Why Your Students Should Apply – Disney Dreamers Academy 2015! #DDA2015

May_ddaLogoLast year, a panel from Disney, Steve Harvey, and Essence Magazine selected 100 “Dreamers” out of 10,000 applicants from an essay competition for the Academy. They then flew the 100 Dreamers (plus one guardian) to Walt Disney World for the 4-Day Academy, free of charge in 2014. The students went through rigorous courses where they learn more about dreams, success and experiences within their “dream” career path.

Why should young students apply for this inspiring event? Well, Let’s look at it from one 2014 student’s perspective, Justin Bell.

dda-perspectives-justin-bellJustin’s motivation to apply to the Disney Dreamers Academy stemmed from his desire to extend a helping hand to kidney transplant patients around the globe (his mother was diagnosed with kidney disease). “I feel like it’s my responsibility to do non-profit work and give back to people as much as I possibly can,” he said during Disney Dreamers Academy 2014.

With support from the Academy, Justin learned key entrepreneurial business skills to help grow his foundation in a Deep Dive with Sonia Jackson Myles, Speakers Resource Group member and author of The Sister Accord and 16-year-old CEO of Bledsoe Technologies, Jaylen Bledsoe.

dda-news-facts-figures-2014Additionally, Justin received the rare opportunity to seek guest speaker Magic Johnson’s advice. Magic encouraged Justin to “always do every job to the best of your abilities.” Now, as a Disney Dreamers Academy graduate, Justin is equipped with the additional tools and insights he needs to achieve his dreams. Justin successfully launched the Helping Individuals Needing Transplants (HINT) Foundation, which provides comfort items to transplant patients.

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Disney seeks students with a winning combination of attributes that reflect strong character, a positive attitude and the persistence to take advantage of opportunities.

Key Attributes:

  • Intellectually curious – Creative and quick-witted
  • Compassionate – Giving, especially to those who need assistance
  • Courageous – Brave and spirited, a survivor who overcomes obstacles
  • Leader – The “go-to” person, pursues ideas with passion

Attitude:

  • Dreams about the future
  • Exhibits a positive approach to life
  • Is grateful and humble
  • Takes advantage of resources

Does this sound like someone you know? Then direct them to this page, for now is the time for a dreamer to get the tools to help make his or her dream come true—in the Disney Dreamers Academy 2015!

Applications will be accepted from April 1 through October 31, 2014.  Go HERE to start your application…

Want to find out more about Disney Dreamers Academy 2014… Look at the right side bar for my coverage of this awesome event.

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38 Responses to Why Your Students Should Apply – Disney Dreamers Academy 2015! #DDA2015

  1. The Disney Dreamers Academy is an amazing opportunity for kids and I think they should apply, too!
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  2. Very inspirational! Justin is doing some great work because of Disney’s influence!
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  3. Mickey says:

    This looks great! My kids are still too young to apply. :)
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  4. Tracey says:

    The Disney Dreamers Academy is an amazing opportunity for kids. Very inspirational !
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  5. My kids are still too young but I hope this is around for when they are older!!
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  6. Wow. Justin is a very compassionate person and this was a great opportunity for him. My baby boy is still too young for this, but it’s nice to be aware of this. I had never heard of it before now.

  7. Mitch says:

    I had no idea about this program! And I am a big Disney fan. My son would love to participate in something like this, he always thinks outside the box, this looks like a great tool for him to continue to expand his horizons.
    thanks,
    Mitch
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  8. Autumn says:

    This sounds like an amazing opportunity for incredible individuals! Justin’s story is so wonderful.
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  9. Jaime says:

    What a great program for some really inspiring kids! My child is too young, but I definitely must pass this along to my teacher friends.
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  10. Wow! I had no idea about this. When my oldest gets a little older, she will be the perfect applicant!
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  11. Bekki says:

    I just sent the link to my daughter. She would be perfect!!
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  12. Sounds like a neat opportunity. Would love the chance to be a part of the Dreamers academy.
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  13. MommaDJane says:

    I had never heard of this academy before. It sounds amazing and like such a great opportunity for kids. Plus who doesn’t love Disney?!
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  14. Veronica says:

    This sounds like a great opportunity. I used to love writing essays when I was in high school. My kids, not so much
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  15. Amanda Her says:

    This is a great program for older kids. I had no idea Disney offered something like this.
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  16. Jenn says:

    Wonderful initiative. What a cool experience for those who are chosen!
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  17. Kandi says:

    Oh my nephew would love this! I am going to send this to my sister and try to convince her that he needs this!
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  18. Shell says:

    What an amazing program. I hope they continue doing this for years to come. My oldest would love this- his dream is to design rides for amusement parks.
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  19. Felicia says:

    What a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for sharing this.
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  20. Liz Mays says:

    I think kids who are a part of the program are so lucky. It’s really a wonderful, wonderful thing.
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  21. Debbie L. says:

    Such a great program – sharing on Facebook! Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

  22. I love hearing about this program! It’s always so refreshing to hear about people doing great things in the world and dreaming big.
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  23. What an amazing, life changing opportunity! Kids need to know that it is ok to dream big.
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  24. I’d never heard of this program before. W/hat a great way to encourage children!
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  25. That is an amazing opportunity. I hope children are encouraged to apply!
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  26. Rosey says:

    Well this is a great idea! What a wonderful opportunity too!

  27. Disney is always promoting great campaigns! What a great way to recognize out young people!
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  28. What an absolutely fantastic program and a wonderful opportunity for those 100 dreamers chosen :)
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  29. Theresa says:

    Kudos to the kids who get selected! They will be the strong leaders of their generation. What a fabulous program for Disney to run for them!
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  30. Dina says:

    My kids would love to take part in this. I’m going to have them fill it out.

  31. Amanda says:

    This seems like it would be a great program and so much fun. I wish I could go! :)
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  32. Melinda says:

    what a great opportunity. my daughter would be great for this
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  33. What a great program! I love the idea of promoting future oriented thoughts in children.
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  34. Dawn says:

    That sounds like so much fun! I will show this to my daughter.
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  35. Christie says:

    WOW, what a neat opportunity! Disney never ceases to amaze me
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  36. Cara says:

    What at great program! I never knew it existed going to keep it in mind for my children!
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  37. Mary says:

    I have seen this for many years and each year I amazed at the quality men and women that are chosen. So happy that they are our future.
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  38. This sounds like an amazing program! And such a great opportunity to a young entrepreneour!
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