Disney Dreamers Academy, an educational mentorship program created and hosted by Walt Disney World Resort, is set to return this year for its 15th year of broadening career awareness and creating opportunities for Black students and teens from underrepresented communities in the U.S.
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Happening March 3-6, this year’s program will introduce the Disney Dreamers to a variety of new immersions designed to continue to foster their dreams, including career-building workshops, networking sessions, mentorship connections, and introductions to future professional opportunities at The Walt Disney Company and beyond.
A new initiative is also underway for the program’s 15th year, in which Disney Dreamers Academy, in partnership with ESPN’s The Undefeated and Grammy-nominated rap artist Cordae, is awarding college scholarships to 11 students from underrepresented communities attending Historically Black Colleges and Communities.
“We are excited and honored to celebrate 15 years of Disney Dreamers Academy with this year’s class,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort Vice President and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “We’ve embraced this opportunity to amplify the event, and we’re thrilled to introduce new experiences, new career programs and new mentors.”
Since 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired more than 1,300 students from across the country to follow their dreams and prepare for their futures. Each year, students are chosen from thousands of applicants who answer essay questions about their personal stories and dreams. The students and a parent or guardian are given an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World in Florida for the event.
During the four-day event, the 100 students chosen will participate in sessions that teach valuable life tools like leadership skills, effective communication techniques and networking strategies. In addition, participants also experience in-depth career workshops in a variety of disciplines aligned with their goals, introducing them to diverse career paths within business, entertainment, and sciences.
To learn more, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.