Disneyland has announced that its Dreamers and & Doers program, which recognizes local high school students who are making a difference, has returned for a second year. The application process is now open and continues through Oct. 31.
However, some of the application process has changed and so have the awards, so keep reading for details.
Students at all Orange County (California) high schools are eligible to apply by sharing their stories of how they are taking action for a brighter tomorrow in four focus areas: Live Healthier (make healthier living fun and accessible); Strengthen Community (bring hope, happiness and comfort to children and families); Conserve Nature (connect children and families with nature to build lifelong conservation values); and Think Creatively (nurture creative thinking skills to inspire children and families to create the future they imagine).
Applications can be downloaded now, and they must be turned in at each school’s main office by Oct. 31, and then the school will select up to two Dreamer & Doers. Here is what students can win:
** Each student nominated by their school will be recognized as a Dreamer & Doer and receive two Disneyland Resort 1-Day Park-Hopper tickets and a certificate of recognition. (Students can only be nominated once during their high school career.)
** From the nominated group of Dreamers & Doers, up to 35 students will be identified as Shining Stars and invited to attend a celebration luncheon with two family members and a representative from each of their schools.
** To inspire fellow students to make their school a better place, each of the students selected as a Shining Star will receive a $1,000 pay-it-forward grant for his or her school, as well as a Dreamers & Doers branded medal of recognition.
** Five Luminaries will be selected, and in recognition will receive a Disneyland Resort weekend prize package to enjoy with their families. They will also have the opportunity to select an Orange County non-profit organization of their choice to be awarded a $3,000 grant on their behalf.
** Shining Stars and Luminaries will have the opportunity to attend an educational symposium in spring 2017.
Ready to apply? Click here for the application, which asks each student:
** Considering one of the four focus areas above, describe something you have done, created or innovated to solve a problem in your community, home or school that makes it a better place. Describe how you would like to continue or expand your efforts in the future.
** If you are selected as a Shining Star, how would you use a $1,000 grant to inspire fellow students to make your high school a better place? Please answer in relation to your chosen focus area.
** If given the opportunity to support a local charitable cause or organization in Orange County that supports enriching the lives of children and families, which would you choose and why? Please be specific.
Unlike last year, there is no video component to this year’s Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers program.
To be eligible to apply, students must:
** Be a current resident of Orange County, California.
** Currently attend an Orange County public, private or charter high school.
** Be in good academic and character standing, as verified by the high school.
** Submit a completed application to school administration by the specified deadline.
** Submit a signed form of authorization to use likeness, voice and/or written correspondence.
Disneyland’s Dreamers & Doers will be announced at the beginning of November, and the Shining Stars and Luminaries will be announced by mid-December.
Questions can be directed to Disneyland Resort Corporate Citizenship at [email protected]