In 2002, Youth Utilizing Power and Praise Organization originated from the fellowship of two young people who were seeking additional platforms to share and grow in their performing arts past the boundaries of culture and their religious affiliations.
Theophilus Booker and Shelene Huey-Booker have dedicated their lives to reaching youth and adolescents who are suffering from loneliness, identity struggles and finding a sense of belonging. Within this group lie some of the most gifted persons anyone could ever meet.
YUPPORGis a 501c3 non-profit organization that serves children and youth in the areas of performing and fine arts, public speaking, and sports.
Annual Holiday outreach in partnership with family giving tree and Toys for Tots which provides gifts for persons during Christmas. To date, over 2000 persons have been helped.
Joyful Noise Bay Area Youth Choir (formerly known as Joyful Noise Bay Area Children’s Choir) was established. Recorded professional cd, “There is Hope”. Concert attendees of over 500.
Y.U.P.P. org’s Joyful Noise Bay Area Youth Choir partnered with M.I.M.E.S. and Generations of Drama to present an original production entitled “Project Great Commission.” Performances brought in over 500 persons. Attendees included prolific educator, Terry Dodds of Canada, Pastor Eddie and Lady Teresa Parker of International “Word Church” ministries of Columbus, OH, staff of Family Giving Tree Organization and many more.
“Dare to be Different” production honored community heroes Pastor PT Mammen of International Christian Center, Pastor Paul Bains of Project WeHope, Jennifer Cullenbine of Family Giving Tree Organization, Pastor Claudell Huey of New Mission Church and many more. Performances over 600 persons.
Greater Than Summer Performing Arts program, Launching of the Live out Love Program combating suicide and depression in youth and young adults.
Breaking the Barriers Album, Release
Breaking the Barriers Volume 2: Release Me Album Release.
- Joyful Noise Bay Area Youth Choir had annual productions drawing crowds of over 200 persons per showing. (their productions brought Santa Clara County city officials, educators, musicians, and professionals from the arts from around the nation)
- Attended the LAMP program in Los Angeles, with members of the grammy awards camp for youth.