Dream Teens

A source called recently to tell me about what appears to be a really interesting opportunity for creative teens who are interested in exercising their imaginations --- and going to Disney World!

Walt Disney World Resort and comedian Steve Harvey are seeking nominations for teens in grades 9 through 12 who want to participated in "Disney's Dreamers Academy."


Disney wants 100 teens for its Dreamers Academy (being held Jan. 17-20 at Walt Disney World in Florida) and the net is being cast far and wide. Nominations are being accepted across the country from guardians, parents, schools, churches, social organizations and youth programs. Of course, teens may nominate themselves!

Dreamers Academy is designed to expose students to "creative, non-conventional" careers. The academy is expected to include workshops on animation, set design, show production, culinary arts and the business behind sports.


What's the catch?? Nominations are due by Oct. 15, which is Monday.

Check out the link below for more details on the Dreamers Academy, including a Q&A and a fact sheet about the program.

Disney's Dreamers Academy Searches for Creativity and Imagination Among US Teens

Walt Disney World Resort and Radio Personality Steve Harvey Call for Nominations

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – parentschild Walt Disney World Resort has announced that nominations are now being accepted for its first ever Disney' s Dreamers Academy. During the "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration, Walt Disney World Resort Resort is reaching out to teens, parents, educators, and community members to find 100 high school students with the potential for greatness to be part of Disney's Dreamers Academy, an enrichment event weekend Jan. 17-20, 2008.

Walt Disney World is searching for teens, in grades 9-12, from across the nation with a special appeal for African American teens, to give them the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and their imaginations will take them.

During the Disney's Dreamers Academy program, the students will be immersed in creative, non-conventional careers at Walt Disney World. Disney's Dreamers Academy nomination process runs through October 15, 2007.

Walt Disney World has partnered with nationally syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey to create this innovative program. Disney's Dreamers Academy is designed for students who show promise – but may need a little motivation – and share one common trait: the power to dream.


"Disney's Dreamers Academy is very important to me because it's about the education of our young people who are oftentimes slighted and don't have the chance to be exposed to a variety of job skills and job sets and meet with people in the fields they're interested in," said Steve Harvey. "We want to give our young achievers the tools to become overachievers – to take their dreams stratospheric."

The lucky participants will be selected from among young dreamers nominated by their parents, legal guardians, their school, churches, social organizations, youth programs – or even themselves. Participants in the program must be enrolled in high school. A select panel of judges including Steve Harvey, key community leaders, Disney representatives and educators will choose the 100 finalists. Nomination forms and more details about Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey can be found on

Selected students will be treated to complete immersion in career development. Sessions will include interactive workshops, motivational talks with sports and entertainment celebrities, and discussions led by Disney cast members and executives sharing their blueprint for success. Workshop topics will feature everything from business to architecture/engineering, animation to set design, show production to culinary arts, to learning the business behind sports. There also will be free time to enjoy the Walt Disney World's famous theme parks and recreation.

"This is about taking youth with potential and opening doors for them – helping them to realize their dreams," said Xiomara Wiley, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing, Disney Parks and Resorts. "And what a place to do it! At 40 square miles, Walt Disney World is the world's largest creative classroom designed to inspire people. These young people will have unprecedented access to the magic behind the magic."

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Walt Disney World Resort's Dreamers Academy Q & A


Q. How does the nomination process work?

A. Individuals and groups such as teachers, parents, legal guardians, church members, community members, local organizations, and social organizations nominate a teen in their community who is enrolled in a local high school to be chosen for this program.

Q. When does the nomination process begin and end?

A. Applications must be postmarked between September 24 and October 15.

Q. Can you self nominate?

A. Yes, students can self-nominate, but their nominations must be endorsed by a parent/legal guardian and must include a reference such as a teacher/church/local or social organization.


Q. Who is selecting the 100 nominees?

A. A select panel that includes key community leaders, Steve Harvey (comedian, actor, and national morning show DJ), Walt Disney cast members, and educators.

Q. Will we get to spend time in the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks?

A. Yes, There will be free time to enjoy in Disney World's four theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Q. What are the dates for the Disney Dreamer's Academy?

A. January 17-20, 2008.


Q. Can I take someone with me?

A. Yes, One designated guardian will be eligible to accompany each student.

Q. What will the students do at the Disney's Dreamers Academy?

A. Students will have extensive exposure to career options, immersive behind-the- scenes experiences, as well as participate in interactive workshops, motivational talks with sports and entertainment celebrities, and discussions led by Disney cast members and executives sharing their blueprint for success.

Q. What is provided to the selected students?

A. Airfare, room, meals, airport and on-site transportation, meals and all program and theme park activities are provided for the selected students.


Q. Where can I go to get nomination forms and more information?

A. Go to

Q. What is the criteria for nominations?

A. Your nominee must be a high school student in grades 9-12 as of 9/1/07 and a legal resident of the United States.

Q. Will this be an annual program?

A. Yes


Q. What happens after the program has concluded?

A. The 100 alumni will become a part of the Disney's Dreamers Academy Mentorship program aimed to provide advice, support and guidance in the areas of professional development, personal goals, good citizenship, and Disney careers.


WHAT: Walt Disney World Resort has created Disney's Dreamers Academy, an innovative program that will provide 100 teens the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and imaginations will take them. The program is designed for is reaching out to African American teens, in grades 9-12, from across the nation with a special focus on African American teens, to give them the opportunity to go as far as their dream and their imaginations will take them, and encouraging them to dream big by bringing 100 high school students to the place Where Dreams Come True.

The Walt Disney's World's Dreamer's Academy is set in the world's most creative classroom to inspire people – Walt Disney World. The event immersive program will include, interactive workshops, motivational talks with sports and entertainment celebrities, hands- on creative experiences and discussions featuring Disney cast members, Walt Disney Imagineers, community leaders and role models.

WHEN: January 17-20, 2008


WHERE: Walt Disney World Resort outside Orlando, Florida

HOW: A select panel that includesmade up of key community leaders, spokesperson Steve Harvey (comedian, actor, and nationally-syndicated morning show personality), and Walt Disney World cast members, and educators will identify select the top 100 candidatesstudents with the power to dream.

DETAILS: During the Disney's Dreamers Academy, students will be immersed in a fun and motivational environment designed to inspire them to pursue their own dreams. The nomination process begins September 24, 2007 and runs through October 15, 2007. For more information on Disney's Dreamers Academy go to