Like many Right to Dream graduates, Joshua Yaro's journey to professional football is punctuated with impressive academic achievements alongside a commitment to developing into a strong leader and role model.

Born in Kumasi, Joshua is a former academy captain and led Right to Dream at the 2009 Manchester United Premier Cup and in the 2010 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. After excelling at the academy, Joshua won a scholarship to Cate School in California.

After a distinguished high-school career, Joshua secured a scholarship to Georgetown University in 2013, studying for degrees in both International Relations and Anthropology. Making the Dean's list with a 3.7 grade-point average and after being named Big East Defensive Player of the Season in 2014-15, Joshua has proved himself to be a living, breathing example of Right to Dream's ability to develop well-rounded individuals that excel on and off the pitch.

In January 2016, Joshua was the second pick in the MLS Super Draft and was selected by Philadelphia Union. In his first professional season, he made 17 appearances to help the Union finish sixth in the Eastern conference.

A solid, ball playing centre-half, Joshua is deployed to stop the likes of his fellow Right to Dream graduates Ema Boateng and David Accam in an increasingly competitive MLS division.