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Jobari Yasem Yarbrough


Jobari love’s to sing, write songs, illustrate fashion, and dance. He has loved singing all of his life and as he gets further along he has gotten more and more serious about it.

Jobari attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts for his freshman year in high school. During his time there, he studied classical, spirituals, and many more genres, while also joining the show choir, “Voices in Motion”. From there, he transitioned to Kuumba Preparatory School of the Arts, which is where Jobari is currently studying. He has maintained a 3.15 GPA while at Kuumba and has become the co-director/ choreographer for the Afrobeat dance team. He was vice president of the Student Government and now in his senior year he is the president. All the while, he is under the tutelage of Professor Kelsey E. Colley, who is also the arts director at his school. This year they are going to Nassau, Bahamas for a student exchange program as well.

Jobari is active with the Musicianship Washington Youth Choir, directed by Gregory Watkins. They perform around the D.C area on a daily basis singing all genres of music. He is also taking private vocal lessons from Afi Lydia.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/16/2019: Youth Arts EXPLOSION … Moving Full STEAM Ahead!

The Reston Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the Washington, DC Chapter of The Society Incorporated, co-sponsors a bi-annual “Youth Arts Showcase Explosion … Moving Full STEAM Ahead” event, in collaboration with the Community Initiatives Education Division of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This year, six exceptionally talented African American High School seniors, from the DMV area, will showcase their talents on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium stage. Each competing student will be awarded a scholarship for advancing their education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Also, separate workshops will be held with parents of the students, and with the students to provide guidance on, “Having a Successful College Experience”, and, “Paving the Way to a Successful Performing Career.

March 16 - Jobari Yarbrough