Youthlinc - a Utah based nonprofit for Utah youth - has a mission of creating lifetime humanitarians through local & international service.
EACH $25 DONATION ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN A FREE TRIP TO GUATAMALA JUNE 16-30, 2013 WITH OUR SERVICE YEAR TEAM or receive $1,000 off the cost of any other 2013 Service Year trip. Click links below for trip dates & info.
I have learned to an even greater extent how much I enjoy serving others. It feels so good to look at the finished construction projects, the piles of medical and education supplies, and the kids smiling faces. We worked SO hard and it was totally worth it. – Emma Stephens, Park City H.S. multiple Service Year participant.
Emma's sentiments reflect the mission & purpose of Youthlinc: inspiring young people to help others through leadership opportunities where they understand their power to make a difference, locally & internationally.
We accomplish our mission through four core programs:
The Service Year offers local and international service opportunities to students. Enrolled students have the opportunity to serve two weeks in one of six Youthlinc international program sites in Cambodia, Kenya, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam and Thailand.
However, to qualify for the international experience, participants must volunteer locally 60-100 hours during their Service Year, and attend a monthly meeting where they are mentored to take leadership roles in international service activities.
For these commitments, each student earns a sponsorship that covers a portion of their international service trip costs. Professionals serve as mentors in our Service Year program.
The Youthlinc Utah Local Service Directory provides a selective list of organizations and agencies that offer hands-on volunteer opportunities in a positive mentoring atmosphere. These sites have been recommended by Youthlinc Service Year participants. The Directory is online, interactive, and available to all.
Though our society recognizes young people for their accomplishments in sports & academics, the Annual Young Humanitarian Award offers a $5,000 college scholarship foroutstanding humanitarian service among youth. There are also three $1,000 runner-up awards annually.
Real Life in Salt Lake City (RLSLC) is an afterschool life skills education & mentoring program that partners Youthlinc
with the Hser Ner Moo Community Welcome Center located in South Salt Lake. Youthlinc and Hser Ner Moo aim to help the teenage refugee population in Salt Lake become more comfortable and confident in their new community.
RLSLC meets 3 afternoons a week, November -May, serving over 60 teenage refugee students & providing over 60 Utah students with mentorship experiences. The curriculum includes life skills, financial literacy, art expression, as well as plenty of opportunity for social & cross-cultural engagement.