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

Interview: Rosane Lucas, Winner of J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence

Interview: Rosane Lucas, Winner of J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence

YCI's Devika Jina interviews Rosane Lucas, Head of Concierge at participating hotel, JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro, and recent winner of the J. Willard Marriott Award of …

The Need for Youth Skills Development – Marking World Youth Skills Day

The Need for Youth Skills Development – Marking World Youth Skills Day

15th July will mark the third World Youth Skills Day, launched to recognise the need for young people across the …

YCI Longlisted in the Responsible Tourism Awards

YCI Longlisted in the Responsible Tourism Awards

Following fast on the heels of our Tourism for Tomorrow win, we’re delighted to announce that YCI, ITP’s

YCI Brazil 2016 launches

YCI Brazil 2016 launches

We are delighted to announce the launch of YCI Brazil 2016, with a total of 60 students commencing

Youth Employment in Tourism and Hospitality

Youth Employment in Tourism and Hospitality

Andreas Walmsley, Senior Lecturer in Hospitality, Events and Tourism at the Plymouth School of Tourism & Hospitality, and

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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 and parents. Only his father earned an income, with …

Renato, YCI Sao Paulo 2013

Renato, YCI Sao Paulo 2013

Renato before YCI When Renato was 18 years old, he heard about YCI from two friends who had recently applied …

Priya* – YCI Mumbai 2014

Priya* was the first survivor of human trafficking to successfully complete YCI in India. She has since gone

Daniel, YCI Budapest 2015

Daniel, YCI Budapest 2015

How Daniel heard about YCI Having completed his secondary education, Daniel had tried looking for work but quickly

Martin, YCI Mexico City 2015

Martin, YCI Mexico City 2015

As a teenager, Martin was trafficked and forced to work as a manual labourer. After escaping from his

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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 with... → 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 simultaneously: Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta. In 2009... → 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