Manhattan Beach Mayor's Youth CouncilThe Manhattan Beach Mayor’s Youth Council is a city-sponsored professional development program for high school students who live or attend high school in the city of Manhattan Beach.

The mission of MB-MYC is to expose young adults to a variety of careers and professions, and to inspire student to purse their interests. Each monthly workshop focuses on a different career arena and includes guest speakers who share their professional and personal journeys, lend sage advice and share words of wisdom.

Career topics continue to expand and include law, heath and medical, arts and entertainment, architecture, engineering and design, civic & public service, non-profit service, media & news, technology, entrepreneurship & start-up, and more.



Wednesday, Dec 5th, 2018
5:00 – 7:30 pm
MB Police and Fire conference room


Adjacent to the Police Station and where our first workshop was held.

Going into an Apple Store and leaving with a new iPhone brings you many hours of future enjoyment.  But when leaving a restaurant, hotel, cruise, worldwide tour, concert or even Disneyland, the only products you take home are a few souvenirs.  You mainly leave with just memories.  Memories of the overall experiences … and that’s the challenge facing businesses within the hospitality industry.  How to create experiences that people will enjoy, remember and want to repeat.

This workshop features the following two speakers that are passionate about creating great experiences, and have had great successes in doing so:

Our two speakers will be:


Michael Zislis is a serial entrepreneur, restaurateur, hotelier and philanthropist, who has captivated consumers with his wide-ranging portfolio of well-loved and highly successful hotel and restaurant concepts.  He is the owner of the Zislis Group, and has opened numerous businesses including the Manhattan Beach Brewing Company, Rock’N Fish, Rock & Brews, Chingon Kitchen, Buzzrock Brewery, The Strand House and the Shade Hotels which have received many accolades from Condé Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor. 

His greatest passion lies in his philanthropic endeavors where he helps raise significant funds and awareness for health, education and environmental causes.  To that end, he serves on the foundation board of Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and is an active supporter of Walk with Sally, Growing Great, and several education foundations.  “Success means nothing if it is not shared with others who are less fortunate,” says Michael.  “I am grateful that my successes have afforded me the opportunity to do so.”


Greg Hozinsky is the VP of Culinary Operations for Zislis Group & Chef Partner of The Strand House in Manhattan Beach.  He is known for his warm / approachable style of cooking and putting an interesting spin on familiar flavors. Recognized in 2013 as one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30”, Greg has also been recognized by many other publications including Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Weekly, Time Out LA, Food Republic and more.  Per Chef Greg, “Cooking to me is about making memories. At the end of the day it’s about creating a memory and experience!”

2018-2019 Workshops and Events


Sept. 5 Wednesday New Student Orientation Workshop
Oct. 3 Wednesday Innovative Systems & Technology
Nov. 7 Wednesday Digital Media & Marketing Workshop
Dec. 5 Wednesday Hospitality
Jan. 16 Wednesday Law & Legal Workshop
Feb. 6 Wednesday Entrepreneurial Workshop
March 6 Wednesday Medicine
April 17 Wednesday Mock City Council & Government

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The Mayor’s Youth Council Mission:

  • Engage students with leaders in private, public and philanthropic career arenas;
  • Share the wisdom, ways and diversity of leadership;
  • Stimulate and feed curiosity and creativity; and
  • Cultivate interest in civic stewardship.

View previous sessions’ topics and select materials
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