Queens, NY – The Gumbo Coalition University, a virtual mentorship program sponsored by Resorts World New York City, celebrated the Class of 2023 with an in-person class and commencement on Thursday, March 30 at the Hyatt Regency JFK Airport at Resorts World New York. Students heard from Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, and author of “The Gumbo Coalition,” which inspired the creation of the program. Robert DeSalvio, the President of Genting Americas East, also shared a few words and posed for photos with the students.
“Venturing into the job market is a daunting task, especially for college students,” said Michelle Stoddart, Vice President of Community Development, Resorts World New York City. “The interactions they’ve had over the last several weeks with these leaders and the lessons they’ve learned will be instrumental as they set out on their career paths. These are exceptional students and give me great hope for the future.”
The graduates heard from guest lecturers including Patricia Robinson, Chief Administrative Officer of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and Cedric Dew, Executive Director of the Jamaica YMCA.
Upon completion of the program, students received a $500 scholarship.
Resorts World also presented a check for $12,000, which was made possible through Resorts World Gives, its corporate philanthropic program.
About Resorts World New York City
Resorts World New York City (RWNYC) is New York City’s first and only casino-hotel, offering over 10 million guests annually an unparalleled gaming and entertainment experience and generating over $3 billion for the State’s education system since opening in 2011. The opening of the Hyatt Regency JFK Airport at Resorts World New York gave visitors from around the world more ways to enjoy the ultimate play and stay experience. Dining options include Sugar Factory American Brasserie, America’s favorite eatery and celebrity hotspot. There are a variety of non-gaming amenities, as well as entertainment options, allowing guests of all interests and budgets an experience that fits their personal tastes. RWNYC is operated by the Genting Group, a global company founded in 1965, operating destination resorts in Las Vegas, Bimini, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Genting has more than 50 years of experience in the travel and leisure industry and collectively employs approximately 60,000 people while offering an unparalleled resort experience to over 50 million visitors a year worldwide.