For the fourth year in a row, Walt Disney World will host Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey; and this year we’re very excited about the addition of Essence Magazine to the event and the name.
Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine is a three-day event at Walt Disney World that plays host to 100 high school students from around the country. The students participate in interactive workshops and seminars, mentoring and inspiration focusing on careers and life enrichment (all sprinkled with Disney fun). The 2011 Academy will feature celebrity panels, sessions with Disney experts and practical training in subjects such as college preparation and creating the right image for potential employers.
The program is designed with three overall goals:
- To remind students to dream BIG! Some of our past Dreamers have gone on to win college scholarships; garner national awards; and even own their own businesses.
- To open students’ minds to possibilities. Students at Disney’s Dreamers Academy learn that there are more jobs in a field like sports than just a professional athlete (e.g. sports medicine, broadcasting, coaching, etc.) or more opportunities in entertainment than just performing (e.g. producing, directing, lighting and set design, art direction).
- To create practical opportunities to give students a glimpse of what their dreams may actually entail. In addition to the main sessions with all 100 Dreamers, the weekend offers small groups – quality time with Disney and celebrity experts from culinary, entertainment, art/animation and business to showcase the day-to-day workings of specific jobs. Students also learn about overall skills such as networking and the art of making a good first impression.
The program is open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States, between the ages of 13 and 19 that will be in the 9th through 12th grade during the 2010-2011 school year at an accredited school located within the 48 contiguous United States or District of Columbia.
October is the last month for nominations, with nomination forms having to be in by Oct. 31, 2010. Anyone can nominate someone they think is deserving of the program and students can even nominate themselves. Information about procedures and the nomination forms can be found at www.DisneysDreamersAcademy.com. The 100 high school students selected will travel to Walt Disney World Resort, near Orlando in central Florida, for Disney’s Dreamers Academy March 3-6, 2011.