Above: On March 10, high school students from throughout Orange County were recognized as Shining Stars at a celebratory luncheon at the Disneyland Resort. The top five Luminaries were also announced, and include: Jake Chao, co-founder of a music education program impacting more than 80 low-income students; Carissa Long, raised more than $275,000 to provide mental health counseling to homeless youth; Katherine McPhie, founded a weekly after-school computer skills lab for homeless youth; Julia Ransom, coordinated a memorial 5K walk to raise over $35,000 for mental health advocacy; CJ Writer, designed and installed water conservation gardens to educate residents about water conservation.
Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers celebrates the power of possibility and recognizes Orange County high school students who take action to improve their communities and schools through creative and innovative approaches. Since 2015, this program has recognized 249 students for their philanthropic efforts, and has provided more than $175,000 in grants to high schools and non-profit organizations across Orange County.
Having spent most of my life creating material for children and observing their potential, I feel that a full-time education for our youth is our best investment in the future.”
– Walt Disney
The Disneyland Resort has a commitment to support our education community. Through various educational programs implemented, we have impacted the lives of millions of children in the Orange County school system since 1955.
Our support focuses on four key areas:
- Visual and performing arts education
- Student recognition
- Service learning and student volunteerism
- Recognition of schools and teachers
For information on additional educational opportunities with The Walt Disney Company, please visit the following sites: