For the fourth year, Disney Parks and entertainer Steve Harvey will host a program called Disney’s Dreamers Academy – this year with new collaborator Essence Magazine. The lucky few students chosen are called “Disney’s Dreamers.”
The program is open to U.S. high school students in grades 9 through 12. Thousands apply each year and 100 students are picked by a panel of judges made up of community leaders, educators, celebrities and Disney executives.
The program is designed to do one thing: remind students to dream BIG! Some past Dreamers have experienced enormous tragedies and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. After the program, past Dreamers have gone on to win college scholarships; garner national awards; and even own their own businesses.
Walt Disney World Resort plays host to the 100 Dreamers for four days – this year from March 3 to 6. You can follow the adventures of the Dreamers and the celebrities in live updates that weekend on Twitter using the hash tag #DDA. Or follow them on Facebook at Twitter.com/dreamersacademy.
Disney’s Dreamers Academy is designed so that the teens can be inspired, discover possibilities and prepare for their future. They receive mentoring customized to their individual interests, participate in interactive workshops and seminars focusing on careers and life enrichment – all sprinkled with a little bit of Disney fun and magic!
We hope the academy inspires and fuels the students’ dreams and is a launching pad for their unique and varied passions. You can help us do that! Jump in, watch them on Facebook and Twitter and give the students your support!