Meet the 2013-2014 Disney Dreamers Academy Champion Ambassadors! #DDA2014

Disney Dreamers Last March I had the honor to attend  Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence’ Magazine. This awesome program motivates teens to achieve their own particular goals and encourage them on a path to success. Students are involved with many workshops that present the tools they will need to turn dreams into reality.

Each year, in a robust four-day series of events, the Dreamers engage in a wide range of experiences while working hand in hand with community and industry leaders, Disney Cast Members and some of today’s top celebrities. Dreamers not only learn how to motivate themselves, but also how to inspire their friends, families and communities.


Last year, Disney Dreamers Academy launched the Disney Dreamers Academy Champions program aimed to inspire the next generation of Dreamers to pursue their dreams. These talented alumni served as national spokespersons and brand ambassadors for Disney Dreamers Academy, traveling across the country to share Disney Dreamers Academy’s goals and message of dreaming big.

This year, five more gifted alumni were selected to serve as the 2013/2014 Disney Dreamers Academy Champions. Over the course of the year, the new Champions will encourage future Dreamers and empower alumni to continue to aim for success. The Champions will also serve as guest contributors for Disney Dreamers Academy’s social media channels. As Dreamers themselves, the Champions know what it takes to go after their goals – whether it’s in performing arts or learning new languages.

DDA Champions program Ambassadors - 2013-2014

Meet the 2013-2014 Champions

Avery Davis is now a sophomore at Valparaiso University double-majoring in Music and Chinese. He plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Studies and desires to teach English as a second language to Chinese students. Avery is a member of the Traditional Chinese Orchestra and is also a volunteer music instructor. He is a gifted photographer with his work being shown in his campus newspaper and Integrated Marketing Department

Brenaea Fairchild is now a sophomore at Princeton University majoring in Spanish with a minor in French. She is also pursuing a certificate in translation and her teacher certification. She wants to transform America’s education system by establishing a network of schools. Brenaea is a member of Princeton’s Gospel Ensemble, and an administrator/choreographer for Dancing to Christ’s Beat. She co-founded Sisterhood, a club dedicated to service.

Ebony Johnson is a senior at East Carolina University majoring in Hospitality Management with a minor in Business Administration. She has been running her own business, Ebby-Cakes, since the age of 15 as a baker and cake decorator. She also plans to manage her own food service establishment after graduation. Ebony has been featured in Sister2Sister magazine, on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, and in her local newspaper.

Michael Balcom is a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Economics with a minor in Theatre. He made the Dean’s list as a freshman and plans to attend Harvard Law School after graduation. Michael received President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award and is an Eagle Scout. He is a natural performer and his talents include acting, coaching, gymnastics, juggling, cheerleading, comedy hypnosis, and playing the saxophone.
Taylor Carter is a sophomore at Indiana University Northwest with plans to major in Vocal Performance at Ball State School of Music. She aspires to be a professional entertainer on Broadway and beyond. Taylor has played roles in Phantom of the Opera as “Christine Daee” and as “Fantine” in Les Miserables. She is a gold medalist for the NAACP-ACTSO competition and wishes to start a performing arts camp to inspire and motivate others.


Pretty awesome group of young people. I have all my fingers and toes crossed in hopes I am invited back next year!

You can read about my coverage  of DDA2013 by clicking on the “Travelin’ Shoes” tab at the top of this page. This event was part of my ‘Grannys Sail Away Adventure’ Trip.

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18 Responses to Meet the 2013-2014 Disney Dreamers Academy Champion Ambassadors! #DDA2014

  1. Milena says:

    I had heard about this program briefly before, but I knew nothing about it. What a wonderful thing for Disney to do! You had an awesome opportunity to be part of something so special. I hope you get to go back!
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  2. Kristyn says:

    i had no idea such a program existed. This is such a wonderful opportunity you were a part of how exciting!
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  3. Dawn Lopez says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this but it sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing it! Hope you can go back this year, looking forward to reading your update 😉
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  4. brett says:

    what an honor- and a COOL program!! congrats!
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  5. I heard about this last spring and was so impressed by the program. What a marvelous thing for youth.
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  6. What a great opportunity!
    I have never heard about this program but it sounds exciting!
    I hope you get a chance to go back!

  7. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    What a fabulous program. It is fantastic that these kids are being recognized for their achievements and can be time models for their peers.

  8. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    What a fabulous program. Giving these amazing kids recognition for their achievements is wonderful. Hopefully they will be role models for their peers.

  9. Shauna says:

    Wow, what an amazing program… Thanks so much for bringing such a great program to our attention…

  10. This is a great program for some great kids. Disney has always been there for those who work hard at their education.
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  11. This is such a great program! I know of quite teens who could have benefited from this!

  12. kathy balman says:

    I’ve never heard about this program, how cool!
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  13. How fun! All those accomplishments are inspiring!
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  14. We had heard about this last year. My sister sent me a link to the app for my son. Unfortunately he did not have time to apply. Disney Dreamers is a wonderful program. Congratulations to all the champions.
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  15. I have heard quite a bit about this program. It is nice to read this and see some of the children involved.
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  16. What an awesome program and Disney is amazing; they help soo many people in soo many ways; thanks for sharing and congrats to the new Ambassadors… Way to go
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  17. I never heard of this program but it sounds great!
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  18. Thanks for sharing- what a great program!
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