The hotel industry’s global solution to youth unemployment

YCI enables the hotel sector to support local communities whilst building a pipeline of skilled and motivated talent to recruit from.

YCI’s vision is for all young people anywhere in the world to have the same opportunities for education and employment no matter their background.


Mai, YCI Hanoi, Vietnam 2015

Mai* was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam. Needing to provide for her family, she searched high and low for work. Sadly, she fell into the hands of …

Interview: Besa Kaumba, Human Resources Manager, Radisson Blu Lusaka

  YCI Interviews Human Resources Manager at the Radisson Blu Lusaka, Besa Kaumba. Besa and her team launched the first self-managed YCI …

YCI Rio de Janeiro, Brazil launches

“We are very grateful to all involved in the programme, and to the young people. I encourage all

Standing up for survivors of human trafficking

Sunday marks World Day against Trafficking in Persons. YCI's Global Operations Manager, James Murdoch talks about why we

Winners of the YCI Photo Competition announced!

After receiving shots of YCI in action, group photos and the occasional selfie, we are delighted to share the

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Mai, YCI Hanoi, Vietnam 2015

Mai* was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam. Needing to provide for her family, she searched high and low for work. Sadly, she fell into the hands of …

Noemi, YCI Cancun, Mexico 2017

Noemi was born in Cancun, Mexico where she lives with her parents, grandparents and four siblings. She loved school, and …

Guillermo, YCI Mexico City, Mexico 2017

With even fewer young Mexicans in work than before the 2007 economic crisis, Guillermo faced a bleak outlook.

Biswajit, YCI Delhi, India 2015

Unable to keep up with fees, Biswajit left school and decided to find paid work so he could

Thanh’s Story – YCI Hanoi

Born to a farming family in a rural province of Vietnam, Thanh* fell into the hands of traffickers

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In 2005, six Marriott hotels located in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Costa do Sauipe championed the set up of YCI in... → Read More

Costa Rica

YCI was first piloted in San José in 2008 by the Marriott Costa Rica San José and the Real InterContinental Costa Rica. World... → Read More

Dominican Republic

YCI Dominican Republic was launched in the capital Santo Domingo in February 2016 with one participating hotel, the Courtyard Santo Domingo, and SOS... → Read More


In 2007 two Marriott hotels and one IHG property piloted YCI in two Mexican locations, Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta. In 2009 Cancun... → Read More

Puerto Rico

YCI's first programme in Puerto Rico was launched in April 2016 by the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, San Juan Marriott Resort &... → Read More


YCI's first programme in Hungary was piloted by the Budapest Marriott Hotel and partially by the Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Centre... → Read More


YCI operations in Europe first launched in Poland in 2004 with the Sheraton Warsaw piloting the programme. To date, YCI Poland has... → Read More


YCI Romania was launched in 2004 at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, presenting a brilliant training opportunity to young participants with... → Read More


The first group of YCI students in Egypt graduated from a pilot programme at the Marriott Cairo Hotel in 2009, where five... → Read More


YCI Ethiopia was first launched by the Sheraton Addis Ababa in 2005. In nine years of running the programme, the totality of the hotel's graduates have found employment... → Read More


YCI was first launched in Jordan in 2007 when the hotels Marriott, Four Seasons and Sheraton piloted the programme in Amman. Over... → Read More
YCI Students at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel


YCI Kenya launched in 2015, with six students including two survivors of human trafficking receiving training and mentoring at The Norfolk by... → Read More
Opening ceremony in Dakar 2014


YCI Senegal was launched in the capital Dakar in February 2014 with one participating hotel, the Radisson Blu Dakar, and SOS Children's Village... → Read More


YCI Zambia was launched in the capital Lusaka in February 2016 with one participating hotel, the Radisson Blu Lusaka, and SOS Children's... → Read More


The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa wanted to strengthen its links with the local community and decided to set up YCI... → Read More


YCI is currently active in Mumbai (since 2012), Delhi (since 2013), Jaipur (since 2016), Pune (since 2017), and Goa (since 2017). Over... → Read More


YCI Maldives was launched in 2015, with fourteen students having commenced the programme at Soneva Fushi.... → Read More


The YCI model was born in Thailand, where the Youth Career Development Programme (its operating name in the country), was first set... → Read More


YCI in Vietnam was launched in Hanoi in 2010. The Sheraton Hanoi Hotel welcomed nine young participants into the training programme that... → Read More