In 2005, six Marriott hotels located in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Costa do Sauipe championed the set up of YCI in Brazil. Over the following years, 14 properties of seven competing hotel companies have become involved in the 24-week programme, which typically starts in April and ends in October each year. Over 450 students have graduated so far.
Currently, training is undertaken at properties operated by leading hotel companies in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro including Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott. Non-profit organisation Rede Cidadã/Conexão coordinates local operations. The NGO develops networks that support youth people in finding employment by focusing on their empowerment, active citizenship, digital inclusion and entrepreneurship.