Information for Parents
Information for Parents
Youthlinc takes the safety of our participants very seriously. To help ensure the health, safety, and overall well-being of our participants we:
Students complete 80 hours of local service. A minimum of 40 hours are completed at a main service site that demonstrates a genuine need whether it is interacting with the elderly, increasing literacy rates, or raising awareness about water conservation.
At the end of each year, our students provide feedback which we use to determine the best places to volunteer. Based on our findings, the best volunteer opportunities consist of hands on service, genuine need, and a positive mentoring experience.
Hours of Local Service in 2019
80 hours can seem like a daunting task. Students can count service hours completed between October 15th to June 1st to complete this goal. If begun in October, this rounds out to be about 2.5 hours a week, making this a completely attainable goal. There are many benefits to having your child participate in local service: college resume building, character building, connections, engage in a rewarding experience, and gaining a sense of purpose.
The Youthlinc Utah Local Service Directory is Utah’s only statewide resource for selecting student-friendly volunteer opportunities. Past Youthlinc Service Year students volunteered with each of the 275+ organizations in the Directory and recommended that Youthlinc add that organization to the Directory. The Directory continues to grow each year through recommendations.
Comparing Youthlinc to
other Humanitarian Groups
Comparing Youthlinc to other humanitarian groups
What are parents
saying about Youthlinc?
What are parents saying about Youthlinc?
“Youthlinc is a youth-oriented service organization with its primary purpose to create life-long humanitarians. The local service the youth engage in is an excellent way to have them connect with their communities. The international experiences are incredibly life-changing. My daughter went to Kenya and Mexico with this group, and it has truly helped her become a global citizen. I love the connection with Rotary as well! Many of my high school students have also been involved, so I have seen many lives changed because of this program! Very well organized!”
Our family first got involved in Youthlinc through our daughter. She wanted to do service in a meaningful way, and wanted to avoid “humanitarian tourism” so prevalent in many organizations. Youthlinc fosters true humanitarian development because it requires that its participants devote a substantial amount of time to local service. The sites where these youth serve are carefully considered to ensure that they meet certain criteria, specifically, that they allow program participants to interact with other people and to make a substantial long-term contribution to a worthy cause. You could say that we are now deeply embedded in Youthlinc. This organization is more than a resume-builder; it is a life-changing endeavor. ~ Mike and Karen Draper
I read a draft of Elliott’s thank you letter to all those who donated to his trip. It choked me up how much his volunteer service meant to him. His trip to Thailand was clearly a life altering experience and one that will solidify his foundation as a person. I don’t think the notion of how fortunate we are in this country really sinks in until you’ve experienced how difficult life can be in other parts of the world. Yet, according to Elliott, the people of Thailand are the happiest and most grateful people in the world. He fell in love with the people of Thailand and the Youthlinc friends he served with. As a parent, I am thankful to Youthlinc for Elliott’s opportunity to serve in Thailand. Elliott now lists his service through YouthLinc as his single greatest and most rewarding achievement. From my perspective, this is true for the development of his character, as well as his education.