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March 23, 2015

Imagine A Future: Steve Harvey & Disney Inspire Students Through Dreamers Academy

“LIVE! with Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan (left) poses March 8, 2015 with Mickey Mouse and radio and television personality Steve Harvey (right) at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. during a break from speaking at Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. The eighth annual event, taking place March 5-8, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort, is a career-inspiration program for 100 distinguished high school students across the U.S. (Gregg Newton, photographer)

Steve Harvey loves the kids! And I’m not talking about his four biological and three step-children with wife Majorie. I’m talking about the 500-plus students to date that have benefited from the work he’s doing with Disney Dreamers Academy—an education and community enrichment program aimed at helping students become visionaries seeking a life beyond their circumstances and that exceeds their imagination.

AlwaysAList.com traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando and stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to experience the Disney Dreamers Academy program firsthand.

From empowerment sessions, motivational seminars, character building and of course a little fun in the land of Mickey Mouse, 100 students flew to Disney with their parents to get pumped and prepared for their future.

disney-dreamers-academy-logoGospel great Yolanda Adams; Essence editor Mikki Taylor; E! News host Terrence J; HLN anchor Rocsi Diaz; actor Lamman Rucker; film and TV producer Will Packer; Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson and some other Disney Dreamers Academy staples work alongside and Steve’s twin daughters Brandi and Karli and his son Wynton to mentor and inspire the students.

During a press conference to discuss the conference, Adams spoke the process students go through to become a Dreamer.

“When selecting the Dreamers, we look for honesty. We want to see how they’ve dealt with situations in their lives,” the Grammy winner told us.

Essence magazine is a major partner of Disney Dreamers Academy and their president, Michelle Ebanks was also on hand to give a keynote address. “Live! with Kelly and Michael” host Michael Strahan delivered a keynote address as well during the weekend.

Disney Dreamers join singer Yolanda Adams (back row left of center), entertainer Steve Harvey (back row right of center), Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large for Essence Magazine (second to the left of Mickey Mouse), Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, Inc. (left of Mickey Mouse), Mickey Mouse, and Tracey D. Powell, executive champion of Disney Dreamers Academy (to the right of Mickey Mouse), March 8, 2015 to celebrate the commencement of Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The eighth annual event, taking place March 5-8, 2015, is a career-inspiration program for 100 distinguished high school students from across the U.S. and includes interactive workshops, motivational seminars, hands-on creative experience and fun at the theme parks. (Todd Anderson, Photographer)

Disney Dreamers join singer Yolanda Adams (back row left of center), entertainer Steve Harvey (back row right of center), Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large for Essence Magazine (second to the left of Mickey Mouse), Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, Inc. (left of Mickey Mouse), Mickey Mouse, and Tracey D. Powell, executive champion of Disney Dreamers Academy (to the right of Mickey Mouse), March 8, 2015 to celebrate the commencement of Disney Dreamers Academy. (Todd Anderson, Photographer)

Harvey said during the press conference—after sharing a story about how Adams has challenged him to dream bigger dreams despite his current success—that the goal for Disney Dreamers Academy is to make an impression on the kids that will be a lasting one.

“We want to grab these kids and help them believe they can do whatever they want before the world tries to tell them they can’t,” the talks show and game show host expressed.

To learn how your child can apply to Disney Dreamers Academy, go to www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Also, check out some photos from this year’s event.

Steve Harvey & Dreamers Academy participants

Steve Harvey & Dreamers Academy participants

 

 

 






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