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Our Academy Partners – Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine

Since 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy has held true to its purpose of motivating young people—thanks to the common vision, tireless dedication and ongoing commitment we share with our program partners.

Steve Harvey

According to this popular entertainer, “The road to success is always under construction. You have to keep pushing. If you do that you’ll make it.”

The kids at Disney Dreamers Academy know Steve doesn’t just talk the talk. He’s walked that walk… from a disadvantaged childhood to a career as a world-famous comedian, author and motivational speaker. His work inspiring and mentoring Dreamers is just one of many important causes that Steve has taken on and taken to heart.
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Although widely known for his strong family values and his sound business sense, Steve Harvey also has a genuine passion for helping others, as demonstrated through his many philanthropic endeavors. Since 2000, Steve has helped countless individuals pursue their educational aspirations and career goals. From book drives and technology upgrades in the Los Angeles Unified School District, to donating more than $35,000 to underserved school children in Jamaica, he has proven himself to be a tireless servant of his community. Steve Harvey believes that "dreaming is more important than anything."

Beyond his involvement with Disney Dreamers Academy, Steve expanded his philanthropic efforts in 2009, launching The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men; a 4-day development camp for boys from homes headed by single mothers. This weekend retreat serves as a true "Manhood Experience" for these young men, allowing them the opportunity to envision and develop their dreams. Steve's additional philanthropic programs include The Steve Harvey Foundation Gala and the Girls Who Rule the World, created by the Steve and Marjorie Foundation.
Steve Harvey

ESSENCE Magazine

For almost 50 years, ESSENCE has been the leading media company dedicated to African American women and a champion of the community. Through their work with the Disney Dreamers Academy, the ESSENCE Music Festival and Youth Outreach Program and other initiatives, they continue their commitment to inspiring the next generation to dream, aspire and achieve.
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ESSENCE is the leading media company dedicated to African-American women and since June 2010, ESSENCE joined Disney in the mission to inspire students as the newest "voice" behind Disney Dreamers Academy. ESSENCE is closely aligned with Disney and Steve Harvey in supporting the mission of Disney Dreamers Academy and its commitment to positively impacting our youth. ESSENCE'S commitment to community is evident through their collaboration in Disney Dreamers Academy in addition to multiple initiatives including ESSENCE Fierce and Fabulous Awards and ESSENCE Music Festival and Youth Outreach Program.