Diversity, Equality, Inclusion
(March 3, 2022) Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and executive producer Kelly Rowland rides along with several Disney Dreamers during a celebratory parade at Magic Kingdom during the landmark 15th year of Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Disney Dreamers Academy, taking place March 3-6, 2022 is a mentorship event hosted annually by Walt Disney World Resort that fosters the dreams of Black students and teens from underrepresented communities.
Started through the legacy of the conglomerate’s founder, Walt Disney, the Disney Dreamers Academy champions teenagers from ages 13 to 19 to garner the career tips and support as they flesh out their aspirations.
The selected attendees will be introduced to groundbreaking mentors across a variety of fields, all present to connect with the Dreamers and help provide guidance for their goals. To help establish career readiness, workshops will be centered on developing a wide-ranging skillset that makes them first-choice candidates for future positions. Practicing interviews, building a professional and creative network, as well as styling oneself for success are additional parts of the program.
The dreamers come from a diverse array of backgrounds, inspiring those of all identities to apply, whether they want to be doctors and scientists, or artists and entrepreneurs. The program aims to help attendees “harness the power” of their dreams, with guest speakers to present on how to plan for their bright futures. Past speakers at the event include Marsai Martin, as the actress was the youngest person to ever produce a movie at the age of 13. The entire experience challenges Dreamers to work toward their wildest ambitions and break down the fears that inhibit them. For those who recognize the potential of a young person in the life, the ability to nominate a student is also available to grant them with the prestigious opportunity.
And as a special perk for the Dreamers, admission into Disney’s theme parks for attendees and their chaperone is included in the festivities. Disney encourages those who are optimistic and compassionate, with a positive mindset and intellectual curiosity, to apply. Applications are due on October 31.
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Source: Black Enterprise