One hundred teens from across the United States with the potential for greatness and the courage to dream will be tapped for the Dreamers Academy weekend January 17-20, 2008, during the heart of Disney's "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration.
Harvey said Disney's Dreamers Academy "is very important to me because it gets to the heart of what my foundation is all about. It's about the education of our young people who are oftentimes slighted and don't have the chance to be exposed to a variety of job skills and job sets and meet with people in the fields they're interested in. We want to give our young achievers the tools to become overachievers -- to take their dreams stratospheric."
Sessions will include interactive workshops, motivational talks with sports and entertainment celebrities, and discussions led by Disney cast members and executives sharing their blueprint for success. Workshop topics will feature everything from business to architecture/engineering, animation to set design, show production to culinary arts, to learning the business behind sports.
A select panel of judges including Steve Harvey, key African American community leaders and Disney representatives will choose the 100 finalists.
Participants in the program must be enrolled in high school. Disney's Dreamers Academy is designed for students who show promise -- but may need a little motivation -- and share one common trait: the power to dream.
Nomination forms and more information are available at the Disney Dreamers Academy website. Applications will only be accepted September 24th through October 15th.