Hyatt’s RiseHY Initiative surpasses 5,700 opportunities, paving the way for youth in hospitality careers


Since its inception in 2018, Hyatt’s groundbreaking RiseHY initiative has been making significant strides in providing sustainable career paths for young individuals in the hospitality sector. With a goal of welcoming 10,000 Opportunity Youth by 2025, the program has already integrated over 5,700 participants into the Hyatt workforce across 65 countries.

In a global context where youth unemployment rates stand at a staggering 23%, Hyatt’s commitment to investing in marginalized communities is a beacon of hope. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the RiseHY initiative continues to thrive, offering economic opportunities and career stability to thousands of young people worldwide.

Malaika Myers, Chief Human Resources Officer at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, underscores the program’s impact, stating, “The RiseHY program helps thousands of young people around the world find fulfilling careers in hospitality, creating economic opportunities while addressing industry staffing challenges.”

The RiseHY program goes beyond mere employment, focusing on skill development and career advancement opportunities to ensure long-term success in the hospitality industry. Impressively, 40% of RiseHY participants have maintained their positions at Hyatt, demonstrating the program’s effectiveness in combating high turnover rates prevalent in the industry.

Peggy Focheux Duval, RiseHY Program Manager at Hyatt, highlights the program’s role in nurturing talent, stating, “Through RiseHY, Hyatt offers youth the opportunity to learn necessary skills so they can advance professionally in the hospitality industry.”

The initiative also fosters mobility within the industry, with over 850 RiseHYers transitioning to new roles or receiving promotions since 2018. Anastasiya’s journey from a waitress to a sales manager at Hyatt Regency Tashkent exemplifies the program’s transformative impact on individuals’ careers.

Through partnerships with community organizations and financial support from the Hyatt Community Grant Program, RiseHY enhances opportunities for vocational training and career placement services. Success stories like Risma’s transition from agricultural work to a Commis Chef position at Hyatt Regency Bali showcase the program’s ability to change lives.

As Hyatt continues to expand globally, the RiseHY initiative opens doors for more Opportunity Youth, offering them pathways to success in the hospitality industry. Innovative tools such as virtual reality and digital skill-matching, coupled with mentorship programs, ensure that RiseHY participants are equipped for future leadership roles in hospitality.


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