The second day of Disney Dreamers Academy was filled with more opportunities for the students to learn about what is possible for their future. Under the theme “Discover the Possibilities”, the morning began with a networking session, where the students were able to speak with professionals from various fields.
This was a great opportunity for the young dreamers to gain insights and advice from those who have already made their mark in the world. In addition, they received reminders about being #BE100 in everything they do. This means living with purpose and holding themselves and others accountable to high standards. Throughout the day, the students had deep dives into different professions with people who are experts in their respective fields.
They learned about what it takes to be successful and how they can achieve their dreams. It was an enlightening experience for all of the students, and they are already eager to put what they’ve learned into action.
Alumni members Raevon Redding and Princeton Parker reminded the Dreamers “The Power of a Dream” as alumni members Sanah Jivani, N'Naserri Carew-Johnson, Avery Davis Kayla Michele, Ashley Breedlove, and April Breedlove shared why networking and leadership skills matter.
Later in the morning begins the Disney Dreamers Academy Career Academy Exposes. Students are divided by their professional interests to hear from and network with Disney cast members and other top professionals about a vast array of career opportunities in those interest areas
ESPN's Undefeated host Kelly Carter lead the Academy of Entertainment, Design, Media, Sports & Storytelling, Dreamer Alum and Motivational Speaker Princeton Parker lead the Academy of Business, Social Media, & Service Careers and Music Executive Mike Muse lead the Academy of Sciences, Technology, & Storytelling.
Disney Dreamers Academy “Deep Dive”
Deep dives start the afternoon as Dreamers are separated into smaller groups, where they receive a more personalized experience based on their career interests. These sessions are held at Disney University and various locations throughout Disney Parks.
I stopped by the session being held at Disney University and listened to discussions on entrepreneurship, Government services, technology and National Geography. These Dreamers are ready tackle the hard questions that many adults are afraid to ask.
Be 100 Empowerment Networking Dinner: Uplifted & Empowered hosted by Hallmark Mahogany where the Shindellas performed before an informative panel of motivating speakers.
The “Be 100 Empowerment Session” ended the busy day where students were separated based on their interests including entertainment (Authenticity is a brand) careers, service (Servant Leadership) careers and science and tech (The Power of Your Dream) careers.
Disney Dreamers Academy 2022: By the Numbers
▪2: Disney Dreamers who are class presidents of their schools
▪3:Disney Dreamers Academy Career Exposés showcasing an array of job opportunities in the career area of their preference, such asentertainment, business and STEM
▪5: Alumni returning to participate in this year’s event
▪9: Disney Dreamers who run their own businesses or charity organizations
▪10: Students from New York, the state with the highest representation this year, followed by 9 students each from Georgia, Maryland and Texas
▪11: The number of college scholarships awarded to students from underrepresented communities attending Historically Black Colleges and Universitiesas part ofDisney Dreamer Academy’snew partnership with ESPN’s The Undefeated and GRAMMY-nominated rap artist Cordae
▪12: Hands-on career workshops known as Deep Dives, based on the students’ career interests
▪15: Years of Disney Dreamers Academy
▪22: Number of miles Orlando-area student Roxie R. will travel to attend Disney Dreamers Academy, making her the closest in proximity
▪24: Disney Dreamers interested inbecoming scientists or engineers, the most popular career path among the students, followed by 23 students who seeka career as entrepreneurs
▪25: States represented at this year’s event
▪55: Students from the South region of the United States (there are also 20 students from the Northeast, 13 from the Midwest and 12 from the West)