Announcing a Mentorship Opportunity for Graduates of IGI’s Young Executive Scholars Program

Students from the inaugural 2019 YES Club meeting

Students from the inaugural 2019 YES Club meeting pictured in UNLV's Lied Library.

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Oct. 7, 2019

Announcing a Mentorship Opportunity for Graduates of IGI’s Young Executive Scholars Program

Las VegasOctober 7, 2019—In 2017, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI), in partnership with local nonprofit Core, powered by the Rogers Foundation, launched the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES). To provide continued support, guidance, and mentorship after YES, IGI’s Shekinah Hoffman and Itzel Alanis launched the YES Club this September.

In the YES Club, YES graduates who are newly-enrolled UNLV students meet on a monthly basis to discuss topics such as: navigating college as a first-generation student, understanding financial aid and FAFSA, and mental health awareness during stressful college years. Another goal of the club is to help students grow the mentorship network they began building more than three years ago.

“The hope of YES 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. But graduating from YES is just the beginning. For continued success, students need access to diverse support systems throughout every chapter of their lives. The YES Club aims to provide just that—a communal space to grow and learn together and access to people and resources on campus that will benefit our students on their collegiate journey,” says Shekinah Hoffman, thought leader behind YES.

In three years, the YES Program has graduated 55 students and awarded $307,500 in college scholarships. Among the first two YES cohorts, 100% of high school seniors enrolled in college, and 15 of these graduates made UNLV their college of choice.

For more information on the YES Program, the YES Club, or on how to get involved, please contact Shekinah Hoffman at shekinah.hoffman@unlv.edu.

Media Inquiries

Nicole Schultz

UNLV International Gaming Institute

702.895.2943

nicole.schultz@unlv.edu

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About Young Executive Scholars

YES is a partnership program between UNLV International Gaming Institute, Core, powered by the Rogers Foundation, and CCSD’s Career and Technical Education Department (CTE). YES provides under-resourced Clark County School District (CCSD) high schoolers the opportunity to learn from the Las Vegas Strip’s top executives about the management and executive-level hospitality career opportunities available to them after college graduation. For more information, please visit www.unlv.edu/igi/yes.

About UNLV International Gaming Institute

For more than 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the global gaming industry. With expertise in areas like gaming and hospitality innovation, regulation and policy, esports, diversity, and responsible gambling, IGI has been called upon to provide its research to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe. In addition to these offerings, IGI proudly emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and community relations through initiatives like the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES) Program and Battle Born Girls Innovate (BBGI), which both give high schoolers a behind-the-scenes look at the career and educational opportunities that the hospitality industry provides. For more information, please visit www.unlv.edu/igi.

About Core

Core, powered by The Rogers Foundation, is an in-and-out-of-school program that focuses on the development and empowerment of Southern Nevada’s under-serviced youth. With a focus on support and growth in the areas of basic needs, academic engagement, community service, character education, cultural enrichment and mentoring, Core’s approach focuses on individualizing programming to fit different needs and aims to break the cycle of poverty, allowing the young people served to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit www.corewecan.org and find us @corewecan.