LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Teens from across the country with big dreams and aspirations can be nominated during September to be part of the Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey class of 2009. One hundred high school students will be selected from among those nominated to participate in the academy Feb. 12-15, 2009, at Walt Disney World Resort.
An event created to inspire and enrich high school students, Disney’s Dreamers Academy will include workshops with Disney cast members and executives, sessions with entertainment celebrities and professional athletes, and time to enjoy the Disney theme parks – where participants can see, first-hand, the results of people who turned their dreams into careers as “Disney dreamers.” The student participants will learn about careers in everything from culinary arts to animation, set design and show production to the business of sports and more.
During the inaugural Disney’s Dreamers Academy in January 2008, some of the guest speakers were Chef Jeff Henderson, National Football League Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, pop/R&B recording artists Fantasia and Keyshia Cole, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and, of course, syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey.
The Disney’s Dreamers Academy class of 2009 will be made up of teens nominated between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, 2008. Young dreamers – who must be enrolled in high school for the 2008-09 term – can be nominated by anyone, including parents, guardians, teachers, church members, social organizations – even themselves. Although a high GPA is not required, students must exhibit a desire to learn, perhaps needing only additional motivational support to excel. Nomination forms can be found at
A select panel of judges including Steve Harvey, community leaders and Disney representatives will choose the 100 finalists. The Disney’s Dreamers Academy class of 2009 will be announced in November 2008.
“We received more than 3,000 nominations for the first Disney’s Dreamers Academy in 2008,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “Due to that incredible response, we’re really looking forward to continuing the academy in 2009.”
Harvey said Disney’s Dreamers Academy “is about inspiring our young people who oftentimes don’t have the chance to be exposed to a variety of job skills and job opportunities and meet with people in the fields they’re interested in. We want to give our young achievers the tools to become overachievers – to make their dreams a reality.”