Talking Shop with Mayor Willie Brown

Did you know that tourism is San Francisco's largest industry, generating $9 billion annually and supports more than 80,000 jobs?  Want to know more? Then come listen to Mayor Willie Brown, Industry Representatives, and from the Bayview YMCA's youth workforce development program as they talk about the future of hospitality in the Bay Area. Speeches by Mayor Willie Brown and industry experts begin at 5:30pm and will conclude with a question and answer panel moderated by Belva Davis.  


Join Us

Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 5-7:30pm

Location: Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Opening Reception starts at 5pm with light hors d'oeuvres prepared and served by Chef Yaku and our Primed and Prepped students. 

Speeches by Mayor Willie Brown and industry experts begin at 5:30pm and will conclude with a question and answer panel moderated by Belva Davis.  

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Moderator Belva Davis

Award-winning broadcast journalist and author, Belva Davis made history in 1966 when she was hired by San Francisco, California’s Channel 5, KPIX-TV, becoming the first female African American television news reporter on the West Coast. 

In a career spanning half a century, Davis has reported many of the most explosive stories of the era, including Berkeley student protests, the birth of the Black Panthers, the People’s Temple cult that ended in the mass suicides at Jonestown, the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the onset of the AIDS epidemic—and from African, the terrorist attacks that first put Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. 

Mayor Willie Brown

Two-term Mayor of San Francisco, legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, Willie L. Brown, Jr., has been at the center of California politics, government, and civic life for an astonishing four decades.As Mayor of California’s most cosmopolitan city, he refurbished and rebuilt the nation’s busiest transit system, pioneered the use of bond measures to build affordable housing, created a model juvenile justice system, and paved the way for a second campus of the University of California, San Francisco, to serve as the anchor of a new development that will position the City as a center for the burgeoning field of biotechnology.  Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr., Institute on Politics and Public Service, where this acknowledged master of the art of politics shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders.

Primed and Prepped Program

Primed & Prepped provides students with the tools to mitigate employment barriers and hone their leadership skills. Focused on hospitality management and culinary arts, the program is designed to support young men of color, ages 15-19, to develop culinary skills and be placed in internships and jobs!

This program is a gateway to higher education and entry level jobs in the hospitality and culinary arts industry. It prepares students for entry level positions as bus boys, dishwashers, line and prep cooks.
Our students have internships at Intercontinental Hotel, Fairmont Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Sears Fine Food and Lori's Diner.