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

Modeled after UNLV IGI and University of Nevada Reno’s renowned Executive Development Program for industry professionals, the Young Executive Scholars (YES) Hospitality & Tourism Program 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, twenty-five 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.

2019 participating high schools: West Preparatory Academy, Canyon Springs High School, East Career & Technical Academy, and Mission High School.

Thank you to our YES 2019 supporters: Caesars Entertainment, Caesars Foundation, William Hill, and the Rogers Foundation

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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