Young Performers International Receives
Scholarship Grant For Local Student
Jessie Land, a student at Redwood High
School, was an untrained singer with good piano skills.
Since joining Young Performers International (YPI) over
a year ago she has blossomed into an extraordinary talent
with a wonderful stage presence and an infectious sparkle
in her delivery.
Young Performers International is a nonprofit children’s
performing arts company which began in 2000 and has now
expanded with classes in three San Francisco Bay Area counties
with almost 250 students. Leela Pratt,
a Belvedere resident, is the Founder and Executive Director
of YPI. The program builds competence, self-confidence,
fulfillment and an open heart in each child.
The Belvedere Community Foundation (BCF) was pleased
to make a scholarship grant of $1100 to Jessie who is a
resident of Tiburon. Her family met the financial need
criteria of YPI. The grant covered training for Jessie
which included weekly classes, four individual coaching
sessions with top Bay Area teachers, and monthly concerts.
She performed for Bread & Roses, at the San Francisco
Public Library, in Justin Herman Plaza and at Yoshi’s
Jessie also performed for Bay Area Grammy Winner Carlos
Santana who said, “This girl is going places!”
At the Annual Meeting and Reception of the Belvedere
Community Foundation in November, 2008, Young Performers
International introduced Jessie Land. The young vocalist,
together with a group of musicians, performed to the delight
of the attendees.
For more information, go to www.youngperformersintl.org or