So when I was first introduced to the Disney Dreamers Academy I had some idea of what it was about but since I didn’t have any kids anywhere close to high school it was not something I paid close attention to. My little guy is almost 12 and is heading to middle school and I know that means in just a few short years he will be in *gasp* highschool.
Our jobs as parents is to love our kids and prepare them for the next chapters of life and to make their way in this crazy, crazy world. I was so excited to have the opportunity to witness a program and an event that also does just that. Prepare kids to become young adults, to make an impact in their community, to the people around them and even those they have yet to meet, and to above all follow their dreams.
So what exactly is the Disney Dreamers Academy and how do these teens get chosen?
The Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA) which is currently in its 12th year hosted by Essence Magazine and Steve Harvey, works to inspire teenagers at a critical time in their lives. Their theme Be100 works to empower teens and encourage them to be a force of positivity and to take what learn during their time at Disney (4 days) back home and make a true difference in their lives.
The 4 days that they are there may not seem like a lot of time to make a huge impact but I can say that the speakers and the workshops that they have planned for these teens is top notch and I was even inspired just listening to the speakers they brought in to speak with these teens.
“The Speakers Resource Group (SRG) consists of celebrities and noted professionals who serve as year-round ambassadors for Disney Dreamers Academy, help lead workshops throughout the weekend event and serve as panel judges for the applications.”
Some of the fantastic people in the group include, Actor and Comedian, Steve Harvey; award-winning gospel singer, Yolanda Adams; Editor-at-large and former Beauty and Cover director at Essence magazine, Mikki Taylor; Las Vegas Bellagio Chef, Chef Jeff Henderson; Founder of Beyond Her, Brandy Harvey; motivational Speaker Johnathan Sprinkles, just to name a few.
2019 DDA Speakers
Workshops/Deep Dives/Parent Track
During their time at the Dreamers Academy both the teens spend much of the time with their peers in what
There were 10 Deep Dives:
- Disney Entertainment
- Natural Sciences
Here are some workshop highlights:
I was so excited to have the opportunity to speak with 3 amazing Dreamers Myles Madden, Jasmine Bell, and Dreamer Alumni Cedric Beal. These teens were amazing to speak with super down to earth and awesome to meet.
After having the chance to speak with them I have no doubt that they will do amazing things and I cannot wait to see where they go.
Overall the time I was able to spend with the Dreamers and at this fantastic life-changing event is one that I will never forget and will not let my kids forget. While they are not at the age yet to apply, I cannot wait till they are because I could see them flourishing after their time there. The Application process is open now for the 2020 year for teens ages 13-19 in grades 9-12th grade. Be a dreamer and apply HERE.0