Georgia Teens Become Disney Dreamers

By Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 3/21/2014, 1:55 p.m.
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2014 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine provided fun and more for 100 teens. Photo courtesy of DDA2014.

Stewart plans on attending University of Georgia and medical school at Emory University, in order to accomplishing her dream of becoming a surgeon.

What all these 100 teens have in common is their relentless desires to not let nightmarish experiences keep them from dreaming up and striving for better things. Although, they were not the only ones inspired.

Tagging along with the teens during the weekend were their parents. And just like their children, the parents received a reality check and motivation.


Los Angeles philanthropist and entrepreneur Bernard Kinsey (left) and his family display The Kinsey Collection, with African American art, documents, artifacts and memorabilia, spanning more than 400 years. Kiara Davis (far right) follows along with a group of dreamers. Photo courtesy of DDA2014.

“Me, as a parent, I think I found my dream,” Shakeila Jackson told The Atlanta Voice. “As parents, you just figure your dreams are said and done. I think I might want to go out and mentor young moms with teenage kids.”

What a mentor she would make, too.

Jackson attended the Academy as the mother of 14-year-old Atlanta dreamer Kiara Davis, who participates in too many sports and clubs to name, as she excels in the classroom and dreams of attending John Hopkins University, in order to become a pediatrician. Jackson also has a son, who will be attending Syracuse University this coming fall, in pursuit of a sports broadcasting dream.

Disney Dreamers Academy is nothing short of a moment in time when adults and youngsters alike experience a world of possibilities beyond their wildest dreams.

To learn more about the Disney Dreamers Academy, visit https://www.disneydreamersacademy.com.