AHLA and AHLEF are joining with community-based organizations in major cities across the country to offer grants to help attract young people for careers in the hospitality industry.
The Empowering Youth Project recruits young people for entry-level positions, and it nurtures and develops them with training, tools and support that will lead to permanent careers in hospitality. We focus on Opportunity Youth, who are ages 16-24 and out of school and unemployed, but who have the desire and resilience to succeed in the workplace. We will engage with 1,000 Opportunity Youth over the next two years. Each will receive the AHLA Certified Guest Service Professional designation, the highest acknowledgment of guest service for employees in the hospitality industry.
AHLEF and AHLA have committed $500,000 in grants to community-based organizations and kick-started pilot programs in four high-demand cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. To distribute the grants and execute the pilots, AHLA partnered with Grads of Life, the leading national nonprofit specializing in helping employers build talent pipelines for Opportunity Youth. For young adults, it provides pathways to opportunity and success that will lead to lifelong employment. For AHLA members, it will increase access to quality talent for in-demand positions and improve staff retention year after year.
- MAYOR DYER JOINS HOTEL INDUSTRY TO ANNOUNCE $75,000 GRANT TO ORLANDO GROUPS TO TRAIN YOUTH FOR HOSPITALITY CAREERS
- MAYOR RAWLINGS JOINS HOTEL INDUSTRY TO ANNOUNCE GRANT TO DALLAS GROUPS TO TRAIN YOUTH FOR HOSPITALITY CAREERS
- HOTEL INDUSTRY COMMITS $75,000 GRANT FOR LA OPPORTUNITY YOUTH TRAINING
- AHLA JOINS WHITE HOUSE FOR “INVESTING IN AMERICA'S WORKFORCE"
- HOTEL INDUSTRY CELEBRATES $75,000 GRANT FOR WASHINGTON, D.C. OPPORTUNITY YOUTH TRAINING
- $500,000 YOUTH GRANT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO OPEN CAREER PATHWAYS
- AHLA ANNOUNCES BALTIMORE YOUTH GRANT
- HOTEL INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES $75,000 GRANT TO CHICAGO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS