Disney Dreamers join (behind Mickey Mouse L-R) Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large for Essence Magazine, Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, Inc., radio and TV personality Steve Harvey, Tracey D. Powell, executive champion of Disney Dreamers Academy, and Mickey Mouse on March 6, 2016 to celebrate the commencement of the ninth Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The annual event is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (222221)
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The Oct. 31 deadline is looming for high school students to apply to be among the 100 selected to participate with Steve Harvey and Essence in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy, the educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

Entering the search for its 11th class of Dreamers, Disney Dreamers Academy allows students to participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies.

“After 10 years and over 1,000 Disney Dreamer alumni, we’re excited to begin the next decade of Disney Dreamers Academy,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president of commercial management resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “We are excited about the opportunity to add to the many success stories, as this program continues to cultivate the minds of young high school students from across the nation and inspire them to follow their dreams and accomplish their goals.”

The event takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Dreamers are taken both onstage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become “classrooms.”

Disney Dreamers are exposed to motivational speakers and celebrities who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain firsthand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

Applicants must be students between the ages of 13 and 19, and they must answer essay questions about their personal stories and their dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including a strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams.

Select Disney Dreamers, along with parents or guardians, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort, where they will participate in sessions as they are surrounded by the creativity and innovation represented in Disney theme parks around the world. Disney Dreamers Academy will take place in March 2018.

“By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, future leaders of this country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives,” Powell said.

For more information regarding applications, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.

For more information regarding applications, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Follow the Dreamers on facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy or on twitter.com/DreamersAcademy. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.