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High School students wishing to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence have until October 31 to apply for the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program that takes place in March at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Those accepted into the program will experience a once-in-a-lifetime career-inspiring weekend.

Disney Dreamers Academy has been inspiring young minds nationwide for over a decade by encouraging them to follow their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities. Students fortunate enough to be accepted into the program get to participate in hands-on, immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant will learn important skills such as communication techniques, leadership qualities, and networking strategies, and are inspired by celebrity speakers and special guests who join in to share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG.

The Disney Dreamers Academy has generated many stories of achievement by inspiring students to become authors, nurses, pilots, doctors, journalists, and engineers following the three-day all-expenses-paid experience at Walt Disney World Resort where the theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms’ leading to career discoveries and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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

As part of the application process, applicants are required to answer essay questions about their personal journeys and dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes including strong character, positive attitude, and determination to achieve their dreams. Selected applicants, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, through October 31, 2017. A distinguished panel of leaders will evaluate the applications, and selected participants will be announced by early 2018.

For more information regarding applications, interested applicants can visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com, or learn more about the program on Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy or Twitter.com/DreamersAcademy.

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