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Over the weekend something magical happened to 100 teens looking for an opportunity to make their dreams a reality.

They were whisked away from their daily routine to the fairytale setting of Walt Disney World theme parks and given hope.

The youngsters, handpicked from nearly 10,000 applicants, are the latest class of young Dreamers to pass through the life-changing Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA) in Orlando, Florida.

What they experienced in four jam-packed days was nothing short of amazing: tailored mentoring, careers advice, interactive hands-on classes and unprecedented access to celebrities and experts at the top of their fields.

Now in its 7th year, the academy in partnership with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine continues to hold true to its mission to unlock potential in young people as well as inspire them to unlimited possibilities.

“Education is not the most important thing in your life: It’s your dream,” said funnyman-turned-host, Harvey, at a media conference at Magic Kingdom on the first day of the academy.

“I tell parents all the time just talk to your children at least once a month to find out what they want and dream about because it changes all the time. Their dream propels them to get an education.”

“The Disney Dreamers Academy is a life-changing experience that will have an incredible impact on your future,” said Tracey Powell, a Disney executive and DDA Executive Champion.

The mammoth logistical operation, which involves flying all the high school students — along with a parent or guardian — on an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney from March 6-9, was executed with military precision.

Disney puts on a spectacular show; the Dreamers Academy was no exception.

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