Hotel Industry Announces $75,000 Grant To Orlando Community-Based Organizations To Recruit Youth Into Hospitality Career

  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • 03.27.19
The American Hotel and Lodging Association, the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association are partnering with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to host an event at Edgewater High School at 3:00 PM to announce a grant commitment of $75,000 to help Orlando community-based organizations – Second Harvest and After-School All-Stars – recruit individuals to join the growing and dynamic hotel industry.

In Orlando, more than 190,000 young adults are looking for employment. Annually, the Orlando hotel industry has more than 7,600 job openings and nearly 400 positions currently open. Grant funds will connect these youth to employers in the hospitality industry and provide training to help them succeed. 
As a result of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation’s grant commitment, After School All-Stars will be able to expand its after school training program, which will focus on developing job readiness skills to train youth for jobs in the hospitality industry, to at least two additional high schools in the Orlando area. Additionally, Second Harvest will be able to host culinary focused trainings for job seekers.
The event is part of AHLA’s Hospitality is Working campaign, a national awareness effort to showcase career advancement opportunities, community commitment, and economic importance of hotel and lodging businesses to every city and state across America.
This event is open to the press. To ensure attendance at the event, please RSVP to Michelle Morenza ( by March 27 at 5 PM.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Director of Membership Dannette Lynch
Senior Vice President of Resorts at The Walt Disney Company Thomas Mazloum
Florida Regional Executive Director of After-School All-Stars Tyler Chandler
Vice President of Development at Second Harvest Greg Higgerson
AHLA and FRLA’s Orlando Empowering Youth Project Announcement 
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM EST
Edgewater High School, Gym
3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando Fla. 32804

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