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L-R: Actor Lance Gross, “The Real” talk show co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley, and actor Lamman Rucker participate in a panel discussion March 5, 2016 during Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

L-R: Actor Lance Gross, “The Real” talk show co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley, and actor Lamman Rucker participate in a panel discussion March 5, 2016 during Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

Lance Gross, Tamera Mowery, Silento And Loni Love Among Celebrity Mentors At The Disney Dreamers Academy

ORLANDO – Stars spent the weekend at Walt Disney World encouraging teens to follow their dreams as part of an annual program dedicated to empowering young people.

Silento, Lance Gross, Will Packer, MC Lyte and Tamera Mowery were among the celebrity mentors who participated in the ninth annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence. The Dreamers Academy is a weekend at Disney World designed to inspire and empower about 100 high school students, known as dreamers, through motivational talks, mentoring and hands-on workshops in different career fields.

The celebrity mentors spoke candidly with the kids, urging them to develop their passions into careers and shared the secrets of their own success.

“There’s a destiny there for you, and it’s just a matter of time before it manifests itself,” actor Lamman Rucker, of the “Why Did I Get Married” franchise, told teens during an informal chat Saturday. “Do the work. Be patient, but stay in the game. You gotta be in the game to win the game.”

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The mentor’s advice varied: MC Lyte told the kids to make sure they were prepared when opportunity knocked, and to make sure they spoke up and asked questions. Rucker told the teens to always appreciate their blessings. Tamera Mowery said she’s been successful in part because she doesn’t keep “yes friends” around her. And Will Packer told them, “don’t talk about it, be about it.”

“Don’t be the person who is always talking about what you’re going to do,” Packer said. “Be the person who is actually doing it.”

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