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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

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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!

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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.