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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

491 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.