Disney Shows Teens – If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It #DDA2012

BY: - 11 Mar '12 | inspiration

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Credit: Phelan Ebenhack

Credit: Phelan Ebenhack

Lamar and I are at Walt Disney World in Orlando covering the Disney’s Dreamers Academy, a four day event designed to inspire teens to dream big. This is our second year attending and we always walk away so inspired by what we learn not only from the speakers, but also from the teens who are determined to achieve their dreams in spite of life’s obstacles.

The Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine is in it’s fifth year. Steve Harvey says:

“God blesses you to become a blessing. This is why we do this.”

Michelle Eubanks, President of Essence Communications Inc said: “Essence is happy to be a part of a program that you actually see lives changing.” Essence ,whose in its second year of sponsoring this event, actually makes summer internships available to a handful of dreamers.

This experience is opening up a whole world of new possibilities for the teens as some of them have never been on an airplane. Tevyn Cole, a dreamer from the 2008 class, said: “Since the dreamers academy my thinking has changed…it’s become more broad.”

Tevyn shared that while he was at the Disney Dreamers Academy he saw an exhibit on Japan and said I want to go to Japan. The next year he was an exchange student in Japan and became an English teacher in South Korea. Tevyn, who is now a junior in college, creator of his own clothing line, School Me Clothing , and has just been given a summer job at Disney says that he is now a strong believer that you can speak your dreams into existence.

Even though there have been a little more than 500 dreamers, this program has impacted tens of thousands of lives as those dreamers go back to their families and communities and share the good news that:

“If you can dream it. You can be it.”

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 392 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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5 WordPress comments on “Disney Shows Teens – If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It #DDA2012

  1. Niambi

    Hello Ronnie!   I’m sorry you haven’t heard from me in a while.   I had surgery a few weeks ago and  I spent time recovering.   Thanks for sharing this.   It is very inspirational!   I hope you and Lamar are enjoying your time, relaxing and having lots of fun! :)

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    1. Ronnie_BMWK

       Hi Niambi…I have really missed your comments on the site.   I hope you are recovering well from your surgery.   I am glad you are back!!!

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  2. Niambi

    I just wanted to add that I think the children are learning a valuable lesson in how to give back.   When they become successful in their careers and in life  they will remember to reach back to their communities and help someone else to live their dreams.

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