I'm always reminded of the Langston Hughes poem, Harlem, A Dream Deferred, when I speak with my kids about their dreams and goals. Historically, this poem discusses the racial injustices that Black Americans faced at what was supposed to be the end of slavery. To avoid the history lesson, let's just say it discusses how some were living the American Dream while others longed for the opportunity.
As a parent, I always tell my kids to reach for the stars and while I see sparkle in their eyes, I am just not sure they know what that means or how to achieve it. Last week, the wonderful people of Disney came to join and provided great information on one way to help your teen see their dreams unfold. Disney Dreamers Academy in partnership with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine was created to inspire high school students to dream big and start now.
This 4 day event where 100 teens and a chaperone from across the country “participate in a series of sessions and workshops held within the magical setting of Walt Disney World Resort, virtually turning the theme parks into vibrant classrooms where Dreamers can imagine bright futures, make exciting discoveries and learn how to put their goals into action. are inspired and reminded to reach for the stars.” It is easy to tell our kids what to do but often times a lot harder to show them which is why Disney Dreamers Academy also pours into the chaperones. They are also given the opportunity to partake in activities that inspire them to dream big.
I believe one of the worst things in life is living with regrets. Langston asks does a “dream deferred fester like a sore” Dreams are like fresh fruit, sweet and shiny but when left to rot, it becomes unrecognizable. This inner turmoil leads to a life of regrets. Let Disney Dreamer Academy alumni William Williams tell you about the Power of Courage and Faith. I learned that while at Disney Dreamers Academy, he basically did what he could to not stand out but this 4 day powerful event elicited something in him and here is the result. He is a Dreamer!
Do you know a Dreamer!
If they are residents of the United States, between the ages of 13-19 and in high school, please have them apply by visiting https://www.disneydreamersacademy.com/be-a-dreamer/apply/ Applications are accepted until October 31, 2017. The application is simple and just requires the answering of three questions.
Please share this rewarding experience so they can be a Dreamer!!!
Disclosure: Disney invited me to an event to learn about the program but all opinions are my own