Service Year applications for students (secondary, college, graduate school) and mentors (adult professionals) are updated in August of each year and deadline for application is generally in mid-October.
Service Year Team and Alum Leader applications are updated each August and the deadline for these applications is generally mid-August. Mentors or students who are alums of the Service Year are preferred for these positions, but application is open to all interested.
Each year, Youthlinc organizes a Friends and Family Service Trip which, unlike our Service Year, includes not only service to one of our international sites, but also a significant tourism component.
Applications for our Young Humanitarian Award program are also accessible here. Utah secondary or undergraduate college students are honored each year with college scholarships in recognition of outstanding service to their communities.
The local service gets you into the spirit of service before you go. In the planning meetings, not only do you organize what you will be doing internationally, you also get to know everyone you'll be going with before you leave. I know a lot of people who do some service and then forget. But with Youthlinc, I learned so much-I could never forget!"
–Porter Illi, Peru 2004
Youthlinc students choose their local service sites, where they can become relied upon volunteers during their Service Year. We require our student participants to do hands-on service with genuinely needy individuals or communities.
Team participants also attend monthly meetings where they prepare for the international experience, and are mentored to take leadership roles in planning the activities in-country while being mentored by team staff.
After fulfilling local service requirements, Youthlinc students take their commitment to another level by participating in a two-week experience in a developing country.
Youthlinc currently has five sites for international service: Cambodia, Kenya, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam and Thailand.
This program has made me realize that you can do service in many ways. You don’t have to go to an international site to help people, you can help people in your own community. It’s also made me realize that no matter what the culture is, we’re all just people trying to do our best and help others. I would say that service is extremely important in character development, relationship building and gaining appreciation for life.
–Amanda Love, Mexico 2008
Frequently Asked Questions
All accepted students (and parents of students under 18) must attend a General Orientation session held in Salt Lake City on the second Saturday in November of each Service Year.
Please mail all documents to 1140 E. Brickyard Rd Suite 76, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 or fax to 801-467-1982. This address and fax number is also on each document. Be sure to obtain the appropriate materials and signatures!
ALL DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED IN YOUR APPLICATION.