High school students determined to realize their dreams will have an opportunity to develop their vision further if chosen to attend the upcoming Disney Dreamers Academy. The four-day workshop, March 3-6 in 2016, will be hosted by television and radio personality Steve Harvey and Essence Communications at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The 100 students selected will attend classes geared toward assisting them with career goals such as zoology, animation and more. Participants will have the chance to listen to motivational speakers, celebrities, Disney experts and entrepreneurs tell their stories and provide advice on how to achieve big dreams and attain success. The event will teach students leadership and communication skills and networking strategies.
“We’re excited to welcome back Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence for the ninth year,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “This program stands out for its ability to motivate and inspire teens to think big and achieve their dreams. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, high school students from across the country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”
The students, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World for the life-altering experience. Participants will be able to go behind the scenes of where the Disney magic happens and treat the theme parks as their classroom.
“One of my personal commitments is to always give back and particularly to youth,” said Harvey. “We’ve seen 800 students come through the program, and I’m excited to find the next 100. I encourage all high school students to take the time to apply for Disney Dreamers Academy because I truly believe that a young person’s dream is more important than anything.”
Michelle Ebanks, Essence Communications president, is also excited to take part in such a vital program for the youth. “Each year, Essence is honored to seek out the next generation of big dreamers and welcome them to Walt Disney World Resort for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is our privilege to take part in such an empowering youth platform that enables us to impact the leaders of tomorrow,” she said.
Students who are interested in applying for the spectacular opportunity must exemplify someone who is dedicated to transforming their aspirations into a reality. Applicants must be high school students between the ages of 13-19 and write an essay discussing their personal story and dreams for their future.
Applications are being accepted for submission until Oct. 20, 2015. A panel will judge the applications in November and the winners will be announced in December 2015
For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.