LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It’s a dream come true for a group of high school students who were specially selected to be a part of the fourth annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey. Walt Disney World Resort, in partnership with entertainer Steve Harvey, hosts more than 100 high school students who are working to overcome great odds to achieve big goals. The teens traveled from across the country to gain access to the magic behind Disney World.
The three-and-a-half day event, March 3-6, includes a power-packed line up of interactive seminars and a wide range of motivational talks from experts in top job fields. Key highlights of the magical weekend include work experiences at some of Disney’s most famous attractions including marine biology at Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Dreamers will learn about music auditions inside the American Idol Experience and young athletes will get tips from celebrity sport stars during ESPN the Weekend. Students bond with celebrities and hear their stories of hard work and perseverance. And, of course, the students have free time to play in Disney World’s theme parks.
Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey was created for high school students who show promise – but may need additional motivational support to excel. However, all of the selected students share a trait: the power to DREAM.
In conjunction with The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Walt Disney World conducted the Dreamers’ contest to identify the participants – high school students, grades 9-12. Parents, teachers, school administrators, church groups and even the students themselves nominated aspiring dreamers from across the nation for the program. The students were selected by a panel that included educators, communications professionals and business professionals.
Los Angeles, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Newsport News, VA
2008 Disney’s Dreamers Academy Graduate