About the Local Service Directory

The Youthlinc Utah Local Service Directory is Utah’s only statewide resource for selecting student-friendly volunteer opportunities. This interactive online Directory allows users to find hands-on service opportunities in a positive mentoring atmosphere.
It was built by culminating past Youthlinc Service Year student’s volunteer sites into one location. The 275+ organizations in the Directory are ones that were recommended by students for students. There are volunteer options for every age and in every area. If you want to work with animals, a company, people, a specific demographic, or just want to see what options there are out there, there will be a fit for you. The Directory continues to grow each year through recommendations.
Youthlinc is also a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This means that we are able to give qualifying volunteers a certificate recognizing volunteers for their service on behalf of the office of the President.

Why the Local Service Directory

275+ organizations recommended for students by students
  • Find hands-on volunteer opportunities in a positive mentoring atmosphere
  • Track your hours and verify them with a supervisor
  • Post reviews about your volunteer experience
  • Search by
    • Utah geographic area
    • Kind of service: for example, youth, disability, healthcare oriented, literacy, hunger, etc.
    • Age requirements
  • Youthlinc is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Students who log a minimum of 100 hours on the Local Service Directory qualify to receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

Importance of Hands-On Service

Since Youthlinc’s inception in 1999, over 2,800 Youthlinc Service Year students have contributed more than 225,000 hours of local service throughout Utah. Last year, a total of 237 Youthlinc Service Year students and 69 Alum Leaders contributed 21,663 hours of local service throughout Utah. 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 with people
  • Positive mentoring atmosphere
  • Genuine need
Research shows that when volunteers make an emotional connection, a service ethic takes root within the individual and that is how young people start on the road to becoming lifetime humanitarians.
A volunteer atmosphere that is positive and encouraging creates a space where volunteers feel comfortable to ask questions. Volunteers also feel appreciated and needed by the organization.
All of the organizations in the Directory demonstrate a genuine need whether it is interacting with the elderly, increasing literacy rates, or raising awareness about water conservation.

How to Join

Every year Youthlinc Service Year students volunteer with many of the organizations in the Directory, but it is a great tool for anyone who is looking for volunteer opportunities throughout Utah. Universities, high schools, churches, and other organizations throughout the state are welcome to utilize all of the functions of the Directory to help guide their service efforts and track service hours.
  • Recruit engaged and reliable volunteers
  • Advertise events and volunteer needs on the homepage of the Directory and  Youthlinc’s social media
  • Update agency contact information at any time
  • Allow volunteers to log and verify service hours with a volunteer supervisor
If you would like to join the Directory please contact the Youthlinc Local Service Director, Jamileh Jameson, at jamileh@youthlinc.org or 801-467-4417.