Yesterday I was invited out to Disney’s Dreamers Academy Media Luncheon with special guest Actor/Comedian/Radio Personality, Steve Harvey. Atlanta-area students past and present, who participated in Disney’s Dreamers Academy attened with their parents to share fun and heart warming stories of their experience. Most said it was a true blessing to be a part of the academy, and some even shed a tear telling their stories. Mickey Mouse,the biggest celebrity of the afternoon made a surprise appearance. He came to greet the special guests, dressed to the nines and ready for photo opts. A Disney executive explained that the industry icon chose Atlanta to host the luncheon because of the large number of Dreamers Academy participants in the area.
Dreamers Academy is entering it’s fifth year in 2012. Their mission is to provide youth an opportunity to learn how they can achieve their dreams. The academy allows students to experience life-enriching workshops, career enrichment sessions,seminars,one-on-one conversations with celebrities and industry experts and more. The possibilities are countless and I was fortunate enough to attend the academy this year, it even motivated and inspired me to dream even bigger.
Disney and Harvey received over 4,000 applicants for the 2011 Dreamers Academy and ultimately a very fortunate 100 were admitted. Steve said that he likes to select students that may not have the best grades, but do have family troubles at home or just down on their luck because that was him in his youth. Next month,they will announce the teens selected for the Dreamer’s Academy for 2012. The Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey & Essence Magazine kicks off March 8-11 2012. I would like to thank Disney for the personal invite and for the fun goody bag! xoxo