Terrence Jenkins Talks Mentorship & Disney Dreamers Academy 2014 Applications #DDA2014

At a recent media event for Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA) 2014 announcement, E! News host Terrence Jenkins spoke about mentoring through the program and celebrating the launch of his new book, “The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom”.

Terrence J at Disney Dreamers Academy 2014 Event

Note: I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

During the event Terrence spoke about his life and how the support and encouragement of his mother helped him towards the success he has today. Lisa Gonzalez, Terrance's mother, also spoke about parenting as a single mom and not losing her focus with Terrence. No matter what she always kept her connection with him an encouraged him to dream.

Terrence J at Disney Dreamers Academy 2014 Event

The encouragement to dream and achieve your personal goal is one of the main ideas behind the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. In the below video, Terrence speaks about some of the special moment's that happen while participates are at the Disney Dreamers Academy.


The Disney Dreamer’s Academy is an outside-the-classroom educational and mentoring program for U.S. high school students ages 13-19.

Each year, 100 students – selected from thousands of applicants -participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to career paths ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques and networking strategies.

Disney Dreamers Academy participants

During the event 2 Disney Dreamers Academy participants Husain Abd’Allah (2013) and Zahra Abd’Allah (2012) shared how participating in Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired and motivated them to follow their dreams.

Disney Dreamers Academy gives participants access to motivational speakers and celebrities who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

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Participants and a parent or guardian will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where they will engage in life-changing sessions and enjoy Disney’s magical theme parks.

This December, a distinguished panel of leaders from the communications, education and entertainment industries will judge the applications. Winners will be announced in early 2014. The 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 6 – 9, 2014

Applications for Disney Dreamers Academy are open through Oct. 31.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit www.disneysdreamersacademy.com



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17 comments:

  1. I never heard of this before--what a marvelous idea. I am glad to hear that Disney is not all about profit!!

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  2. This is so promising. I hope they keep this up. Our youth really need more programs like this to keep them focused and determined, despite the brutalities we witness in our world everyday.

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  3. I have never heard of this before! I love the idea.

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  4. What a fun event. I too have never heard of this so thank you for telling us about this great program.

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  5. Wow this sounds amazing I would have loved to have taken part as a teen I would have thought, such an inspiring course. x

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  6. This would be such an amazing opportunity to be able to take advantange of as a youth. I love that Disney always encourages to dream big!

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  7. I have always loved Disney and now love them even more. Any organization that helps kids reach their dreams is great. I enjoyed reading about Terrence and his supportive mom too!

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  8. Disney always has so amazing things that they back. And they are amazing at business so I'm sure that they teach that aspect of these kids' dreams too.

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  9. Dream Big! I love that. This sounds like a great organization and program that will really make a difference in the lives of these teens.

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  10. They are focusing on the perfect age for that program. I really like how inspiring this is and that they let kids who've gone through it share their stories!

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  11. I love this promotion! It is so encouraging and definitely has some great spokesmen for the event!

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  12. I've never heard of this before and it's great that they're doing this. Will have to try out for myself as I have kids that are in that age group as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I think that the premise behind this of empowerment and forward movement is really inspirational. As an educator, I am always on the lookout for initiatives that motivate my students and catapult them into success.

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  14. i've never heard of this before. it looks like a great opportunity for you and for "us" as well since we learned something new.

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  15. Wow that is so awesome! I did not know about this and looks like such a great thing to get involved in. Love it!!

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  16. I never heard of this but it sure sounds like a great idea!

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  17. WOW, this is the first time I hear about this.. what a wonderful program.. This is AWESOME.. thanks for sharing

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