Disney's Dreamers Academy Kicks Off

One hundred high school students will get a jump on finding their dream career. 

Posted: 03/08/2012 01:30 PM EST

Finding the right career is never easy, but 100 lucky students will get some help on that front thanks to the fifth annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine this weekend.


Launched in 2007, the Dreamers Academy helps students explore their options by providing a series of career workshops, networking events and motivational seminars. Students will have a lot to choose from: computer science, dance, aviation, engineering and acting are just some of the seminars they’ll be able to attend. This year, the event’s theme is all about dreaming big, and to shepherd the young adults, a bevy of celebrity guests will be on hand, including event host Steve Harvey, CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, Yolanda Adams and motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles.


The opportunity is open to students in grades 9-12, and while thousands apply, only 100 are chosen. They are stars in their classrooms and have found ways to make a difference in their communities (click here for photos of some of last year’s Dreamers). This year’s retreat is a special milestone as the 500th student will graduate from the program.


The four-day conference kicks off today and runs through Sunday, March 11. BET.com will be reporting from the summit in Orlando and will follow some of the teens as they dive into all the Disney's Dreamers Academy has to offer.

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