5 Reasons to Encourage Your Child to Apply for the Disney Dreamers Academy #DDADisney

The deadline for the 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy is quickly approaching. Earlier this year, I was invited to attend an all-expense paid press trip to Walt Disney World to experience DDA first-hand. I had no idea what was in store, but to this day, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my blogging career.

This is why I have declared myself a brand ambassador for the Disney Dreamers Academy. Never heard of it before? Here it is in a nutshell from the DDA website:

We’re looking for Dreamers for next year’s Disney Dreamers Academy, a program designed to give young people the tools they need to make their dreams come true. Potential Dreamers must be between the ages of 13 and 19, living in the United States and be enrolled in high school, grades 9 through 12, when applying. For a complete list of rules, go here.

Here’s a recap of what I’ve shared so far about the Disney Dreamers Academy:

  1. Covering DDA
  2. Princeton Parker & Lance Gross share tips on raising a dreamer
  3. Tips for parents and kids on being a Dreamer
  4. Homeschooling Dreamer shares DDA experience
  5. Celebrity moms share tips for dreaming big

I was online recently and saw a highlights video (see below) from this year’s DDA experience. And I instantly wanted to share more information and to help get the word out to those who have children eligible to apply.

High school students kick off a special parade March 3, 2016 saluting Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The ninth annual event, taking place March 3-6, 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort, is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

High school students kick off a special parade March 3, 2016 saluting Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The ninth annual event, taking place March 3-6, 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort, is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

So in case my previous posts don’t give enough insight and information, here are a few reasons why your child should absolutely apply to be a part of the 10th Disney Dreamers Academy celebration in Walt Disney World:

Confidence

I literally saw students transform before our eyes from the first day of the Academy to the last. DDA builds up confidence in students to know that it absolutely doesn’t matter where you come from. One thing I always wished I had more of growing up was confidence. Attending DDA will give your child the boost they need to conquer their dreams.

Character building

The Disney Dreamers Academy teaches students about the importance of their character. Through workshops and various activities, students will leave with a much stronger foundation than that in which they came. The earlier on in life that students can understand the impact their character can have on their destiny, the better.

Empowerment

DDA empowers students to go beyond what they know. Students come from all over the US to attend this special event. They come from all walks of life with various circumstances. But regardless of where they come from, they will leave feeling empowered to create and go after the life they really want.

Comfort zone

When I think about how much my life would’ve been impacted by a program like DDA, I think about the importance of learning how to get out of our comfort zones. DDA will push students to push past their comfort zones. It will give them the tools they need to dream bigger than they ever thought possible.

Exposure

The students that come to DDA get exposed to opportunities and experiences that most college students and young adults don’t even get exposed to (heck, even some mature adults have never experienced anything like this). The impact that this exposure will have on them is guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Check out the highlights from the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy:

Still have questions about the application process and the experience that the Dreamers will get to have? I ran across these two videos by 2016 Dreamer, Chase Tyler. He explains the application process, overview and schedule day-by-day.

Check out Chase’s Part 1 and Part 2 video breakdown of his experience.

Remember: If you have a child between the ages of 13 and 19, living in the United States and enrolled in high school, grades 9 through 12, encourage them to apply.  For a complete list of rules, CLICK HERE.

Disney Dreamers join (behind Mickey Mouse L-R) Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large for Essence Magazine, Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, Inc., radio and TV personality Steve Harvey, Tracey D. Powell, executive champion of Disney Dreamers Academy, and Mickey Mouse on March 6, 2016 to celebrate the commencement of the ninth Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The annual event is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Gregg Newton, photographer)

Disney Dreamers join (behind Mickey Mouse L-R) Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large for Essence Magazine, Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, Inc., radio and TV personality Steve Harvey, Tracey D. Powell, executive champion of Disney Dreamers Academy, and Mickey Mouse on March 6, 2016 to celebrate the commencement of the ninth Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The annual event is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Gregg Newton, photographer)


Earlier this year I was invited to attend the Disney Dreamers Academy, which was sponsored by Walt Disney World. As always, the thoughts and opinions are my own.  For more information about the Disney Dreamers Academy, and to apply by the October 31st deadline, CLICK HERE

 

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