I have plenty of used toys and clothes that I don't need. My family is moving soon so I'm getting rid of a lot of my stuff, and since its near the holidays I thought I would donate my stuff to the less fortunate... Thank you!
My son participated in the Nepal July group with Youthlinc. The team was assembled before the devastating earthquake. The communication with parents after the earthquake was outstanding. The leadership for the team was wonderful.
The structure of Youthlinc's program is fantastic! I was so impressed prior to the team's departure and am even more so now they are home. Kids are engrossed in service prior to leaving. This continues on the service trip. These kids worked very, very hard for the villagers in Suntakhan village. They met many new friends.
So grateful. Thank you, Youthlinc!
The Kaysville Rotary Club is a proud donor for many years. We look forward to sponsoring students each year who come back enriched with life changing experiences, while serving their fellow man in far away places.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of Youthlinc as a donor.
Judy Z. 10/22/2014
Thank you Kaysville Rotary Club - and so many Rotary Clubs in Utah who support the local and international service that Utah youth contribute through our Service Year. We love Rotary, and we love Kaysville Club!
I have been involved with youthlinc in many capacities. As a volunteer fundraiser for the first few years and as donor and supporter for the past few years and I have nothing but good to say about this organization. It is difficult to rely mainly on volunteers for your support as you run and maintain a wonderful program that benefits all involved. I have seen lives changed by the programs Youthlinc provides. When a youth comes home from a trip, their life is greatly impacted by the experience. I wish every youth had the opportunity to experience what Youthlinc provides and I hope the program continues to grow so that more do have the opportunity to begin their path as humanitarians for life. Teaching our children the importance of giving is almost more important than teaching them how to continually try to accumulate in this life. Thank you Youthlinc for all the good you do in the world.
My husband and I have been involved with the Youthlinc organization since he and our oldest daughter participated in one of their service trips to Mexico in 2007. Since then we have sponsored many other students on their service trips and have sent both our daughters on a service trip to Thailand. I am greatly impressed with this organization and with it's focus on creating lifetime humanitarians by getting young people involved in giving service. In addition to the well organized and meaningful service projects that they do on the international level the participants are required to give local service in their own communities to earn their sponsorship for the international project they are participating in. I know with both of my daughters this service requirement resulted in them having to step out of their comfort zones and was a eye opening and life changing experience which made them realize how fortunate they are and helped them see the needs and the opportunities available around them every day. I have friends whose children have participated in international service projects with other groups and though these experiences were very meaningful they did not have the same impact on their children because the focus of the project participants was raising funds for the project rather than getting involved in giving service. I appreciate this major difference. For me it is far more important to teach my children to give service rather than to teach then how to raise money to donate for service. Though raising money is essential to fund service projects it is detached from the people who need our service and does not require us to give of our time and ourselves in the same way as giving actual service does. I love this organization and have nothing but praise for the impact it has on the lives of those who participate with it.
I am a donor as well as a Youthlink parent. Last year my teenager was in a group that went to Cambodia. I was impressed with the Youthlink leaders and how they kept everyone involved, including parents in the planning and preparation for the trip. The effort included local volunteer service, planning for the activities in Cambodia, as well as getting shots, packing and medical exams. The leaders patiently answered all questions and helped provide solutions for problems and concerns. The result was a life changing experience for my teenager and others which reinforced the importance of service and provided confidence to do difficult things. Thank you Youthlink.
My daughter went as a volunteer to Kenya in 2012, and will return to work with Youthlinc in the summer of 2014 as an alumni leader. As she became involved with Youthlinc, I also was drawn in to not only be a donor but to volunteer my services with the group. Youthlinc is an outstanding organization, combining the molding of young people into lifetime volunteers and providing much-needed help in countries around the globe.
Youthlinc was a door of opportunity and understanding for our daughter. The experiences she had in Kenya were eye-opening as she served with Youthlinc in a Third World situation. The love she acquired for the people and the enthusiasm she returned with were priceless. I would recommend this organization to anyone wanting a life-changing opportunity for their youth.
My son travelled to Kenya this past summer with Youthlinc. It was such a great experience. He was able to experience many things he has been sheltered from most of his life. As a parent, of course I was a bit nervous at first, but the Youthlinc staff, mentors and volunteers were extremely prepared and experienced which gave me so much comfort. One of the other really great benefits of this program was the required local service hours he was required to complete prior to leaving for his service trip. We will be sending our teenage daughter next summer, hopefully to her first choice, Thailand!
Youthlinc provided an excellent opportunity for my daughter to provide service in Guatemala - it was an amazing program with a lot of volunteer work and just plain helping other people both at home and abroad - they were well organized and I was very impressed.
My daughter came home from school one day and asked if she could apply to the Youthlinc international service program. I am so glad that we let her apply because this has been such an amazing experience for her and us. She has not been on the trip to Thailand yet but she has been volunteering in the community on a weekly basis. She works with local refugee children, planning activities with them and being a constant friend to them. I don't know who benefits more, these refugee children or my daughter. Youthlinc requires that members commit a certain number of hours volunteering in the local community in order to qualify for the international trip. Team members also must fundraise to pay their way. Youthlinc wants to create lifetime humanitarians. The rewarding feeling of helping others is invaluable and by completing these volunteer hours, members get hooked on the way it feels to do something for another human being, one who you may not have encountered before, one who you may not have understood before.The international trip will be eye-opening for the participants as well. It will be an experience that our kids will share for years to come and have such an impact on the people they visit. I cannot recommend Youthlinc highly enough! It is such a good cause and helps so many people.
Review from Guidestar
My daughter has participated with Youthlinc in many ways for a number of years. She has seen and experienced things that have helped her see the world more clearly, and more importantly, she has more clearly seen her place in that world.
Review from Guidestar
Simply put, Youthlinc is a stellar non-profit organization, and I will attempt to tell you why, though there is not enough space here to mention everything that makes this organization so great.
I was introduced to Youthlinc several months ago when my 15-year old daughter's membership application was accepted and she was asked to join. She is one of the youngest students of Youthlinc this year and will be participating in the service mission trip to Mexico this summer. Within just a few short months, she was warmly welcomed with open arms by Youthlinc, and has gotten to know some wonderful fellow members. She is already having a great humanitarian experience and thoroughly enjoys her local service work at the Real Life refugee center in Salt Lake City. Having observed her sister's experience thus far, my 13-year old daughter is 'waiting in the wings' to apply to Youthlinc as soon as she is eligible.
One of the best things that sets Youthlinc apart from other "youth service organizations" is the fact that there is the requirement for students to commit to completing a minimum number of LOCAL hours of community volunteer work, in order to be eligible to serve at an international site in the summer. The exposure to both local and international community needs is a giant step toward Youthlinc's goal of creating LIFETIME HUMANITARIANS, something that few non-profits accomplish, and that more high school and college students should pursue.
Through my daughter's involvement, I have become very fond of Youthlinc and have also gotten to know some of the Youthlinc staff and students. Because of the heart-felt dedication and clearly established goals of this organization, I decided to become a member of their Annual Benefit Planning Committee. Every person I've met at Youthlinc is nothing short of incredible and commited. It is instantly obvious that they truly love what they do. The Director/Founder, Judy Zone, is a contagious force of enthusiasm and passion, which funnels down to the office staff, the international team leaders, the alumni members, and of course the students and volunteers of this organization. Judy and her small, dedicated staff truly keep this organization performing at top-notch levels and continually aim for success. Having volunteered and worked with various other non-profits, I can tell you that Youthlinc is one of the "smartest", most well-run, well-supported and most dedicated organizations there is, that is committed to bettering both our youth AND the needs of local and international communities. I strongly encourage all high school and college students and their parents to take a much closer look at Youthlinc. You will be very impressed.
Review from Guidestar
Youthlinc provides great humantarian service opportunites for youth and adults. They encourage service in our community as well as in other countries. Humanitarian service trips are available in many parts of the world. This is a great opportunity to mold our youth and to help them develop care and concern for the less fortunate in our world and to give back to others when they are blessed with so much.
Review from Guidestar
Great organization, developing young people to be lifetime humanitarians. My son was involved with Youthlinc, and we are now ardent supporters. He earned his scholarship for a trip to Peru by volunteering with a local organization mentoring elementary hispanic students. He then went to Peru and was involved in construction projects, health education projects and youth mentoring. His Youthlinc experience is an experience he will never forget, and has encouraged him to continue his volunteer work in the community. Currently, he is volunteering at our local hospital, as he is considering a career in the medical field.
There are many groups who travel around the world performing wonderful acts of service to those in need.
What sets Youthlinc apart is the requirement for service on the home front. Being able to build a school in Kenya, or help with sanitation needs in Peru is generally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Becoming service-minded and working to address the needs around you is where a lifetime of change can occur.
Youthlinc works to open the minds of young men and women to the service possibilities all around them. It also encourages these wonderful youth to stretch and grow and see what they can do to truly affect change.
Review from Guidestar
As a mother of 2 students who have participated in this group all I can say is WOW! The experience changed their lives in more ways than I could have ever imagined. The service they offered both locally and internationally touched their hearts and instilled in them a rich desire to continue to serve. More compassion, greater empathy and a love of all mankind was the result of their experience with Youthlinc. Kudos to Judy Zone for a well run organization that empowers kids to get involved.
My son was a participant in the Thailand experience. It was a chance of a lifetime and he learned so much! He was able to go to the land devastsed by the tsunami and help the people and children. This organization helps youth become global citizens who are compassionate future leaders, who will definitely make a difference in this world!
We had two of our daughters go to Africa with Youth Linc. I think the hundred hours of service they were required to give at home was the best thing for them. It helped them feel comfortable giving service. I also think the meetings they attended in advance helped them both learn to love the people of Africa. In fact our oldest daughter is now living in Botswana. I'm not sure how much the short two weeks of service they gave in Kenya really helped the people there, but the experience was a blessing to my girls, and hopefully they will continue to make a difference in the world.