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  • Film: Yenque is currently in the development of two projects for 2024, a documentary about his work with underserved youth and a film he’s been creating with a cast of young students of his acting/media creation program in the rural areas of Tijuana, Mexico and inner cities of Los Angeles, California.
  • Recognition: The Humanitarian Filmmaker Award is given to an individual giving to those in need through the art of film.  Actor and Activist J.R. Yenque received the inaugural award for his work through the organization he founded Arts for a Better Tomorrow – ABT.   Yenque created ABT to provide social-emotional arts education to youth at Highland Park Continuation High School as well as orphanages and centers in Tijuana, Mexico. Yenque was presented with the HPIFF Humanitarian Award  at the opening night of the festival at the Highland Theater.
  • Causes: In 2014 Arts for a Better Tomorrow – ABT is born! Yenque created this bi-national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission of addressing the social-emotional health of abandoned youth in Tijuana’s orphanages and centers as well as public schools in Los Angeles.  ABT’s program incorporates the transformational and healing powers of the theater and media arts, to effect real change and offer positive paths to the future for at-risk youth.  The program uses the ABT network to connect students on both sides of the border through video messaging teaching empathy while creating an international camaraderie and support system. Video Link:

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Yenque has taken the lead in significant humanitarian and educational projects, in an effort to utilize his recognition in the entertainment industry to the benefit of those in need.

Yenque’s success with students parallels his success on the screen and stage, and he is committed to weaving together his considerable skills and talents as both an actor and humanitarian.


  • “The Yenque Acting Tradition” with Teresa and José Yenque.
    Location: Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096
    Come meet Teresa and Jose Yenque, two generations of award-winning actors who have shared the stage and screen with many of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Their careers have spanned Broadway theatre, Hollywood film/TV, and international and indie productions. Hear their stories of struggle and triumph, view a screening of two of their finest short films (award winners Abuela’s Revolt and Wednesday Afternoon), and dialogue with them about their careers and lives. Presented at The McMahan House at Cal State San Marcos.
    (Map – site #50, just west of the stadium)

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