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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

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