Disney’s Dreamers Academy Inspires Black Teens to Dream Big


Black high school students have until October 31 to apply to Disney’s the once-in-a-lifetime inspirational program targeting Black teens from underrepresented communities. The program— established by Walt Disney World in 2008—Black high school students (ages 13 to 19) to dream beyond imagination by providing life-long access to personalized support for the Disney Dreamer, their caregivers and community through insightful content and uplifting experts, mentors and sponsors.

Each year, 100 high school students and a parent or guardian are awarded an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to participate in hands-on, immersive career workshops ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns communication techniques, leadership qualities and networking strategies, plus they are inspired by Disney cast members and special guests who provide insights into how to achieve success and dream big.

The four-day experience transforms the Disney theme parks into vibrant classrooms, leading to career discoveries and fun memories that last a lifetime. The program has produced many success stories, inspiring students to become engineers, journalists, influencers, entertainers, filmmakers, conservationists and more.

“After 15 years, we continue to be excited to welcome the next class of Disney Dreamers,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “This program has provided us with a tremendous opportunity to help inspire high school students from across the nation to follow their dreams. The impact we have seen on the students over the years is inspiring to us and life-changing for the Disney Dreamers.”

Those applying to the program 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. They, along with a parent or guardian, will then receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

For more information or to apply, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.