The teens had a chance to participate in innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational and mentoring programs that are meant to inspire and prepare them for the future.
Students who participate in the Disney Dreamers Academy take part in hands-on workshops that are related to career paths from animation to zoology, and they learn skills including communication techniques and networking strategies.
The 2014 Disney Dreams Academy took place March 6-9 at the Walt Disney World Resort. The all-expenses paid trip gives participants a chance to see behind the scenes as the theme parks become their classroom.
“Over the past six years, we have helped 600 Dreamers unlock their potential and get started on their journeys in life,” said Disney Dreamers Academy Executive Champion Tracey D. Powell. “The seventh Disney Dreamers Academy marks another year of continued motivation, education and success. Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Communications share in our vision of enriching lives. Everyone leaves this program inspired to live their best life.”
The students for this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy were selected from nearly 10,000 applications – the most in the history of the program. Applicants were required to answer a set of essay questions about their personal stories and life dreams.