WELCOME TO THE YOUTH CAREER INITIATIVE

EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR WORK AND FOR LIFE

YCI is the hotel industry’s award-winning solution to global youth unemployment.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

Thanh’s Story – YCI Hanoi

Thanh’s Story – YCI Hanoi

Born to a farming family in a rural province of Vietnam, Thanh* fell into the hands of traffickers who promised secure employment. With the support and rehabilitation …

Mayra, YCI Cancun, Mexico 2017

Mayra, YCI Cancun, Mexico 2017

Mayra was one of the first YCI students at Hyatt Ziva Cancun Mexico. From her first interview to the graduation …

Interview: Nitesh Gandhi, General Manager Oberoi Gurgaon

Interview: Nitesh Gandhi, General Manager Oberoi Gurgaon

YCI interviews Nitesh Gandhi, General Manager of the Oberoi Gurgaon. Keep reading to find more about what motivates

VIDEO – the Hyatt Regency Mexico City celebrates 10 years of YCI Mexico!

VIDEO – the Hyatt Regency Mexico City celebrates 10 years of YCI Mexico!

2017 marks the 10th year of YCI Mexico. To celebrate this special occasion, YCI partner hotels have shared

Launch of YCI Zambia 2017

Launch of YCI Zambia 2017

“Of all the CSR initiatives we run at the hotel, YCI is the closest to my heart.” As

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Thanh’s Story – YCI Hanoi

Thanh’s Story – YCI Hanoi

Born to a farming family in a rural province of Vietnam, Thanh* fell into the hands of traffickers who promised secure employment. With the support and rehabilitation …

Mayra, YCI Cancun, Mexico 2017

Mayra, YCI Cancun, Mexico 2017

Mayra was one of the first YCI students at Hyatt Ziva Cancun Mexico. From her first interview to the graduation …

Monty, YCI Delhi 2014

Monty, YCI Delhi 2014

Monty was born and raised in Delhi, where he lives with his parents and siblings. Needing to support

Derrick, YCI Kenya 2015

Derrick, YCI Kenya 2015

Derrick first heard about YCI from SOS Children’s Villages Kenya, YCI's non-profit partner which supported him, his 8

Rahul, YCI Delhi 2014

Rahul, YCI Delhi 2014

Having left school at seventeen, Rahul set his sights on pursuing a career in hospitality. He knew that

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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 was 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 Jordan in 2007 when the hotels Marriott, Four Seasons and Sheraton piloted the programme in Amman. Over... → 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 is currently active in Mumbai (since 2012), Delhi (since 2013), Jaipur (since 2016), Pune (since 2017), and Goa (since 2017). Over... → 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