Carlson Announces Funding Commitment for International Tourism Partnership and Youth Career Initiative

YCI grant

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, in partnership with the Carlson Family Foundation, today announced a $100,000 grant to the International Tourism Partnership and the Youth Career Initiative (YCI). The grant is aimed at growing special programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

“This donation by Carlson Family Foundation will be designated to extend the YCI Trafficking in Persons Project to integrate trafficking survivors into existing programs as well supporting operating costs necessary for growth” said Trudy Rautio, president and CEO, Carlson.

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI) is a 24-week education program that empowers disadvantage young people and trains them for their future professional and social life. Young students between 18 and 21 years-old that dropped out of school or lacked the financial means to complete their education or are at-risk of exploitation can be eligible for this program. YCI provide its students with life and work skills that make them employable but most important of all will allow them to make positive life decisions.

This grant will allow to continue to offer life-changing experience to many more young students in the future.

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