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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jena C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter went to Thailand with Youthlinc in the summer of 2016. This organization is excellent, requiring 80 hours of local service before the youth are allowed to participate in service abroad. This service has instilled a passion for service and my daughter is constantly looking for volunteer opportunities since her return. I love to see her eyes light up whenever someone asks her about her time in Thailand. She fell in love with the children there. As a parent I appreciated the frequent and thorough communication from her team leaders and Youthlinc staff both before and during her trip. It is a very well run and respectable organization which gave me peace of mind when sending my daughter half way around the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son Phillip joined the Youthlinc team in 2016 and traveled to Thailand on his service trip in June. It was the best thing he has done to date in terms of developing an un-paralleled appreciation for culture and realization that the world is out there for him to see.

I would recommend it to anyone who has a student that wants to expand their horizons!

Lois26

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter went to Guatemala in 2015 and Thailand in 2016. Both times, she raised the money herself, proving it can be done. And it was so worth it. She has a good heart and Youthlinc is a journey of the heart, bringing out the best in all who participate, youths and adults alike. The trips are well-planned, they accomplish a lot and the participants come back both grateful for their own blessings and anxious to help others. Best of all, the service they do in their own communities gives them a keener understanding of many people's lives — and a deep desire to forge connections and help others. If you have a chance to go, GO!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My daughter went to Peru with Youthlinc. It was a wonderful experience, but I'm not going to lie, the year leading up to the trip was difficult. She was awarded a scholarship for the trip but had to come up with the rest of the money herself. Working part time while going to school and doing regular community service was very hard. However, she would not have changed anything. Her local service site was amazing and helped shape her thoughts about future careers. She wants to go again but this time she thinks her parents should come!

Marci6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a parent that had a daughter on the Kenya 2015 trip. Not only was her youthlinc experience in Africa Awesome!!, but it has also magnified her desire to serve others in her community. She is looking for ways to be involved in serving in college and of course talking about her next trip with youthlinc. I always had confidence in Youthlinc that she would be safe and taken care of. I strongly recommend youthlinc to anyone considering it. Plan on sending my last two boys when they are old enough.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 17-year-old son is a great kid, but has been fortunate enough to have been raised in a safe, sheltered community. I wanted him to be able to gain some perspective about our world and the vast number of people who live in dire poverty. So after hearing a rave review from an acquaintance about Youthlinc, I encouraged him to sign up. At first, he didn't believe that it was possible to travel to a foreign country. It took some persuasion and a little bit of pressure to get him to actually apply to the program. But he did and was accepted.

The next nine months were filled with service at a care center, Youthlinc meetings and fundraising. It was great to have him complete 80 hours of service so that he felt like he "earned" the trip. And fundraising was another experience that changed his perspective, because he realized how generous people can be. Finally, all of the preparations were made and Spencer was at the airport going to Peru. Something he hadn't thought possible was about to take place!

The service experience in Peru was priceless. Our son enjoyed connecting with the people. He grew close to most of the kids in the small village and played soccer with them daily. Upon returning home, he said, "Compared to these people, I have everything, so I want to do everything I can to help and serve them." He and the other 30 people from Youthlinc were in tears when they left the village after their two weeks of service. It was definitely a life-changing experience for him. I can't think of a better way to help him shift his paradigm and perspective about world poverty.

Thank you, Youthlinc, for providing this amazing opportunity!

Betty24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Youthlinc is a great non-profit organization that builds young humanitarians. The program is great in teaching youth to serve their community and their country. I witnessed a 16 year old go out in the community to solicit help with gaining funds to go to Africa for 17 days doing humanitarian service. She first served her community by volunteering at a local respite nursery for children. She grew to love serving her community and felt she was able to make a difference. She went to make a difference in Africa but Africa made a difference in her.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter grew so much during her time with Yoithlinc. This organizations conducts service trips to help children and schools in developing countries. Her trip was to Guatemala. Her service there and her experience there were wonderful, but she grew the most in performing local service by herself and with her team in her own community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had 3 of my daughters go on Youthlinc trips to Cambodia and Kenya over the last two years. The change that has taken place in their lives is priceless. I love the fact that Youthlinc is really big on local service. It seems that some people just want to do the International humanitarian service because it sounds cool, but the more important part is serving locally. I love that my girls have become so aware of the local service opportunities because of YouthLinc. They will be forever lifetime humanitarians because of YouthLinc. Thank you so much for that.

Karen182

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YouthLinc is a youth organization that changes the lives of the youth and mentors who serve as well as those they serve both locally and internationally. The local service our daughter did to those in need are experiences that will drive her passions for the rest of her life. Thank you YouthLinc for your well thought out organization!