High School Students Chosen for This Year’s Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

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Disney Dreamers Academy Hosts Young Students

One hundred black students and teens from across the country have been chosen to be a part of this year’s Dreamers Academy. Among those students, a budding artist, an aspiring neurosurgeon, and a creative storyteller are among the group of young people on their way to this annual event, aimed at broadening career awareness and creating exclusive opportunities for underrepresented communities across America.

This event will take place at Walt Disney World Resort March 23-26 and will be the Dreamer Academy’s 16th annual event.

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Influential Speakers

Mickey Mouse, Disney executives, and international recording star Kelly Rowland surprised one of the students with the news of her selection live on national TV from her school in Newark, N. J. Afterwards, the names of the entire Class of 2023 were displayed on a Times Square billboard.


Kelly Rowland is a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and television executive producer, served last year as the program’s ambassador and as an advocate for the students. She shared personal insights, drawing from her own unique experience as a pre-teen performer, then as a teenager in one of the best-selling female groups of all time, Destiny’s Child.

“We’re ready to welcome another outstanding group of teens from across the country for our 16th year!” said Tracey Powell, Disney Signature Experiences vice president, and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “They are going to have the experience of a lifetime, setting them on a journey to go out and achieve their dreams, just like the classes who came before them.”

The program which has been around since 2008 has honored over 1,500 students across the country since its inception with the goal of inspiring and encouraging them in their goals to pursue their dreams.


Disney Dreamers are selected from thousands of applicants who answer essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. The students and a parent or guardian enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the four-day event.

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Immersive Experiences and Classes

Once students arrive they get to experience immersive, career-oriented workshops that explore a wide range of career disciplines while also learning essential skills, such as effective communication techniques, leadership, and networking strategies.


What a huge excitement these young students must feel after getting chosen for such an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! I think it’s so important to encourage young people to reach for the stars. The lessons and experiences they experience at the Dreamers Academy will have a huge impact on them I am sure.

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Applications are closed for this year but you can keep your eyes peeled on their website for open applications for the 2024 submissions sometime in the fall. Do you know any young goal-oriented students that would be perfect for this program?

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