Disney Dreamers class announced for 2018

Disney has announced the 100 high school students who will participate in the Disney Dreamers Academy mentoring program at Disney World .

The program, which is entering its 11th year, use Disney World as a classroom where students can discover careers pursue their dreams. Students participate in hands-on, immersive career-oriented workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Students are given important tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills and networking strategies.

In addition, they get to interact with Steve Harvey and other motivational speakers and celebrities.

Among the celebrities who have participated in the past are singers Patti LaBelle and Mary J. Blige, NBA legend and business mogul Magic Johnson, gospel music star Yolanda Adams, NFL superstar Cam Newton, plus TV personalities such as “The Chew’’ co-host Carla Hall, “Good Morning America’’ co-anchor Michael Strahan and ABC correspondent T.J. Holmes.

 

The event, which takes place March 8 to March 11, is in conjunction with Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

“Each of these 100 girls and boys has proven themselves to be exceptional as students and as human beings, so it’s an honor to have them join us at Walt Disney World Resort,’’  Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president of commercial management – resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion.

“Inspiring our youth to dream big and chase those dreams is a personal mission,”  Harvey said. “Having a dream is one of the most important things in life. That is why engaging with these students is an annual highlight for me, and the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy will be no exception.”

“Every year, we continue to be impressed by the exceptional students selected for Disney Dreamers Academy, and it is our privilege to play a role in encouraging them to achieve their goals,’’ Michelle Ebanks, president of ESSENCE Communications, said.

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