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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Hello - I saw a flyer from a friend and wanted to help out with a donation for a trip. I was really hoping to see a paypal option on your donation page. That is my preferred method over credit card on-line payments. I hope you add that as a payment option.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am completely sold on Youthlinc's program. As a parent I was a little concerned when my daughter wanted to join youthlinc and travel to Peru to help there. I loved the idea but wanted to make sure she was with a good organization that would keep her safe as well. Youthlinc provided the support structure along with good leaders and medical personnel, all there for the volunteers to keep them healthy and safe. They took good care of my daughter when she did get sick upon arrival in Peru, and she went on to have a fabulous experience. Along with the service in Peru, my favorite part of the program is the hours of service they are required to put in to their own community before going abroad. Youthlinc is the best organization of its kind that I have found.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THe work that youthlinc is doing is amazing. It's great to see NPO like them making a difference.

Review from Guidestar

Amy O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Jessica, who is 16, chose this organization after carefully researching all of the non-profits in our area. Youthlinc is creating life long humanitarians through their program. Youthlinc implements a program that gives me great hope for the future. The monthly meetings have great purpose. These children will easily lead and teach and serve our communities of tomorrow.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This organization is wonderful. It provides youth with the experience of witnessing the lifestyle of others around the world. It allows the youth who participate to help out those who are less fortunate while learning about other cultures and beliefs.

Review from Guidestar

Sandy G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that teaches our children in the USA to be more giving to each other, to those in the community and open minded to those from other countries!!! Wonderful organization for our youth!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YouthLinc has found a way to make an extraordinary marriage between service within a community and service abroad. They have integrated this profound approach of humanitarian work and service into the lives of youth in an effort to create lifelong humanitarians. I find this to be a unique and incredible organization for those reasons, I have worked with countless non profits and none of them have been able to successfully improve the lives of youth, those in need in our community, and those suffering in third world countries all at the same time. Their method is beyond impressive and extremely successful. I truly believe they just might be the best non profit organization I have ever encountered.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Our daughter served YouthLinc in Kenya summer 2008. She designed a micro finace program to share with the women in Kenya. She absolutely loved her experience. She is now serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. As a parent I felt the cost for the time there was extremely expensive to be paid for by the person. I also felt that some of the organizational details were not as detailed for a group going off to work as volunteers by themselves. YouthLinc has great aspirations and want to do good in many places. They have new ideas they want to incorporate and it may be too many at once without much experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful opportunity to see this organization change lives first hand. For the past two years my wife has been heavily involved working with Youthlinc as a volunteer, mentor, and employee. I have seen the lives of the people they help change, the teenagers who participate mature into young humanitarians, and our local community benefit. Thank you Youthlinc - you definitely make a difference!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is a youth-oriented service organization with it's primary purpose to create life-long humanitarians. The local service the youth engage in is an excellent way to have them connect with their communities. The international experiences are incredibly life-changing. My daughter went to Kenya and Mexico with this group, and it has truly helped her become a more global citizen. I love the connection with Rotary as well! Many of my high school students have also been involved, so I have seen many lives changed because of this program! Very well organized as well!