The Disney brand is not just about entertainment. It is also a conduit for programs that stress education, encouragement, and community involvement. One such program is the Disney Dreamers Academy.

The Disney Dreamers Academy is a four-day event, for 100 chosen students, that is held at Walt Disney World, which exposes attendees to a lifetime of successes through motivational speakers, guidance, and skills to help make all of their future dreams come true.


Program alumna Jacqueline Means returned to the Walt Disney World Resort sporting a new title-Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen. Means had the opportunity to visit with the young attendees and show of her own crown as she posed with Princess Tiana at the Magic Kingdom Park.

This past March, Means was one of the 100 high school students who participated in the program. Means has a passion for STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, which has led her to launching the Wilmington STEM Initiative. This new project gives underprivileged girls in Wilmington, Delaware the opportunity to participate in STEM initiatives. Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine also lend their support of the four-day event with hosting students and giving them real life advice on career experience.

The Disney Dreamers Academy is now accepting applications for the class of 2020. If selected, students will, according to their website:

  • Get energized by mentors like Steve Harvey who blazed their own trails to success.
  • Expand your horizons at career workshops.
  • Develop skills—like interviewing, networking and even dressing for success—that give you an edge in the workplace.
  • Receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations and theme park tickets for yourself and a parent or guardian.

Interested in applying? Well, applicants must be in high school, between the ages of 13 and 19, and complete an application before October 31, 2019. Are you a dreamer just like Jacqueline Means? Click here to apply and find out!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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