Innovative Disney's Dreamers Academy Launched to Inspire High School Students from Across America

Radio Personality Steve Harvey to Reach Dreamers For Program at Walt Disney

World Resort in January



Aug 09, 2007, 01:00 ET from Walt Disney World

    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve
 Harvey, an enrichment event with a special appeal for African American
 high- schoolers, was announced jointly today by Disney and by national
 radio personality Steve Harvey. It invites inspired teenagers to pack their
 bags -- and their dreams -- for Walt Disney World Resort in 2008.
     The announcement came at the 32nd National Association of Black
 Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair here.
     One hundred teens from across the United States with the potential for
 greatness and the courage to dream will be tapped for the Dreamers Academy
 weekend Jan. 17-20, 2008, during the heart of Disney's "Year of a Million
 Dreams" celebration.
     "This is about taking youth with potential and opening doors for them
 -- helping them to realize their dreams," said Xiomara Wiley, vice
 president of multicultural marketing, Disney Parks and Resorts. "And what a
 place to do it! At 40 square miles, Walt Disney World is the world's
 largest creative classroom designed to inspire people. These young people
 will have unprecedented access to the magic behind the magic."
     Harvey said Disney's Dreamers Academy "is very important to me because
 it gets to the heart of what my foundation is all about. It's about the
 education of our young people who are oftentimes slighted and don't have
 the chance to be exposed to a variety of job skills and job sets and meet
 with people in the fields they're interested in. We want to give our young
 achievers the tools to become overachievers -- to take their dreams
 stratospheric."
     Sessions will also include interactive workshops, motivational talks
 with sports and entertainment celebrities, and discussions led by Disney
 cast members and executives sharing their blueprint for success.
     Workshop topics will feature everything from business to
 architecture/engineering, animation to set design, show production to
 culinary arts, to learning the business behind sports.
     There also will be free time to enjoy the Walt Disney World theme parks
 and recreation.
     High school students from around the country can be nominated to
 participate. The lucky participants will be selected from among young
 dreamers nominated by their parents, legal guardians, their school, church,
 social organization, youth program -- or even themselves.
     A select panel of judges including Steve Harvey, key African American
 community leaders and Disney representatives will choose the 100 finalists.
     "We believe this program will have special appeal for African American
 high schoolers, and working with Steve Harvey gives us a great opportunity
 to get this message to them," adds Wiley.
     Participants in the program must be enrolled in high school. Disney's
 Dreamers Academy is designed for students who show promise -- but may need
 a little motivation -- and share one common trait: the power to dream.
     Nomination forms and more details about Disney's Dreamers Academy with
 Steve Harvey can be found on www.steveharvey.com/disneysdreamersacademy.
 
 

SOURCE Walt Disney World
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve
 Harvey, an enrichment event with a special appeal for African American
 high- schoolers, was announced jointly today by Disney and by national
 radio personality Steve Harvey. It invites inspired teenagers to pack their
 bags -- and their dreams -- for Walt Disney World Resort in 2008.
     The announcement came at the 32nd National Association of Black
 Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair here.
     One hundred teens from across the United States with the potential for
 greatness and the courage to dream will be tapped for the Dreamers Academy
 weekend Jan. 17-20, 2008, during the heart of Disney's "Year of a Million
 Dreams" celebration.
     "This is about taking youth with potential and opening doors for them
 -- helping them to realize their dreams," said Xiomara Wiley, vice
 president of multicultural marketing, Disney Parks and Resorts. "And what a
 place to do it! At 40 square miles, Walt Disney World is the world's
 largest creative classroom designed to inspire people. These young people
 will have unprecedented access to the magic behind the magic."
     Harvey said Disney's Dreamers Academy "is very important to me because
 it gets to the heart of what my foundation is all about. It's about the
 education of our young people who are oftentimes slighted and don't have
 the chance to be exposed to a variety of job skills and job sets and meet
 with people in the fields they're interested in. We want to give our young
 achievers the tools to become overachievers -- to take their dreams
 stratospheric."
     Sessions will also include interactive workshops, motivational talks
 with sports and entertainment celebrities, and discussions led by Disney
 cast members and executives sharing their blueprint for success.
     Workshop topics will feature everything from business to
 architecture/engineering, animation to set design, show production to
 culinary arts, to learning the business behind sports.
     There also will be free time to enjoy the Walt Disney World theme parks
 and recreation.
     High school students from around the country can be nominated to
 participate. The lucky participants will be selected from among young
 dreamers nominated by their parents, legal guardians, their school, church,
 social organization, youth program -- or even themselves.
     A select panel of judges including Steve Harvey, key African American
 community leaders and Disney representatives will choose the 100 finalists.
     "We believe this program will have special appeal for African American
 high schoolers, and working with Steve Harvey gives us a great opportunity
 to get this message to them," adds Wiley.
     Participants in the program must be enrolled in high school. Disney's
 Dreamers Academy is designed for students who show promise -- but may need
 a little motivation -- and share one common trait: the power to dream.
     Nomination forms and more details about Disney's Dreamers Academy with
 Steve Harvey can be found on www.steveharvey.com/disneysdreamersacademy.
 
 SOURCE Walt Disney World