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Service Year: Local and International

Our Service Year offers local and international service opportunities to students. Youthlinc participants have the opportunity to serve two weeks in one of eight Youthlinc international sites: Fiji, Cambodia, Peru, Kenya, Nepal, Thailand, Jamaica, and Vietnam. To qualify for the international experience, participants must complete 80 hours of local service (40 hours of which must be a main site that provides hands-on service with people) and attend monthly meetings where they are mentored as they take leadership roles both locally and internationally.

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Global Community Leadership: Global Service for University Credit

The Global Community Leadership program (GCL) partners Youthlinc with Utah State University (USU) 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 with upper division credit awarded.

This program invites and inspires participants to ask difficult and probing questions about what it means to be responsible citizens engaging in local and international humanitarian efforts.

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Local Service Directory

Our Online Local Service Directory provides a selective list of organizations and agencies that offer hands-on volunteer opportunities to youth in a positive mentoring atmosphere. These sites have been recommended by Youthlinc Service Year participants. Anyone can use this Directory to search for sites by type of service and areas of Utah. You can also log and verify your hours with your volunteer supervisor.

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Young Humanitarian Award

Though our society recognizes young people for their accomplishments in sports and academics, this college scholarship is an award that celebrates outstanding humanitarian service among youth. The Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award is the only honor of its kind in the State. The top prize is $5,000 with $8,500 in runner-up awards.

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Real Life: Peer to Peer Mentoring

Real Life is a peer mentoring program with a life skills curriculum benefiting both underserved youth, especially refugee and immigrant youth, based in Salt Lake County.  Youthlinc Service Year students and other community volunteers work with students to help them be better prepared for “real life.” Real Life is our flagship local service program in partnership with the Promise South Salt Lake, Asian Association of Utah, and Salt Lake City School District. The curriculum includes social skills, financial literacy, health & hygiene, job/career/college prep, and cultural exchange.

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