Press release: Workforce Partnership Awarded Grant to Support Young Adults Entering Hospitality Jobs

SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Workforce Partnership has been chosen as a recipient of the Hyatt Thrive Community Grant. The funds awarded will be used to host three cohorts of the Career Launch Academy for young adults ages 16–24 who are not working or in school (opportunity youth) and to develop a short video conveying the importance of hiring young adults from a business and talent development perspective.  

Building off the success of the first two cohorts in the Career Launch Academy that took place with the Hyatt’s of San Diego, the grant will help fund three additional cohorts starting in spring 2020. Opportunity youth will receive soft skills training, a behind the scenes look at hospitality functions and assistance with applying to open positions in the hospitality industry.  

“We’re excited to partner again with the Hyatt’s of San Diego and be given the opportunity to build on the model of our first two Career Launch Academy cohorts,” says Peter Callstrom, CEO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership. “This new chapter will provide critical hiring opportunities for the more than 37,000 opportunity youth in San Diego.”  

The grant will also be used to develop a short video aimed at conveying the importance of hiring opportunity youth. Thvideo will be used in conversations with businesses to give brief context about opportunity youth and how businesses can engage with them. The Workforce Partnership sees this as a vital tool in efforts to get more businesses, from a variety of sectorsinvolved in the hiring process and understand the business case for hiring from this motivated, yet underrepresented, population. 

About the San Diego Workforce Partnership 

The Workforce Partnership is the leader for innovative workforce solutions in San Diego County. joint powers authority (JPA) entity and 501c3 nonprofit, the Workforce Partnership funds and delivers programs that enable all job seekers to develop the skills and knowledge needed for in-demand careers. The Workforce Partnership also provides ongoing labor market research on the region’s workforce trends and key industries. Its vision is to ensure that every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment. For more information, visit  workforce.org. 

About Hyatt RiseHY  

Hyatt is about people and opening doors to new opportunities. True to their company’s purpose – they care for people so they can be their best – they have worked with community-based organizations around the world for decades to help young people rise to their full potential. Now, they’re taking a bigger step: With RiseHY, Hyatt hotels are making a commitment to hire 10,000 Opportunity Youth – young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are disconnected from the economy either by not working or not going to school – by 2025.  At Hyatt, they’re in a unique position to be part of the solution because hospitality is an industry where people can truly rise out of entry-level roles and build meaningful, life-long careers. 

Contact: 
Desiree Roughton 
(619) 228-2959 
desiree@workforce.org