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Approximately 100 “Dreamers” selected from thousands of applicants across the country for ninth-annual career and mentoring event taking place in March

Approximately 100 students from across America, chosen by Grammy® Award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams, Dr. Steve Perry, Mikki Taylor and more, will soon pack their bags for a fabulous, fun-filled and educational trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

The names and faces of this year’s participants in Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, March 3-6, 2016, have been revealed.

“We try to find young people who are so amazing and are doing great things in schools and their communities,” said Adams during the selection process last fall.

Mission accomplished.

This year’s students were selected from thousands of applicants who answered a series of essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. In addition to Adams, Perry, and Taylor, the judging panel included: The Sister Accordfounder and author Sonia Jackson Myles; award-winning motivational speakerJonathan Sprinkles; Simply Ellis Custom Clothier CEO Dr. Alex O. Ellis; Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation executive director Brandi Harvey; Steve Harvey Products creative director Karli Harvey; and professional speaker and Disney Dreamers Academy alumnus Princeton Parke

In 2015, judges did the hard work of sorting through amazing applications in an effort to narrow it down to just 100 students (Photo Credit: Walt Disney World® Resort

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