Moms ‘N Charge® is Going to Disney! #ddaDisney

If you’ve been on my blog or followed me on social media for any length of time, then you know that I am all about dreaming big, and inspiring others to do the same. So when I first heard about the Disney Dreamers Academy a few years back, it immediately became a part of my blogger goals to be able to cover this event. Well, that goal is becoming reality as I head to Walt Disney World tomorrow for this very thing.

What is the Disney Dreamers Academy?  Glad you asked!

“Approximately 100 ‘Dreamers’ selected from thousands of applicants across the country for ninth-annual career and mentoring event taking place in March…

The students, are taken on stage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms’ and students discover new careers and pursue their dreams while also creating fun memories that last a lifetime.”

First of all, Disney truly is a magical place in and of itself. But to bring all of these students together for this opportunity of a lifetime is just absolutely amazing. As if there aren’t already enough reasons to love Disney, I know that these students’ lives will never be the same after attending this Academy.

The Disney Dreamers Academy judges gathered at Walt Disney World Resort this year to select the Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2016. From left, Dr. Alex O. Ellis, Simply Ellis Custom Clothier CEO; Yolanda Adams, gospel music legend; Brandi Harvey, Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation executive director; Princeton Parker, Disney Dreamers Academy alumnus; Sonia Jackson Myles, founder and author of The Sister Accord; Mickey Mouse; Minnie Mouse; Mikki Taylor, ESSENCE magazine editor-at-large; Dr. Steve Perry, education advocate; Carole Munroe, director of public relations for Walt Disney World Resort; Karli Harvey, Steve Harvey Products creative director and Jonathan Sprinkles, award-winning motivational speaker. (Todd Anderson, photographer)
The Disney Dreamers Academy judges gathered at Walt Disney World Resort this year to select the Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2016. From left, Dr. Alex O. Ellis, Simply Ellis Custom Clothier CEO; Yolanda Adams, gospel music legend; Brandi Harvey, Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation executive director; Princeton Parker, Disney Dreamers Academy alumnus; Sonia Jackson Myles, founder and author of The Sister Accord; Mickey Mouse; Minnie Mouse; Mikki Taylor, ESSENCE magazine editor-at-large; Dr. Steve Perry, education advocate; Carole Munroe, director of public relations for Walt Disney World Resort; Karli Harvey, Steve Harvey Products creative director and Jonathan Sprinkles, award-winning motivational speaker. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

This magical four-day career and educational event in Disney World is in its’ ninth year and is hosted by television host and radio personality, Steve Harvey and Essence Communications.

The purpose of this event is to encourage the youth to dream big. They will be able to participate in hands-on workshops, as well as learn things like leadership skills, how to communicate effectively and how to network. These Dreamers are also exposed to motivational speakers and popular celebrities who can share their own stories about what it truly means to dream BIG.

(L-R) Disney Dreamers Academy participants Danyscia Jarvis, of Riverview, Fla., Shanese Campbell of West Park, Fla., and Lionell Wright of Belle Isle, Fla. pose March 5, 2015 with Minnie Mouse and television personality Steve Harvey during Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The eighth annual event, taking place March 5-8, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort, is a career-inspiration program for 100 high school students from across the U.S. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

(L-R) Disney Dreamers Academy participants Danyscia Jarvis, of Riverview, Fla., Shanese Campbell of West Park, Fla., and Lionell Wright of Belle Isle, Fla. pose March 5, 2015 with Minnie Mouse and television personality Steve Harvey during Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The eighth annual event, taking place March 5-8, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort, is a career-inspiration program for 100 high school students from across the U.S. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

As a parent who is constantly talking to my own children about dreaming big, I am truly honored to be able to attend this event first-hand and witness the magic of what can happen when we just take the time to invest in our youth. If we can spend time helping them believe in their own dreams, they will soon see there is nothing they can’t achieve if they put their mind to it.

Click here to check out this year’s list of 2016 Dreamers. Be sure to follow the hashtag #ddaDisney throughout social media for all event updates.

For more information about the Disney Dreamers Academy, as well as how your own dreamers can apply, visit: www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.

How do you teach your own children how to dream big?

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    Christine
    March 1, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    I am excited for you!! What a dream! Mixing work and Fun at the most magical place on earth!! 🙂
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    Mimi Green
    March 1, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    I’m so excited for you, this is indeed an opportunity of a life time. {Adding it my own vision board} I talk to the kids a lot about dreaming big. I share my dreams with them and allow them to see how they unfold.

    I hear Steve Harvey talk about this on the radio all the time and it warms my heart. The stories frequently bring tears to my eyes. This is the feel good kind of work you set out to do. Only to discover you’ve been blessed even more than you expected.
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    Siobhan (BeFree Project)
    March 1, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    My family and I went to Disney in 2014 and we had a blast. I can’t wait to see your recap post of your experience I know you and your family are going to have so much fun.

    Siobhan
    http://www.befreeproject.com

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    Veronica S
    March 2, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    This is amazing Christine! Congratulations on this and everything that you have masterfully been a part of. You are truly inspiring!! Looking forward to seeing how everything goes.

    I teach my own children how to dream big by affirming to them that I belief in their passions while nurturing their growth.

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