I have worked with and around through Youth Linc and our Rotary Club. I also have worked with them at a leadership conference. I have seen so many wonderful accomplishments and life changing developments of the adults and youth that have been involved with them in their projects. All ages and communities are better for their efforts. I would always support their efforts.
My son participated with YouthLinc in 2006 on a project in Mexico to help build a school. The project involved about 20 college age individuals, some spoke Spanish while others did not. I was impressed that so many young people would volunteer their time and pay their own way to do something like that to help people they didn't even know. People like them are what makes America so great. We are the most generous country and people in the world. Way to go YouthLinc!
My daughter had the kind of experience I had always hoped to find for my children. This organization combines local volunteer opportunities with international volunteer opportunities along with the support needed. We loved it!
My daughter was a Youthlinc volunteer to Kenya in 2008. Overall, the program was well run and the focus on developing lifetime humantarians was well-conceived. As parents we observed the positive impact of the program on our daughter's development, and have only positive comments on the program. Although the culmination of the project is a volunteer trip to a developing country, it is the day-to-day experience of volunteering locally, and the guidance provided by Youthlink staff and mentors during the formative months which is the most meaningful. I would highly recommend the program to young people of all ages.
I am a parent to two Youthlinc participants. One daughter went to Yanamono, Peru and the other daughter went to Thailand this past summer. Each has become more fully aware of the lives of others and has gained more insight as to the bounties we have here. On both trips the girls were out of their comfort zone, both physically and emotionally. In Peru, the team worked to complete a "schoolroom" as well as prepare an hour lesson and activity for the school children. The school was completed and the children now have a room with a roof over their heads, and some rough shelves for books and benches to sit on. The youthlinc group also learned much about the construction trade and about the people they live and worked with. The group that went to Thailand did much the same, but different. After an 18 hour flight and an attempt at rest in a foreign hotel, they were assigned a villager to live with and help. This village had had been in the path of the Tsnumi that hit Thailand several years ago. This village was quite close in promimity to Puequet, the resort area of Thailand, and most of the villagers make products to sell to the visitors. The group also prepared educational lessons for them, and for those who needed it - computer skills were taught. Once again, there was a language and cultural barrier that needed to be overcome. Youthlinc provided the people with the skills and abilities to help the group be successful in their mission of service. The knowledge and skills that each team member gained will be theirs forever. Youthlinc provides a way to help those who want to do more than wish they could do something.
Judy, it has been a delight to witness first hand your dedication to YouthLinc and to see the difference it has made in those who have participated in its programs. I am sure you will keep up the good work whether I ask you to or not.
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