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Madi Sudweeks

Real Life Intern, Mill Creek Elementary School

“I am a Senior at the University of Utah double majoring in history and social work. I fell in love with Youthlinc and the Real Life Program three years ago. I was on the Cambodia team as a student and did my main service site hours at Real Life. Volunteering at Real Life opened my eyes to a new part of the community that I had never been exposed to.  It instilled in me a true love for service and my community.  After working as an intern for three years, I knew I had to come back! I cannot wait to be even more involved in the amazing program that exposes students to new experiences and really creates lifetime humanitarians. I studied in Spain for a semester in the Fall and fell in love with the Spanish language and culture. I love to use my Spanish language skills to help some of our students and see them grow.

Some of my hobbies include reading, running, and spending time outdoors.   I am so excited for this upcoming service year, and I cannot wait to help teens in our community experience for themselves what a great opportunity volunteering at Real Life is!”

Brooke Boyd

Real Life Intern, Sunnyvale

“I’m a grad student at the University of Utah in the Masters of Social Work program. I got my undergrad at Utah State University.

I first got involved with Youthlinc when I went to Guatemala in 2012. Since then I have served as an alum leader three times.  Twice to Peru and once to Cambodia. I was lucky enough to have my Mom (Shelly) and my Dad as my team leaders with every trip I went on.

I enjoy hanging out with my husband and dog, Auggie.  When we have free time we love to get outside to go hiking, camping or hammocking. My husband and I also enjoy playing pickleball.”

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Kathy Tran

Real Life Intern, Utah International Charter School

“I am a student at the University of Utah pursuing a major in Biology and minor in Spanish. In the future, I aim to follow my passions within the healthcare field and to continue creating lifelong experiences through my involvement within my community!

In my free time, I love setting up my hammock in the peaceful canyon and appreciating my surroundings. My lifelong dream is to set up an exotic fruit shack in Hawaii when I am retired, and to ponder upon my influences/experiences within the world.

I am excited for the future with Real Life and I hope to make lifelong memories through this wonderful organization!”

Rian Trombetti

Real Life Intern, Historic Scott School

“I am a sophomore at the University of Utah, I am currently studying English Education and hope to be a high school English teacher one day. I first got involved with Real Life my junior year of high school in preparation for my trip to Kenya with Youthlinc! I fell in love with it and came back a second year. I have now been an alum leader for Peru and am so excited to be going on my third trip with Youthlinc next summer, and have the opportunity to be a Real Life Intern.

Outside of Youthlinc and Real Life, I am a part of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the U.  I love football games, and spending time with friends. I cannot wait to start this next adventure!”

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Hay Soe

Real Life Intern, West High 

“I am a student at the University of Utah pursuing honors degrees in Philosophy and Entrepreneurship.

As a refugee, I understand the adversities that come from adjusting to a new culture, being the odd one, and usually the first to pioneer into the daunting frontier. Having people who are willing to take your hand and walk you through the journey makes all the difference in the world. My family and I have been greatly blessed by the efforts of the International Rescue Committee, Catholic Community Services, the United Nations, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I understand how impactful compassion and service are and the Real Life Program is an incredible opportunity for me to serve and give back to the community that has given me so much.

I love reading, writing, calligraphy, poetry, learning, listening to stories, camping, scouting, playing soccer, and fantasizing about world peace.”

Cali Bittinger

Real Life Intern, Kearns St. Ann

“I am a fourth year student at The University of Utah studying social work. I just finished a year long study abroad in the Netherlands where I primarily took classes on gender studies. I first became involved with Real Life when I went to Thailand and volunteered at The Historic Scott School. I then went on the first Madagascar trip as an alumni leader. I am almost always in the middle of a book. My favorites of all time are ‘A Long Way Gone’ and ‘The Liar’s Club.'”

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Josh McGahan

Real Life Intern, Evergreen Jr. High School

“I am a third year student at the University of Utah studying materials science. This is my first  opportunity to work with Youthlinc and I couldn’t be more excited. Throughout high school and into college I was heavily involved in student government where I found a passion for bringing people together. Relationships are so important and everyone needs people on their side to inspire and support them along the way. Being part of a group helps us to find our identity and make positive memories as we work together toward a common goal. I lead a pretty active life; I love to play sports, especially basketball, and to spend time exploring the outdoors.

Growing up I have been lucky enough to spend a lot of my summers in Mexico and last year I returned home from a two year mission in Northern Chile where I was able to meet so many wonderful people from all over South America and get a taste of their amazing culture. I hope that going forward I will have the opportunity to travel to more incredible places throughout the world.”

Allie Baxter

Real Life Intern, Cottonwood High School

I am a student at SLCC, pursing a career in nonprofit management and service-learning. I first got involved with Youthlinc when I went to Nepal in 2014. I fell in love with Youthlinc and am forever changed by the relationships I have made through this organization. In addition, I have served as an Alum Leader and Assistant Team Leader in Kenya & Thailand and have been fortunate enough to stay involved ever since.

Service has become such an integral part of who I am and my happiness and I am so grateful to Youthlinc for playing a role in this and I am so excited for this new chapter, Real Life.”

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Easton Bearnson

Real Life Intern, Olympus High School

“I’m a freshman at the University of Utah studying business, planning on applying to the med school here. I first crossed paths with Youthlinc and Real Life in 2017 when I was able to participate in the Youthlinc service year and go to Cambodia. It was life changing! Serving others is a huge part of who I am and I’m stoked about the opportunity to serve others with Real Life and another Youthlinc trip, this time to Peru!

I recently returned from a 2 year mission in Indiana where I had the opportunity to serve others every day. I’m excited for the opportunity to use the things I learned there.”

Michelle Moynihan

Real Life Intern, Hser Ner Moo

“My name is Michelle Moynihan and I have been involved with Youthlinc and Real Life since 2010!! I’ve been to Guatemala, Peru, and Thailand with Youthlinc and I love their mission of creating lifetime humanitarians.

I am currently a theology teacher at Juan Diego Catholic High School, and I am passionate about the success and flourishing of all students! I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Utah and a Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame.

I love school, Harry Potter, coffee, traveling, Mother Teresa, and dancing. I can’t wait to be back working with Real Life!”

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Megan Bianucci

Real Life Intern, Roosevelt Elementary

“My name is Megan Bianucci. I am currently in the undergrad program at Westminster College and although that is great I would much rather be running barefoot somewhere across the world! Youthlinc introduces me so service internationally and locally. It is an incredible program that I went to Cambodia with in 2017. I served locally with Real Life and I can truly say I have not been the same person since. Real Life is incredible with the impact and genuine love it has for the community it is invested in and I am so beyond excited to be a part of it.

I love service and meeting new people. My interest include reading, running and of course traveling! This is an incredible opportunity for anyone that gets to work with Real Life!”

Mimi Reeder

Real Life Intern, Highland High School

“I am so excited to be a Real Life Intern! I met so many friends volunteering through Real Life so it will be fun to work with them again this year. I got involved with Youthlinc last year when I went to Kenya, and this year I am lucky to enough to travel to Peru and be an Assistant Team Leader! Outside of Youthlinc, I dance with the Children’s Dance Theatre and Tipping Point Dance Company. If I am not working, dancing, or doing Real Life, you will find me outside skiing, hiking, backpacking, climbing, or doing anything in the great outdoors! Since service is a big part of my life, I am so beyond grateful for everything Real Life has brought me and can’t wait to make more memories this year.”

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