As a mom of two teens I understand how important it is to motivate students to excel, inspire them to dream big, and encourage them to work hard in order to help make their dreams today become a reality tomorrow.
That’s why I was more than excited to meet 100 teens from across the country who were doing just that at the 10th Anniversary of the 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE March 9-12. Best of all, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired more than 1,000 teens since program’s inception 10 years ago.
This remarkable group of teen achievers attended a fabulous, fun-filled and educational trip to Walt Disney World Resort to take part in the Dreamers Academy. The students were selected from thousands of applicants who answered a series of essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future.
The kids, who range from high school freshmen to seniors, receive an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they experience once-in-a-lifetime educational and mentoring program designed to inspire them to dream big and discover the world of possibilities that will help them prepare for their future.
Disney refers to these select group of teens as “Dreamers” and offers them an amazing four-day educational adventure to explore their career interests.
One of the most impressive parts of the program is the intentional time spent with each student. The Dreamers get incredible opportunities to be on stage or explore Disney behind the scenes.
That’s where the magic really happens.
Disney turns into a virtual classroom where students can discover their interests and pursue their passions by exploring new career possibilities. That’s because Disney Dreamers Academy allows students to participate in an array hands-on, immersive career-oriented workshops.
Each student is also given important tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills, and networking strategies. Best of all, Dreamers get a chance to develop relationships with other students while gaining valuable insights from Disney experts and accomplished executives and entrepreneurs.
Although the interactive career experience is awesome, another huge benefit for the Dreamers is hearing from awe-inspiring motivational speakers and celebrities, like syndicated television and radio personality Steve Harvey.
The speakers’ participation makes a significant impact on the kids because the presenters share their stories and insights on achieving personal and professional success.
Disney Dreamers Academy provides an excellent learning environment to help young students with their aspirations. It challenges teens, like my daughters, to dream even bigger and truly helps kids move closer to making their goals a reality.
Disclaimer: Walt Disney World sponsored this visit to the Disney Dreamers Academy 2017. The thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information about Disney Dreamers Academy CLICK HERE.