Jax Student Named Ambassador for Steve Harvey’s Disney Dreamer’s Academy

Pictured from left to right: Aisha Louis, Jonathan Johnson, Matthew Young, Mickey Mouse, Disney Vice President of Global Initiatives and Integrations/Disney Dreamers Academy Executive Champion Tracey D. Powell, Rachel Pence and Imani McClendon.


After already distinguishing themselves among thousands to be selected for the exclusive Disney Dreamers Academy, five program alumni have further differentiated themselves by being chosen to serve as program ambassadors, also known as Champions, for the 2015-2016 year. The selected students will act as Disney Dreamers Academy national spokespersons, social media contributors and mentors for the next class of 100 Dreamers. Disney Dreamers Academy is an annual four-day educational and mentoring program for high school students created by Walt Disney World Resort and hosted by Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

Among the new ambassadors is Matthew Young of Jacksonville, Fla., a recent graduate of Stanton College Prep. Class of 2014 This year’s other Disney Dreamers Academy Champions are:

  • Imani McClendon; Union, N.J.; Class of 2012
  • Aisha Louis; Hollywood, Fla.; Class of 2013
  • Jonathan Johnson; Irvington, N.J.; Class of 2015
  • Rachel Pence; Charleston, W. Va.; Class of 2014

Having graduated its eighth class in March, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and prepare for the future. Each year, 100 students selected from among thousands applicants participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a bevy of career paths ranging from animation to zoology at the Walt Disney World Resort. Participants, also known as Dreamers, learn important skills such as communication techniques and networking strategies from renowned entrepreneurs, executives and celebrity speakers.

The Champions platform was formed in 2012 to showcase the success of the program’s alumni and inspire future applicants. The newly selected Champions will represent Disney Dreamers Academy at select Walt Disney World-sponsored events throughout the country. This year’s Champions were chosen from a pool of alumni from the program’s eight classes.

“Our Champions have been a great resource for sharing the message of Disney Dreamers Academy and the personal impact the program has had on their lives,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “This year’s Champions represent yet another exceptional group with big dreams and compelling stories. We are confident they will be great representatives of Disney Dreamers Academy and an inspiration to future applicants.”

The 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 3 to 6. High school students nationwide can now apply at www.disneydreamersacademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

For more information visit www.disneysdreamersacademy.com, follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/disneysdreamersacademy or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dreamersacademy.

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