Kobi Jason Dennis was born and raised in the South Side of Providence, RI. After graduating high school, Kobi joined the United States Navy. He spent his time there, living on the water, traveling the seven seas, and visiting numerous countries he could only dream of visiting. During his time in the military, Kobi earned many medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons before being honorably discharged. In 1993 he decided he wanted to see more as a civilian. It was during this time, of his path towards self-discovery and personal travel, that Kobi began realizing
He was the change he wanted so desperately to see in the world
After arriving to this conclusion, he made attempts to pursue college. Kobi’s introductory years at the Community College of Rhode Island in Providence and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH., never fulfilled his true educational goals or passion. He then went on to spend years at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island, strictly to satisfy the expectations of his family and societal norms.
At RIC, he majored in Elementary Education and at URI, Human Development, and Family Studies. His passion for helping others grew along with his time spent in the classroom away from the community and his family.
During the Summer of 2010 Kobi decided to withdraw from college and pursue his dreams of becoming a “Community Leader”. Often referred to as the “Community Guy” Kobi has extensive passion and expertise in advocating and addressing issues pertaining to the urban community. Focused on creating his own legacy of community advocacy through helping and caring for others full time without compensation.
Over the years he has actively allowed his actions to speak louder than the words on any paper.
For over a decade, Kobi has been married to Tanisha Dennis, the woman of his dreams, who is currently employed as a Teaching Partner and Afterschool Care Provider at Paul Cuffee Elementary School in Providence. Kobi and Tanisha have three amazing children together. They began dating in 2000 and were married in 2006 in a beautiful ceremony at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, RI. Their eldest child is Vaughn, who is currently studying Psychology in his third year at the University of RI. Their eldest daughter is Kobii, who is starting her Freshman year at the Lincoln School for Girls. Their youngest daughter is Saige, who is studying at Lillian Feinstein at Sackett Street school in Providence. With their collective involvement in the community, together as a family, they make a talented team.
In 2009, in partnership with state and local law enforcement, community members and local businesses, he founded Project: Night Vision a voluntary after school service program providing care and services for children between 12 and 18 years old during the early evening hours. Project: Night Vision has serviced over 5,500 youth for free.
In 2011, in partnership with the Rhode Island State Police, Kobi co-launched the “Building Bridges” Initiative to help improve police and community relations. Kobi relaunched the RI Midnight Basketball League as a vehicle to provide athletic alternatives to inner city adult men during the city’s most critical times, at night.
In 2015, Kobi founded Unified Solutions, a community based nonprofit collaborative focused on providing empowerment programs lead by the community. Within one year, Unified Solutions had lead over 25 events and/or programs that have reached thousands in R.I. The number of youth served with Unified Solutions programs and Project: Night Vision combined is well over 10,000 within the last 6 years. This was achieved 95% grant free and 100% staffed by volunteers.
In his “spare time” Kobi facilitates anti-bullying and violence prevention training as a consultant with the Partnership to Address Violence through Education and often speaks and conducts trainings on assorted topics. To date Kobi is the Director of the “Princes 2 Kings”, a Minority Youth Mentorship Initiative. A federally funded grant issued through the RI Department of Health in collaboration with state and local law enforcement, Roger Williams University, Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence and Providence Public School Department.
Kobi has been honored with multiple service awards for efforts in the community including: The Providence Monthly’s 10 People to Watch in 2012, The Jefferson Award, The RI State Police Colonel Chaffee Award, Lifespan Community Service Award, The Harriet Tillman Award, NAACP Community Service Award and City of Providence Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame Award, just a few of the awards and honors received.