Welcome everyone to the Youthlinc Family!

We are so happy to report on General Orientation. The halls of the Warnock Engineering building at the U of U were packed with our new 2011 Youthlinc Class. With our largest teams ever we had over 250 students, mentors, and family members come find out what Youthlinc is all about. This is always such a wonderful time for the Youthlinc Staff and team leaders because we finally get to meet the people who are going to make this such a successful service year. All the team leaders have been working so hard to prepare everything and I hope that all of you know how much we appreciate you!

Judy Zone: Youthlinc’s Executive Director
Ellie Nazzal: Local Service Director and Office Manger
Smith Monson: International Service Director

Cambodia Leaders
Britnie Powell and Kyler McGee

Thailand Leaders
Pete Frost and Mckay Mattingly

Kenya Leaders
Scott Bawden and Jerika Michel

Mexico Leaders
Mike & Angie Denison and Tiffani Erikson

Peru Leaders
Jeff and Ramona Daun and Mikaela Ray

General Orientation is an all day event jam packed with information. You get to understand the Youthlinc experience and meet your team who you will be getting to know over the year. Students from all over the state of Utah come together with one goal in mind… SERVICE. Each year Youthlinc students contribute over 12,000 local service hours in their communities. They are able to change lives locally and internationally and really find what it means to be a Humanitarian. I love getting to meet all our new students, they remind me what it means to work hard. They are full of excitement and even thought they know it is going to be a tough year of work can’t wait to get started. I don’t know what it was but this year’s orientation had a awesome feeling. Everything just clicked! We were all able to gather, share stories, and start this year off right.

The service fair was a great time for students to check out service opportunities in their communities, including Youthlinc’s Real Life Refugee Mentoring Program. They were also able to mingle and meet people on their teams.

The mentors had productive meetings with their team leaders and were able to set goals for the year to make their teams be successful.

We are so grateful for the continual support of our past Youthlinc Parents many of whom came to talk to our new parents about the Youthlinc experience and how it has changed their childrens’ lives.

I would like to introduce you all to our 2011 Youthlinc teams.

Thailand 2011 Team

Kenya 2011 Team

Peru 2011 Team

Mexico 2011 Team

Cambodia 2011 Team

I hope you are all as excited for this year as I am. Can’t wait to see what you accomplish together.


Ellie Nazzal

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