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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

481 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.