For Immediate Release
February 22, 2011
Contact Information

Annette Gibbs
Walt Disney World Public Relations

Jessica Pipkins
Burrell Communications

(BPRW) Yolanda Adams and Raven Symone Headline Slate of Speakers at the 2011 Disney's Dreamers Academy

- Celebrities Participate in Outside-the-Classroom Educational Program -

(BLACK PR WIRE) -- WHO: Yolanda Adams and Raven Symone join comedian Steve Harvey and 112 students participating in the 2011 Disney’s Dreamers Academy. Other celebrities and speakers will include:
o Mikki Taylor - Essence Magazine
o Ruben Studdard - American Idol
o Terrence J - 106 & Park
o Dr. Steve Perry – educator and motivational speaker
o Marlon West - Walt Disney Animation Studios

WHAT: A four-day, power-packed, outside-the-classroom educational program where students are inspired, motivated, and prepared to achieve their dreams through “immersive” workshops that focus on a wide range of careers and professional topics including:

• Leadership Excellence – Dreamers learn top strategies for tomorrow’s business leaders from Disney executives who demonstrate how effective leadership produces innovation, shapes relationships, and improves the bottom line.
• Medicine/Veterinary Medicine - Dreamers get a “behind-the-scenes” look at the animal care facilities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
• Language/International Studies - Dreamers meet with executives from the Walt Disney World International Studies program and students from other countries working in the international pavilions at Epcot.
• Animation – Dreamers learn about the man who set the industry standard for animation – Walt Disney – as they explore the history, innovation and creative process of bringing characters to life.
• Entertainment - Dreamers go inside the American Idol Experience attraction and Disney Channel Rocks! stage show with some very special guests.

Coca-Cola is an official sponsor of the 2011 Disney’s Dreamers Academy sharing its “Open Happiness” program with student attendees.

WHERE: The Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

WHEN: March 3-6, 2011

WHY: Walt Disney World® created Disney’s Dreamers Academy in partnership with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine to encourage dreamers along their path to success, provide them with tools to help let their potential shine, and to convey that the power of dreaming can be the first step to achieving their goals.

Launched in 2007, Disney’s Dreamers Academy was developed to motivate students in grades 9-12 to achieve their dreams personally and professionally.