Y.C.I. (Youth Career Initiative)

Y.C.I. is a fabulous initiative that has been set up to help young people aged 17-24 with career opportunities. Set up by the Marriott, Westin, Hyatt, Sheraton, St. Regis and W Hotels, the program aims to give work experience to people who have had trouble finishing school and finding a job. Y.C.I. started its life in Bangkok as the Youth Career Development Program; a community initiative from Pan Pacific Hotels Group established to “give something back”. Lyndall DeMarco, Corporate Director of Education with Pan Pacific, and Dr. Kitiya Phornsadja, Child Protection Officer for UNICEF Thailand were the pioneers behind the program model, which saw eight girls and one boy from welfare schools in Northern Thailand transform their lives as a result of the program. It was so successful for both the students and the hotel that it was expanded to allow more young people and hotel companies to participate in Bangkok. YCI arrived at Banderas Bay when Marriot International adopted the program and started to invite several resorts. W Hotel and St. Regis decided to get PEACE involved due to their trust in us as they had seen our work within the community.