Four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and television executive producer Kelly Rowland was among the well-known celebrities participating in the landmark 15th year of Disney Dreamers Academy, an educational mentorship program created and hosted by Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.
Rowland was the program’s ambassador and served as a mentor and advocate during the March 3-6 event, which aims to broaden career awareness and create exclusive enrichment opportunities for the 100 Black high school students and teens from underrepresented communities being hosted by Walt Disney World Resort.
“Mentorship is an experience I treasure, and the opportunity to invest my time into these students is incredible,” Rowland said. “I’m excited to work with them and watch how they grow throughout the program.”
Rowland shared personal insights with the students, drawing from her own unique experience as a pre-teen performer than as a teenager in one of the best-selling female groups of all time, Destiny’s Child. She has gone on to become a multi-platinum-certified recording artist on her own with more than 40 million records sold.
During the weekend program, Rowland was joined by several other celebrity speakers as well as community leaders, business executives, and educators, who nurtured and inspired the students, including fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, gospel artist Kierra Sheard, R&B recording artist Mali Music, actress Faithe Herman of the NBC drama series “This Is Us” and actress Demi Singleton, who played tennis star Serena Williams in the Oscar-nominated film “King Richard” and starred in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, among others.
The impactful program introduced the Disney Dreamers to an array of new immersions, such as sessions teaching valuable life tools as well as leadership skills, effective communication techniques, and networking strategies. Some of these immersions were supported by the program’s sponsors, such as State Farm.
Students also experienced in-depth career workshops in a variety of disciplines aligned with their dreams. These workshops introduced the Disney Dreamers to diverse career paths within the business, entertainment, and sciences, including career opportunities within The Walt Disney Company.
The Disney Dreamers Academy program is an important part of Disney’s commitment to supporting diverse communities, such as Black America, by encouraging the next generation to think big and to carry what they learn with them back home, so they can relentlessly pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.
Over the years, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired more than 1,300 students from across the country. Each year, graduates have gone on to become doctors, engineers, performing artists, entrepreneurs, and more, and some have transitioned into mentors to the Disney Dreamers who followed them.
For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on social media at Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy, Twitter.com/DreamersAcademy, and Instagram.com/disneydreamersacademy.
by Disney Career Recruitment