Collage of photos of students in the young executive scholars hospitality and tourism program

Bringing together the educational vision of the International Gaming Institute and CORE, powered by the Rogers Foundation, the Young Executive Scholars (YES) Hospitality & Tourism Program is modeled after the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno’s world-class Executive Development Program and maintains the same level of rigor, industry connectivity, and focus on applied learning and character education.

It’s a place for CORE Scholars to learn, grow, and get inspired through team collaboration, project-based mentoring, and a case-study analysis of the global hospitality industry.

Scholars discover the managerial and executive-level career opportunities available to them in the hospitality, resort, and tourism industries, gain insight into the college experience and develop new skills to excel in the classroom today and the workplace tomorrow.

Thank you to our YES 2018 supporters: Rogers Foundation, Caesars Entertainment, William Hill, ARIA, Simon/The Forum Shops, Wolfgang Puck Companies, and AGS.

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What's Happening

A collage of photos showing a group of 20 students smiling at the camera as well as empty rows of seats in a theatre with a multimedia production on stage.
Jun. 15, 2018

Local students get hands-on experience in the hospitality industry through the Young Executive Scholars program. Bonus: A preview of TEDxUNLV.

students gather around a robot
Oct. 17, 2017

Robot Automation for Dance Hackathon lets the mechanical men with the moves boogie to Michael Jackson.

Students in theater
Aug. 10, 2017

Step into the world of YES, where high school students meet team UNLV through project-based mentoring and a case-study analysis of the top industry right their backyards.

casino skyline during sunset
Jun. 5, 2017

First-of-its-kind Young Executive Scholars experience to enhance pipeline of homegrown hospitality talent in Las Vegas.


In The News

“I learned a lot about Las Vegas through the YES program. I started to see my hometown differently when I really started to look close. Las Vegas is a place that opens up many doors for those who want to learn more. It’s a place that isn’t defined by one thing, but by so many things.”

Jimena Hernandez-Duran, 2017 YES graduate

UNLV Young Executive Scholars (YES) Program

Young Executive Scholars (YES) Program

The Importance of Mentorship

The Importance of Mentorship

Young Executive Scholars (YES) 2018 Highlights

Young Executive Scholars (YES) 2018 Highlights

YES on Channel 8's "What's Cool at School"


Shekinah Hoffman

Special Project Coordinator
Office: SFB 342
Mail Code: 6037
Phone: 702-895-2549