Collage of the YES Program members

Modeled after the UNLV IGI and University of Nevada Reno’s renowned Executive Development Program for industry professionals, the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES) is a rigorous four-week summer program of applied learning, team collaboration, and a mentor-guided, case-study analysis of the global hospitality tourism industry. Each summer, rising stars in the Clark County School District (CCSD) discover the managerial and executive-level career opportunities available to them in the industry of their backyard, gain insight into the UNLV college experience, and develop new skills to excel in the classroom today and the workplace tomorrow.

YES is where university, nonprofit, industry, and community come together to build a better future for Las Vegas' under-resourced youth. YES's educational vision brings together the gaming-hospitality expertise of UNLV IGI, the project-based mentoring approach of Core, powered by the Rogers Foundation, and the career-focused model of CCSD's Career & Technical Education Department. Our hope is that through exposure and access to a diverse pool of successful executives and leaders, we will create a strong pipeline of homegrown talent who will become the next generation of Nevada hospitality industry trailblazers.

2020 Participating Title I High Schools: West Preparatory Academy, East Career & Technical Academy, Rancho High School, Canyon Springs High School, and Valley High School.

Thank you to our YES 2020 supporters: Wynn Resorts, William Hill, AGS, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, Global Market Advisors, and RubinBrown.

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What's Happening

A young woman stands overlooking the Las Vegas Strip
Aug. 19, 2020

International Gaming Institute program shows high school students the future careers they can have in hospitality management.

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May. 16, 2019
Students and faculty lead programs to improve lives in Southern Nevada.
A portrait of Shekinah Hoffman with a portion of the Las Vegas skyline, including the High Roller, in the background.
May. 1, 2019

Shekinah Hoffman leads a rigorous program for mentoring youth in under-resourced communities.


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

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Young Executive Scholars (YES) 2018 Highlights

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Young Executive Scholars (YES) Program

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


Shekinah Hoffman

Research & Community Engagement Associate