it requires students to serve both locally and globally, allowing students to see and act on the need in their own community, as well as creating cultural bridges among the globe. Youthlinc lights a spark in students to want to continue serving both locally and globally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had one of the first important and fun learning experiences of my life through Youthlinc. I received a full and immersive humanitarian experience through this great organization and look forward to working with it next year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with Youthlinc last year as a service year student to Kenya. I had the most amazing experience with this program. It helped me realize what I can do to help change my community and the world for the better. I love that they require that you serve within your community. Through my community service I learned so much about myself and other people. The international service was just as a amazing! I was able to experience another culture and serve the most amazing people I have ever met! I highly recommend looking into Youthlinc because it was truly life changing!

Betsy34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has honestly changed my life. I never expected it would, but it did. I really feel as though this organization is truly dedicated to making lifelong humanitarians as they say in their slogan. Every time I have had a question I always received a quick response that answered my question. I am so glad I decided to work with this organization, and I plan on continuing working with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is such an amazing thing. It really helped me to become a better person and to help out in my community. It has been such a blessing in my life to be apart of such an amazing organization like this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Youthlinc was everything I had hoped it to be and more. Not only did it show me that I could truly make a difference in my community, but it also exposed me to a world I had never seen that was much larger than myself. Everyone in this program is dedicated to producing lifetime humanitarians, and it is their passion for what they do that allows them to fulfill their mission. Everyone student I know that has participated in Youthlinc comes out of the program with a new view of the world, and most want to keep coming back because they realize just how wonderful this program is. Youthlinc allows the students in the program to make a difference in their community and personally contribute to a larger cause. I would and do recommend Youthlinc to everyone I know because I know the difference it has made in my life and so many others lives. This is the perfect platform for students to learn more about the world around them and feel like they have personally made a difference in others lives. The connections and relationships made at my local service site, in my Youthlinc team and halfway across the world will last me a lifetime. I can't get enough of this amazing program and know that I will continue to be involved for as long as I possibly can. Youthlinc really does create lifetime humanitarians.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc changed my life! Such an incredible organization that builds young humanitarians and indescribable relationships that will last the rest of your life.

Katie137

Former staff

Rating: 5

Youthlinc not only promotes service on a global level, but locally too. Before first year students travel on their humanitarian trip to another country, Youthlinc requires they complete 80 hours of local service, 40 of which must be at one site. For the 2015-2016 academic school year, I interned for Youthlinc's Real Life, an after-school program with a life-skills curriculum that aims to serve underprivileged youth in Salt Lake County. There are about 8 or so sites where the youth can come and participate in the program. Real Life has sites that focus refugee teens as well, helping them become successful people as they start their new life here in the states. As for the students who volunteer, Real Life provides them with a leadership opportunity that will help them with creating lessons and teaching them, all while learning about classroom management. Being apart of this program was enlightening and humbling. To see the friendships formed between everyone involved was incredible. Again, Youthlinc never fails to impress.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Nepal this past July with Mark and Shelly Burningham as my team leaders and it was the most enlightening and humbling experience! To be on a team with the sweetest and coolest mentors/peers from all across the state of Utah who all cared about the same things as I did and had the same goal of helping others made it all worthwhile and incredibly special! As a recent high school graduate, I feel that Youthlinc's testimony of creating lifetime humanitarians is one that is especially powerful that impacts youth greatly. If you are a high school/college student looking to broaden your service experience, meet new people, travel someplace new, and change your life, Youthlinc is for you!

Kylee B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc changed my life. I have learned so much from everything I have done with them and I can't wait to keep expanding and growing with them

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is a life changing organization. I have had the opportunity to participate in 2 Youthlinc service years, and have loved every moment. I was able to travel to Peru on the 2014-15 service team, and then return again on the 2015-16 service team.

Youthlinc has taught me more about myself, then I would have ever imagined. I have learned that service is a priority in my life, that life is about more than popularity or being rich, and that service does not have to be international. Over the past two years, I have learned how to stay organized, work hard towards and ending goal, plan major events, and to always work with a smile on my face.

There was never a time where I ever felt unsafe while on a humanitarian trip. Youthlinc did very well at making sure we had the proper nutrients, accommodations, and safty, while still allowing you to experience a life changing event.

Being able to participate in Youthlinc has help me better prepare for adulthood, more then anything else. I have learned to serve other, and to try and make a change in my community here in the United States. Youthlinc is an amazing organization, and would recommend it to everyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has changed my life for the better. By installing a love for service into me, they motivated me to become a member of every service club possible at my school. The have installed life time humanitarians into the youth of Utah, by having them serve in their community and internationally. Youthlinc created an environment that allowed students to be them self, learn from others, and to serve. They are an organization that has exceeded my expectations and I would gladly participate with Youthlinc again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc changed my life! I went on 2015 team Cambodia and 2016 team Peru. They were both such amazing experiences from the local service to the in country construction projects. They teach you so much about yourself and are such awesome experiences you can't get anywhere else! I recommend this organization to everyone!

Aurora R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Choosing Youthlinc was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I never thought that I would grow so much from a two week trip. Getting to know people from across the country was a life changing experience and the connections you make with them is heart warming. I hope to go on a Youthlinc trip every year and serve those that need it most! Thank you Youthlinc for such a life changing experience!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past year, I had the opportunity to participate in Youthlinc's program for students called the Service Year. It was a year of local community service followed by a humanitarian trip to an international country. I loved the fact that they require 80+ hours of community service before allowing you to go on the international trip, because it really teaches students the meaning and value of everyday service. I also loved the international trip, (mine was to Peru) as it changed my life immensely, and taught me about building human relationships.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Youthlinc for the last two years and have really enjoyed the whole process. I traveled to Cambodia last summer and went to Madagascar this year as an alum leader. Youthlinc has opened so many doors for me and I couldn't be more grateful. I have met so many people that I've continued to be friends with and am now in the process of apply to be an intern for Real Life, and after school tutoring program for students from 6th to 12th grade that is sponsored by Youthlinc. If it wasn't for Youthlinc I wouldn't have been exposed to all the great friendships I've made, the opportunities I've been given, and the major I hope to study while I'm here at the U (Social Entrepreneurship). Youthlinc has had a profound impact on who I've become today.

Gabriella K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an amazing nonprofit that has truly changed my life! I have been on two trips with this group and have gained more knowledge than I had expected and built amazing relationships with truly unbelievable people. Not only do you give back abroad but you help our within your own community and that in itself helps to build character and true life time humanitarians.

Bonnie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Husband and I have now been on 10 international service trips with Youthlinc. We served as the Medical Mentors on all but the last trip since I am an RN and my husband a Pediatrician. We have served in Kenya four times, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and this past June/July to Nepal. All were exciting, interesting, fulfilling and hard work! The best part is observing the students experience a new and very different culture, meet and work with people and other students not knowing their language while learning how to travel so far from home. For me, these trips have been life changing experiences that make me value how others cultures live and how lucky I am. These trips are well organized and do all that is possible to make these trips safe, meaningful and life changing for the students. Guess that says it all in a nutshell!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthLinc promotes involving HIgh School & College youths in community service with the additional reward of international service. I have been the nurse/mentor for 8 trips including Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Cambodia & Kenya. It is such a pleasure to observe the changes that occur in the students as they prepare for these experiences, deal with foreign travel, strange customs and foods. There are building projects, health & education classes developed and taught to the in-country students and/or their families, fund raising, Fun & Health Fairs. Students are selected in November and meet monthly until departure. Community hours of service must be completed before leaving the USA. A great opportunity for all concerned.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to travel to Nepal in 2015 and I am pleased to say I will be joining up with Youthlinc again this year. Youthlinc is an amazing program that encourages local service as well as allowing young adults and adults to go on amazing humanitarian trips. They understand the needs of the places they are going and work very hard to make lasting impacts with everything they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is unique in its mission as a nonprofit. It desires to see change in people that in turn will change not only the cities they live in but also the world in a larger sense. It truly does create lifetime humanitarians that are excited to serve and love all people. The staff at Youthlinc are incredible, friendly, helpful and just generally amazing. I highly recommend this nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with Youthlinc was watching my oldest sister go to Kenya and come back a better person. After hearing her stories I knew that I wanted to get involved with this amazing program. A few years later, when I was old enough, I applied to go on a trip. I was accepted to be apart of the Guatemala team. I never could have imagined how much not only the trip but also the service year in general would impact me. Through Youthlinc's service year I was able to work with teen refugees to teach them life skills, collect medical supplies for a clinic, and have exceptional leadership opportunities at a young age. In fact I had such an incredible experience that I decided to go again the following year. This past year I worked as a development intern to raise $2000 of project fund money for my team. Youthinc has given me the opportunity to improve not only other people's lives but also my own. It helped me discover that I want to do humanitarian work for the rest of my life. Youthlinc connects people through mutual love and respect. I would and have recommended this program to everyone looking for a life-changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've participated in the Youthlinc Service Year program for the past 2 years (on the Nepal June 2015 Team as a student and on the Madagascar July 2016 Team as an alum leader). Youthlinc does a very good job of giving students real world experience with the issues facing small communities in developing countries. One thing I really appreciate about Youthlinc's model for international service is that it emphasizes cooperation between the community members and the Youthlinc teams. I think that encouraging both groups to teach and share ideas with each other reliably creates a very good outcome for both the communities Youthlinc serves and the students in the Service Year. When on a Youthlinc Team, it is important to remember that the more energy and effort you put into the projects, the more you, your teammates, and the community you are in will benefit from the experience. I highly recommend the Youthlinc Service Year- it is a great opportunity both to serve and to learn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc has provided the opportunity for many young people to expand their experience in the world and begin their journey of life-long service. Youthlinc has also contributed to the positive development of leadership and service in the adults who mentor these youth. Youth and mentors alike evolve symbiotically for the cultivation of compassion and love in action, contributing to a better world.

Katie155

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed every minute I dedicated to my youthlinc expirence this past year! It was a great way to get me involved in my own neighborhood as well as in another country! The leaders and mentors on the team were spectacular! They made sure everyone felt involved and needed as we planned and carried out our international service trip! The trip itself was an amazing opportunity that I can't wait to expirence again! Youthlinc, in my personal opinion, is not something you can do just one time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience with Youthlinc this past year. I was fortunate enough to be able to be a part of the Madagascar July team this summer and had an outstanding experience serving both in Madagascar and my home town of Salt Lake City. Thanks to Youthlinc, a small village we helped in Madagascar changed for the better in several ways. Additionally, in serving locally I also helped out the people near me. Youthlinc is a fantastic organization and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Lucy23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Throughout the Youthlinc service year, I served with Real Life, a teen refugee mentoring program in Salt Lake City, where we meet once a week with teens from all over the world, and help them with their schooling and also become friends with them. Before being in this environment, I never even knew that there were refugees in the Salt Lake City area let alone near where I live! After volunteering with Real Life, a service site I wouldn't have even known about without Youthlinc, I know that I have made a difference in the lives of these refugees by hearing about their stories and helping them to excel in their second or third language!

Nicole156

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can honesty say that Youthlinc has changed my the way I think, act and view the world. I have been on 2 service trips through Youthlinc and have had nothing but positive experiences have helped shape who I am. I have learned so much about building relationships, how I should treat others, how to problems solve and how serving others is the one thing in this world that brings true happiness. These list goes on and on, and I have Youthlinc and the people who are involved with it to thank. I would highly recommend it to anyone and am so grateful for the lessons it has taught me.

Emma25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the beginning of December and July I worked with youthlinc to prepare for our service trip to Madagascar in July we met every month until our trip to get ready. During that time we also had to do service within our local community which was to expand our knowledge of our community and globally. Once we went to Madagascar we were able to accomplish so much in so little time, it was amazing.

Courtney69

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is an amazing organization. Everyone is so dedicated to helping people all over the world. I have learned so much while working with youthlinc. It has helped me grow and become a better person.