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"If you show me your friends, you can show me your future,” NFL star Cam Newton shared to dreamers attending the event.
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The Disney Dreamers Academy is a special annual program pouring into the nation’s brightest young minds.
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This March Walt Disney World hosted its 10th annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, a four-day mentoring program for 100 high school students.
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Legend Patti LaBelle wowed the crowd with a soulful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
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Congrats to 10th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy class! Stay tuned for details on future classes.
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After four days of empowerment and entertainment, the academy closed with a “Circle of Life” performance by Disney’s Lion King cast.
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Look for Rouwaida Nitiema and Morgan Wright at ESSENCE Festival! The dreamers were awarded internships to join our team in New Orleans.
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The Disney Dreamers Academy Speakers Resource Group celebrated the dreamers who voted for awards by their fellow dreamers along with with Mickey Mouse and Executive Dreamer Tracey D. Powell.
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"Your greatness is not meant to work in isolation," shared ESSENCE Editor-At-Large Mikki Taylor She hosted a dreamers panel with Kim Fields, Tahj Mowry, Bryshere Gray and entrepreneur Jaylen Bledsoe.
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The academy brought dreamers from each of the 10 years for the special event. Many students have gone on to greatness in every field.
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Black History is American History. Bernard Kinsey and his family gave dreamers a tour of a portion of their family’s African American history collection on display at Epcot. The collection includes an original copy of Phillis Wheatley's work, Benjamin Banneker’s Almanac and other items.
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"Don't let your emotions control your circumstances," Kim Fields shared with dreamers before snapping selfies.
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Disney Dreamers Academy speaker Yolanda Adams sang at the graduation ceremony.
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ESSENCE Senior Editor Charreah K. Jackson guided students to create their own newsletter in the Journalism Deep Dive.
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With the 10th event, the academy has officially served more than 100 students around the country bringing the dreamers and their parents to an all-expenses paid experience at Walt Disney World.
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