Thursday, October 21, 2010

Calling all Dreamers…The 2011 Disney Dreamers Academy

Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey, a motivational event for teens, will take place at Walt Disney World in Florida in March 2011.
By Talitha Johnson
Detroit Contributor
The nationwide search for young aspiring dreamers has begun. Essence Magazine and Steve Harvey have teamed up to produce the 2011 Disney’s Dreamers Academy. Each year, celebrities, Disney representatives and motivational speakers gather to inspire children to pursue their dreams. Youth across the nation will collaborate for interactive workshops and seminars, while exploring a variety of career possibilities.

A panel of leaders in the communications, education and entertainment industries will sift through thousands of submission applications to select only 100 students who will become Disney Dreamers.

The chosen winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort for three days, March 3-6, 2011; during which they will learn to “dream big.” Students also will learn interviewing and networking skills.

“Each year we strive to find young people who may have a will or passion, but may not have the courage to explore their dreams,” said comedian and radio host Steve Harvey. “So we hope to unlock the power that will allow them to pursue their hearts’ desires.”

Nuttin’ But Stringz at Disney’s Dreamer’s Academy: Nuttin’ But Stringz, a violin duo blending classical, jazz, R&B and hip-hop, perform and inspire participants at Disney’s Dreamers Academy 2009. (Photo credit: Todd Anderson)
“Disney’s Dreamers Academy is helping teens take steps in the right direction, and we want to be right there with the students, both encouraging them and sharing their stories,” Angela Burt-Murray, editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine, said in a press release.

High school students, ages 13-19, are encouraged to cast their nominations to: www.disneysdreamersacademy.com. Legal U.S. residency is required.

The submission deadline is October 31.

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