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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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

5 mhw

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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