Disney's Dreamers Academy

Disney's Dreamers Academy
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 04, 2011

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Steve Harvey (center), Michelle Ebanks (left), Mikki Taylor (right), and Mickey Mouse and the 2011 Class of the Disney’s Dreamers Academy. Harvey told the students, “You can do anything you want to.”

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Actress/singer Raven-Symoné inspires the young people at the “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine” commencement ceremony with some help from Mickey Mouse.

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Raven-Symoné speaks to the Disney’s Dreamers Academy students during the commencement ceremony at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Raven-Symoné shares the microphone with an aspiring singer at "Disney’s Dreamers Academy commencement ceremony.

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Raven-Symoné speaks with student Briaun Rooks of Newport News, Va. during the “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine” commencement ceremony at on March 6, 2011.

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Raven-Symoné, Tracey D. Powell, Executive Champion for “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine,” actor/comedian Steve Harvey, and gospel singer Yolanda Adams pose March 6, 2011 for a photo during “Disney’s Dreamers Academy” at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Gospel singer Yolanda Adams speaks during the Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine commencement ceremony on March 6, 2011.

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Steve Harvey congratulates the 110 students at the “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine” commencement ceremony. “The importance of the dream is that it keeps you,” Harvey said.

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Tracey D. Powell, Executive Champion for Disney’s Dreamers Academy, Steve Harvey, Stella Ringer, Senior Brand Activation Manager, The Coca-Cola Company, and ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks pose for a photo.

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Motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles, Karli Harvey, Brandi Harvey, Dr. Steve Perry, ESSENCE Magazine’s Mikki Taylor, Yolanda Adams and ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks lock arms and aims. “We are raising a village of dreamers,” said Taylor.

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ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks awards four outstanding students in the Disney’s Dreamers Academy internships during the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans during the July 4th Weekend.

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Students (left to right) Robyn Gregg of Chicago, David Miller of Bealeton, Va., Nicholas Bradley of Chicago, and Lavelle Pauls of Dover, Del. participate in a panel discussion with Walt Disney Studios feature animators Bruce Smith and Marlon West.

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Terrance J from BET’s “106 and Park” (right) interviews actor Chris Massey (left) and actress Tamera Mowry (center) during Disney’s Dreamers Academy about careers and success.

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Terrance J from BET’s “106 and Park” (right), interviews R&B star Cupid (left), and singer Kimberley Locke (center) March 5, 2011 during Disney’s Dreamers Academy.

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Terrance J (right) interviews sports journalist Stephen A. Smith during Disney’s Dreamers Academy.

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Karli Harvey (left) and Brandi Harvey (right) speak March 5, 2011 during Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Alex O. Ellis, CEO of Simply Ellis Custom Clothier, speaks during “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine” at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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A group of high school students take a ride on the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction during Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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): A group of high school students take a ride March 5, 2011 on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction during “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The fourth annual “Disney’s Dreamers Academy” takes place at Walt Disney World Resort March 3-6, 2011. During the event, 110 high school students from across the nation participate in a career-inspiration program that includes motivational seminars, networking events, hands-on creative experiences and fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

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A group of high school students have some fun on on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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A group of high school students participate in a networking event at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Award-winning chef and best selling author Chef Jeff Henderson (left) is interviewed by high school student Diamond Sims (right).

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Mikki Taylor (left) talks to a trio of students who participated in a fashion career workshop during Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on March 5, 2011.

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Karli Harvey (back row, third from left) and Brandi Harvey (back row, center) pose for a photo March 4, 2011 with a group of students during “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.”

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Former American Idol contestant Kimberley Locke performs during “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine” at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on March 4, 2011.

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Motivational speaker Zerbin Singleton inspires the youth at Disney’s Dreamers Academy.

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New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (left) poses for a photo with high school student Briaun Rooks (right) of Newport News, Va. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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“American Idol” Season Two Champion Ruben Studdard (center) poses with high school students Naadira Brooks(left) of Camp Springs, Md. and Patricia Albright (right) of Camillus, N.Y., in front of the American Idol Experience theme park attraction.

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High school students Jose Villagomez (right) of McAllen, Texas and John Tucker (center) from Washington, D.C. learn about mixing boards with audio engineer Ben Scott (left), in a career workshop session on March 4, 2011.

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High school students in career workshop session during “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine” at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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): A group of high school students including Shanece Brown (front) from Cambria Heights, N.Y., strike their best ballerina pose March 4, 2011 during a “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine” acting workshop session in The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The fourth annual “Disney’s Dreamers Academy” takes place March 3-6, 2011. During the event, 110 high school students from across the nation participate in a career-inspiration program that includes interactive workshops, motivational seminars, networking events, hands-on creative experiences and fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

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A group of high school students including Shanece Brown (front) from Cambria Heights, N.Y., strike their best ballerina pose during an acting workshop session in The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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(MARCH 4, 2011): Walt Disney World horticulturalist Les Frey (right) gives a group of high school students a greenhouse tour March 4, 2011 during a culinary career workshop session at “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The fourth annual “Disney’s Dreamers Academy” takes place March 3-6, 2011. During the event, 110 high school students from across the nation participate in a career-inspiration program that includes interactive workshops, motivational seminars, networking events, hands-on creative experiences and fun at Walt Disney World Resort. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

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Steve Harvey (center) poses with students in the 2011 Class of the Disney Dreamer’s Academy on March 4, 2011. “We get a lot of feedback from the children’s parents and teachers who say this is a life changing experience,” says Harvey.

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Steve Harvey, ESSENCE’s own Mikki Taylor, and Princeton Parker kick-off the Disney Dreamer’s Academy at Walt Disney World Resorts on March 3, 2011. “Disney is going to let you explore the bigness of your dream,” Harvey said.

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Steve Harvey (right), ESSENCE’s Mikki Taylor (right), and student Princeton Parker (center) kick-off the Disney Dreamers Academy during a parade at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Harvey describes the DDA as “a opportunity to change your life.”

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Steve Harvey, ESSENCE’s Mikki Taylor, and Princeton Parker kick-off the Disney Dreamer’s Academy in Orlando, FL.

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Tracey D. Powell, Executive Champion for “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine,”  Actor/Comedian Steve Harvey, Jim Lewis, President, Disney Vacation Club, and Mikki Taylor, Essence Magazine’s Editor-at-Large, pose March 3, 2011 after the “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine” welcome ceremony at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The fourth annual “Disney’s Dreamers Academy” takes place at Walt Disney World Resort March 3-6, 2011. During the event, 110 high school students from across the nation participate in a career-inspiration that includes interactive workshops, motivational seminars, networking events, hands-on creative experiences and fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Steve Harvey speaks during the Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine welcome ceremony at the Magic Kingdom on March 3, 2011. “The goal is to keep them in school,” Harvey said about the students.

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Actor/Comedian Steve Harvey speaks March 3, 2011 during the “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine” welcome ceremony at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Gospel singer Yolanda Adams speaks March 3, 2011 during the “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine” welcome ceremony at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The fourth annual “Disney’s Dreamers Academy” takes place at Walt Disney World Resort March 3-6, 2011. During the event, 110 high school students from across the nation participate in a career-inspiration that includes interactive workshops, motivational seminars, networking events, hands-on creative experiences and fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Gospel singer Yolanda Adams speaks during the welcome ceremony at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “This weekend is about changing and shaping the world,” said Adams.

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