Two NJ students selected to participate in Disney Dreamers Academy

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Walt Disney World (Image by Ricardo Guzman from Pixabay)
By Bradford Mason
Managing Editor

Two New Jersey students area heading to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

Sydney Cobb, 16, of East Windsor from The Hun School in Princeton and Sandie Munoz, 15, of Maplewood from Columbia High School are among the 100 students selected to part of the annual event taking place March 12 - 15.

Now in its 13th year, the Disney Dreamers Academy is a part of Walt Disney World’s commitment to helping the next generation of young people by inspiring them at a critical time in their development. The Disney Dreamers Academy theme is “Be100,” encouraging teens to be positive, to be “all in” and to carry what they learn back with them so they can pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.

Cobb plans to go to college where she wants to major in business concentrating on marketing and entrepreneurship with hopes of starting her own business in the beauty industry. Munoz has dreams of starting her own cupcake company and also being an FBA agent to solve crimes.

“After 12 successful years, we know the profound impact this program has on these students,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “One dream can change the world, and through Disney Dreamers Academy we hope to help these amazing teens turn their dreams into reality.”

Sydney Cobb (left) and Sandie Munoz (Disney photos)
Participating students, known as “Disney Dreamers,” embark on a journey throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks. The students get the opportunity to interact with Harvey and other celebrities and motivational speakers. Past celebrity participants have included singer NE-YO, NBA legend and business mogul Magic Johnson, the star of the Disney’s upcoming live-action “Little Mermaid” Halle Bailey, gospel music star Yolanda Adams, and personalities and cast members from across the Disney corporate family.

Students participate in immersive career-oriented workshops that explore a wide range of career disciplines found at Walt Disney World, learning life tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills and networking strategies.

“I know from personal experience that big dreams lead to big success,” said Harvey. “Disney understands that concept better than any other company and that is why I partner with them every year on this program to encourage big dreams for the next generation.”

Since 2008, Walt Disney World Resort has provided all-expenses-paid trips to more than 1,200 students, plus a parent or guardian, to participate in the annual Disney Dreamers Academy. Students are selected from thousands of applicants who answered essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future.

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