Helping young people affected by crisis

This Saturday (19 August) is World Humanitarian Day – a day established by the UN to raise awareness and support for people affected by crises around the world.

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI), a global employability programme run by the International Tourism Partnership, which is part of Business in the Community has provided opportunities for young people from all over the world, many of which have witnessed and lived through humanitarian crisis, resulting in a huge amount of loss and uncertainty in their lives.

Having a job is one of the best ways to create more certainty, which is why the YCI helps to provide these young people with opportunities in the hotel industry. Whilst youth unemployment around the world remains high, the hotel industry is actively seeking enthusiastic new recruits. Established in 1995, it currently operates in 17 countries and has had more than 4,000 graduates complete the programme.

One of these is Ricardo, a student from Haiti, who was forced to flee for safety in 2004 when a coup, as well as natural disasters and cholera epidemic, put his and his family’s lives at risk. After arriving and settling into a new life in Brazil, he applied and secured a place on the YCI programme. Over the following six months he got to see all areas of the hotels operation, learning from industry professionals along the way – he also attended English language classes which proved invaluable. Before he’d even graduated he was offered a job as an apprentice electrician and with his salary, he was able to attend regular English classes and a pre-university course.

Growing up in Haiti made him acutely aware of the world’s humanitarian crises, and he now aspires to address these by working as a diplomat to help build relations between countries. He has since started a BA in International Relations, and he thanks the YCI programme for helping him go some way towards achieving his goals. Read Ricardo’s full story.

If you’re a hotelier or employer, find out how you can be part of YCI  and contacting your local member of the YCI team. Otherwise, support the mission to transform the lives of young people affected by humanitarian crises by donating.