Justin PowellExecutive Director
Justin has been involved with Youthlinc since 2008 when he joined the Thailand team as a mentor. Since then, he has been on a total of 12 Youthlinc trips, including a multi-time team leader, to Cambodia, Vietnam, Peru, Kenya, Fiji, and Madagascar. He has lived abroad for several years, including Australia, South Korea, Egypt, and Vietnam.
Justin was selected by the Board or Directors to become Executive Director in 2016 when our Founder, Judy Zone, retired after 17 years. Before becoming the Executive Director, he was Real Life Director and International Service Director.
Locally, he has volunteered with refugee and under-served youth and adults and formed a civic engagement club in the Salt Lake City School District. Prior to working at Youthlinc, Justin was a high school teacher in English, history, and business. He taught at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education and at West High School. He has an International Business degree from Westminster College, an English degree from the University of Utah, and a Master’s of Teaching degree from Westminster College.
Justin’s wife, Britnie, has been a part of Youthlinc since it was founded in 1999 . Justin’s son and twin daughters are the youngest Youthlincers on record going on a combined 7 trips already. Service is a priority for their family.
Shelly BurninghamReal Life Director
Shelly has been involved with Youthlinc since 2011 when she joined the Kenya team as an education mentor. It was a magical experience. She immediately became a dedicated volunteer because she strongly believes in Youthlinc’s mission to create lifetime humanitarians. Since then, she has served as a team leader to Guatemala, Peru, Nepal and Cambodia.
Shelly says that the biggest draw to Youthlinc is the opportunity participants have to serve both locally and internationally. Shelly is excited to work as the Real Life Director because she can continue fostering the value of local service. Real Life is a peer mentoring program with a life skills curriculum befitting refugees and under-served youth in the Salt Lake area.
Shelly has a degree in Family History Studies from Brigham Young University and a Paralegal Studies degree from Mountianwest College of Business. She worked six years as a certified Paralegal and ten years as an Elementary Teacher in the Davis County School District.
Shelly is the mother of three children and a grandmother of six adorable grandchildren. Her greatest joy comes from her husband and family. Her second greatest passion is service and Shelly delights in helping our youth value and incorporate service in their lives.
Real Life Director
Jackie was involved with Youthlinc for several years as a Real Life peer mentor and Annual Benefit volunteer before she participated in her first Service Year in 2017. Shortly after her trip to Peru that summer, she joined the Youthlinc team. In 2018, she had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia with the Global Community Leadership team from Blanding, Utah, and she is currently a mentor on the 2019 Kenya team.
Service has always been an important part of Jackie’s life. She grew up working with many elderly, homeless, Native American, low-income, and refugee populations in Utah and in neighboring states. She loves Youthlinc’s mission- to create lifetime humanitarians- and its focus on both local and international service.
Jackie graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She served as an intern for the Utah State Senate during the 2015 Legislative Session, and moved into a grant coordinating position in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for the following two years. In her free time, Jackie enjoys anything outside-especially if it involves the mountains. She thinks Utah is a pretty amazing place to live, and feels so lucky to have grown up here. That being said, she absolutely loves to travel and experience new cultures, people, and places. You can always count on her to have some sort of adventure planned for the future.
International Service Director
Jordan has been involved in Youthlinc since 2013. Since then she has been involved in 6 Youthlinc Trips. She started as a student going to Kenya in 2013 and since then hasn’t been able to walk away from Youthlinc. She has been apart of service years to Kenya, Guatemala, Cambodia, Thailand, and Nepal and can’t wait to keep adding more in the future. One of her favorite things about Youthlinc is their commitment to work with and follow up with communities to find their needs and wants. We really listed and do our best to meet their expectations. Jordan is thrilled to continue to develop and grow the partnerships we have around the World as ISD.
Service has embedded itself in her life both Locally and Internationally. She has always had amazing examples of service in her family and was raised to watch for a need to act. Youthlinc opened so many doors to other service opportunities and now she gets to be involved in even more with friends and family. It has continually taught her about not only herself but about the world around her. Jordan’s favorite part of the service year is the relationship you can build with those you are working with both on your team and in the communities we serve. She believes that service brings people together and celebrates differences and change. The best way to see the world is to work hard side by side with the people of it to make it a little better.
Out of the office you will probably catch Jordan either outside with her dog, Georgia, or gathered around a table playing board games with Friends and Family.
Global Community Leadership (GCL) Director
Ryan’s involvement with Youthlinc began in 2014 and since then he has participated in various roles on four Youthlinc trips in Kenya, Peru, Cambodia, and Guatemala. Ryan is ecstatic to serve as the director of Global Community Leadership and explore where the program can continue to grow. He is a strong believer in applying an international lens to higher education and learning how to make an impact in a fast-changing world.
In 2018 he graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Outdoor Product Design & Development with a dual minor in Marketing and Sustainability. At Utah State he served as a University Ambassador and was involved in local and statewide recruitment and community involvement. Before graduation he also worked as a technical designer and developer for Altra running. After graduation he accepted a role in product merchandising and development at Columbia Sportswear in Portland, Oregon.
Out of the office you will find him hiking, camping, reading, cooking, designing, taking pictures, or going to a concert.
Capital Campaign Project Manager
Shannon’s involvement with Youthlinc began in 2015 as a parent of a Youthlinc student. Watching the growth and development in her own daughter ignited the dedication she has for Youthlinc and it’s mission. She has since watched a similar passian for service grow in hundreds of students as the Local Service Director as well as in two more of her own children.
Service as a way of life is something she is passionate about and finding an organization that shares these same beliefs has been important to her. Shannon believes what sets Youthlinc apart from other organizations is its local service component. She believes that local service is where lifetime humanitarians are born.
She is excited to help support Youthlinc continue to foster lifetime humanitarians in the next phase of development as the Capital Campaign Project Manager.
Shannon graduated from the University of Utah in and received her MBA in 2013. She is a lifelong learner and continues to explore new ways she can learn and grow in her life.
All her life, Taylor has been passionate about serving those around her. In the past, she has had the opportunity to volunteer with Kids Crew at Intermountain Healthcare, Horizonte School for English Learners, the Salt Lake City Women’s Shelter, the University of Utah LEAP program, and the Bennion Center. She began her involvement with Youthlinc in 2015, where she was a student on the Kenya team. She has also been an Assistant Team Leader (2016), Real Life Assistant Director and Intern (2017), Benefit Volunteer (2016, 2017, 2018), and Young Humanitarian Award Finalist (2018). She loves Youthlinc and all that it does for so many people, and is extremely excited about her new position as the Operations Manager.
Taylor loves every aspect of what Youthlinc does and has had her hand in as many of the programs possible. She loves Youthlinc’s mission and owes her love for service and her efforts towards being a Lifetime Humanitarian to Youthlinc.
Taylor is passionate about her education and is currently attending the University of Utah, where she is working towards her Bachelors Degrees in Health Communication and Business Administration. She hopes to one day earn her Masters, and maybe even her Doctorate.
Assistant Marketing Director
Brayden’s involvement with Youthlinc started as a student on the 2015 Cambodia team. He loved his experience so much that he has stayed involved as a benefit volunteer (2016-2019), an ATL in Cambodia (2017), an Alum in Peru (2018), Real Life Assistant Director and Intern (2019) and working as the Service Intern where he spent 2 months in Fiji helping coordinate 3 Youthlinc teams (2019). He is excited for his new position and looks forward to growing with Youthlinc.
Brayden feels that Youthlinc’s commitment to local service is what sets them apart. “There is such a heavy on service locally in addition to the work they do internationally. It really shows that you can have an impact no matter where you are and is the reason I have continued to be a part of the organization in any way that I can.”
Brayden is currently attending the University of Utah, where he is a part of the Business Scholars Program. He is working towards his Bachelors Degree in Marketing and looks forward to being able to apply what he has learned in school to his career.
When he is not in the office, chances are you can find him in the mountains somewhere. He enjoys doing anything that gets him outside including: rock climbing, trail running, fishing, camping, and photography!