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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

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our local Rotary Club has been involved for years sponsoring youth in their humanitarian work locally and internationally. We also have two daughters who have been participants. It was a life-changing experience for them. The local work that they do is at least as valuable as the international experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Judy over the years and haveseen the results of this program of creating "life long Humanitarians" I have seen the presentations of the adults and have heard their stories of some of the best experiences of the lives. However, the most exceptional results are realized in the youth.... as they have stated over and over " Youthlinc is truly a life changing experience"

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Youth Linc gives young adults and youth the opportunity to provide local service with a goal to serve internationally. This is a very worthwhile program and my daughter really enjoyed her experience. I recommend all youth look into this opportunity.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard so much about the good projects from YouthLINC. I would like to contibute my services inn health education and perhaps collaborate?

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I think this organization does a fantastic job capturing young people's desire for adventure and turning them into lifelong humanitarians. I also love the link between local service and international service. The integrity of the people involved with Youthlinc is right up there at the top of all organizations I've donated to. I will continue to support Youthlinc!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our Rotary Club in Utah awarded scholarships to high school students in our service area so they could attend Youthlinc activities. We also participated in gathering shoes and other items for their target communities. The most rewarding thing for us was seeing the growth in the students we sent as they reviewed their experiences. This is a remarkable program for everyone involved. Win, Win, Win, straight down the line.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our daughter went to Thailand last year and it was truly a life changing experience for her. She developed a love of service doing her local service to qualify for her scholarship. Then she was greatly moved by the opportunity to help the people of Thailand. She has continued to give service after her return.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

Youthlinc is a fantastic, one-of-a kind volunteer opportunity for young adults to contribute both locally in their communities and internationally in a foreign country. I like how Youthlinc leverages the hours that a student volunteers locally to incentivize them to serve overseas. Our son will never be the same because of his Youthlinc service. Youthlinc builds dynamic and caring future leaders!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has been blessed many times over by our participation in the Youthlinc program. Two of my children, my husband, and my father have all spent time preparing and serving in the Peru program. Our younger children at home helped gather clothing and educational supplies to go in the luggage. We are so grateful for the opportunity Youthlinc has provided for our family to look beyond ourselves to our local and world communities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I really like Youthlincs' philosophy of teaching youth to get involved and volunteer.The long term effects of getting students involved in helping others has long term benefits to both the local and world community. Sort of like teaching a man to fish rather than giving him a fish. This is a very special group.