WELCOME TO THE YOUTH CAREER INITIATIVE

EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR WORK AND FOR LIFE

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI) is an innovative, high-impact approach to combating global youth unemployment. We work with young people who are unlikely to have a viable route into legitimate employment and improve their situation without external help. We provide our students with transferable life and work skills that make them employable as well as empower them to make career choices and positive life decisions.

YCI NEWS & CASE STUDIES

We’re hiring! Fundraising Manager

We are currently seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as Fundraising Manager. YCI partners with the world’s leading hotel companies and local and global non-profits …

Dalitso, YCI Zambia 2016

Dalitso, YCI Zambia 2016

As a child, Dalitso was orphaned along with his six siblings. After losing their parents, the children lived with their …

The need for YCI in Jordan – a Partnerships Manager’s perspective

The need for YCI in Jordan – a Partnerships Manager’s perspective

61% of the unemployed population of Jordan are aged between 20 and 29. [1] At such high levels,

First ever YCI Zambia students graduate

First ever YCI Zambia students graduate

We are delighted to announce that the first ever cohort of YCI Zambia students have graduated. With seven

We’re hiring! Global Operations Manager

We’re hiring! Global Operations Manager

The YCI team is looking for a Global Operations Manager to implement the team’s growth strategy, which seeks

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Dalitso, YCI Zambia 2016

Dalitso, YCI Zambia 2016

As a child, Dalitso was orphaned along with his six siblings. After losing their parents, the children lived with their grandmother, who took on the responsibility of …

Muhammad, YCI Jordan

Muhammad, YCI Jordan

Muhammad lives in Amman with both of his parents, and upon leaving school after completing his secondary studies, he soon …

YCI Costa Rica graduate: Gregory

YCI Costa Rica graduate: Gregory

YCI Global Partnerships and Operations Manager Scott Robinson: I recently had the great pleasure of attending the Youth

Miguel, YCI Mexico City 2013

Miguel, YCI Mexico City 2013

Miguel before YCI After leaving school, Miguel found himself without any immediate opportunities to find employment, and wanted

Uday, YCI Mumbai, India 2015

Uday, YCI Mumbai, India 2015

Before YCI Born in Siliguri, Darjeeling, Uday is the third of four children and lived with his siblings

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Where we work

 
Brazil

Brazil

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

Costa Rica

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

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
Mexico

Mexico

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

Puerto Rico

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

Hungary

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
Poland

Poland

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

Romania

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

Egypt

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

Ethiopia

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
Jordan

Jordan

YCI was first launched in the Middle East region in 2007 when the hotels Marriott, Four Seasons and Sheraton piloted the programme... → Read More
Kenya

Kenya

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

Senegal

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
Zambia

Zambia

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

Australia

Australia

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

India

YCI India was launched in Mumbai in June 2012 when the Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai, the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, the Hyatt... → Read More
Maldives

Maldives

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

Thailand

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

Vietnam

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