Nominations Open for the 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy With Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine

Thursday, 14 July 2011 02:05 Written by  Administrator

Disney’s Dreamers Academy Celebrates its Fifth Year at Igniting
Lives, Dreams and Passions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Plans are underway for the 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. Parents, teachers, mentors and youth are encouraged to nominate U.S. high school students ages 13-19 to attend this innovative outside-the-classroom educational program. Nominations must be submitted on by October 31, 2011.

Embarking on its fifth anniversary, Disney’s Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission of igniting lives, dreams and passions. Each year, 100 students are selected among thousands of applicants to experience monumental personal and professional advancement. In a classroom especially designed for Dreamers, students will participate in full immersion workshops in a bevy of career paths ranging from Animation to Zoology at Walt Disney World. Each participant will learn important interview skills, communication techniques and networking strategies. Motivational speakers and celebrities participate in the program every year to share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and “DREAM BIG”. Dreamers will have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives. 

“Over the past four years we have helped over 400 Dreamers unlock their potential and get started on their journeys in life,” said Disney’s Dreamers Academy Executive Champion Tracey D. Powell. “The fifth anniversary of Disney’s 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.”  

Steve Harvey, syndicated radio personality, along with Essence Magazine and Walt Disney World will host the selected Dreamers during their four-day power packed educational exploration. Harvey speaks on the program, “Disney’s Dreamers Academy gives hope to the hopeless and exposes youth to a world of possibilities. The fifth year of this program will prove to be the best yet. We are excited about another opportunity to transform lives and give students an inside look at what their future can hold.”

Annually, Disney’s Dreamers Academy brings together high school students from all walks of life to empower, enlighten and enrich. Launched in 2007 by Disney Parks, Disney’s Dreamers Academy has evolved into a year round initiative with its informational Facebook and Twitter social media platforms, interactive website and presence at community outreach partner events like the Essence Music Festival, National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Bud Billiken Parade. This year Dreamers also had the chance to win internships with Essence Communications and Footman Brewer Enterprises, allowing them the chance to test their skills learned at Disney’s Dreamers Academy.

President of Essence Communications, Michelle Ebanks added, “We are excited about the fifth anniversary of Disney’s Dreamers Academy. This program transcends the normal classroom setting, taking learning to the next level. This year we plan to go above and beyond to encourage Dreamers. Our valued partnership with Disney Parks and Steve Harvey serves as a firm commitment to the community and leaders of tomorrow.”

This fall, a distinguished panel of leaders from the communications, education and entertainment industries will judge all of the nomination submissions. Winners will be announced in early December. Participants and a parent or guardian will receive an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort where they will engage in professional immersion and indulge in all of Disney’s magical theme parks. The 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy will take place March 8-11, 2012, at Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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About Walt Disney World Resort / The Walt Disney Co.:
Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando. The Walt Disney Co. has a rich legacy of creativity and exceptional storytelling that brings families together in unique and memorable ways. Creative excellence is coupled with a strong commitment to community service and diversity. The Walt Disney Co. is dedicated to making a positive impact in communities around the world, with a primary focus on brightening the lives of children.

About Steve Harvey:

Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, which eventually led to a long stint as host of “It's Showtime at the Apollo.” His success as a stand-up comedian led to multiple TV sitcoms, including “Me and The Boys”, “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge.”His first book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” quickly became a bestseller in 2009. Harvey has appeared on “The Oprah Show,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Currently, Harvey hosts the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” which airs in over 60 markets and has over 7 million listeners.

About Essence Communications Inc.:

Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media and communications company dedicated to African-American women. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online, the Essence brand is "Where Black Women Come First". The company's flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood, Window on Our Women (WOW I & II) and Smart Beauty I, II & III consumer insights, the Essence Book Club,, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD).

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola®, the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio features 14 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero®, vitaminwater®, Powerade®, Minute Maid®, Simply® and Georgia®. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at


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