"If you show me your friends, you can show me your future,” NFL star Cam Newton shared to dreamers attending the event.
The Disney Dreamers Academy is a special annual program pouring into the nation’s brightest young minds.
A Mission That Matters
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.
Happy 10th Anniversary
Legend Patti LaBelle wowed the crowd with a soulful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Congrats to 10th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy class! Stay tuned for details on future classes.
After four days of empowerment and entertainment, the academy closed with a “Circle of Life” performance by Disney’s Lion King cast.
Look for Rouwaida Nitiema and Morgan Wright at ESSENCE Festival! The dreamers were awarded internships to join our team in New Orleans.
Dreams Do Come True
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.
Dream On Dreamer
"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.
Words to Live By
The academy brought dreamers from each of the 10 years for the special event. Many students have gone on to greatness in every field.
A Family Reunion
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.
Black History Is American History
"Don't let your emotions control your circumstances," Kim Fields shared with dreamers before snapping selfies.
Disney Dreamers Academy speaker Yolanda Adams sang at the graduation ceremony.
Sing It, Yolanda!
ESSENCE Senior Editor Charreah K. Jackson guided students to create their own newsletter in the Journalism Deep Dive.
Paying It Forward
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.
A Job Well Done