Disney Future Storytellers

Dream. Build. Become.

Disney Future Storytellers is The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to empowering the next generation of storytellers and innovators. Through social investments and programs that provide inspiration and hands-on experience, we’re increasing access to careers in media, entertainment, technology, and hospitality, and helping ensure the stories being told across our industry accurately reflect the rich diversity of the world we live in. From arts and STEM education for school-age children, to scholarships, mentoring, and creative and technical skill- building for teens and young adults, Disney is helping today’s youth dream about their future, build their talents and skills, and become who they imagine they can be.

DREAM

Sparking interest in storytelling & inspiring the next generation to DREAM about their possibilities

Young Storytellers

Young Storytellers equips young people to be the driving force of their own narrative. Disney supports the Young Storytellers Script to Stage program by matching elementary school students with employee VoluntEARS who serve as one-on-one mentors as students write scripts that are entirely their own. These stories are then performed by professional actors live on stage for the students, their classmates, and their families.

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FIRST

For over 25 years, Disney has proudly supported FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a robotics community committed to introducing youth to STEM through team-based robotics programs. In 2022, Disney, Lucasfilm, and FIRST announced “Build the Future” powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. “Build the Future” has provided FIRST teams around the world the opportunity to tell their own unique stories about using their STEM skills for good.

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Disney Musicals in Schools

Disney Musicals in Schools builds sustainable theater programs in under-resourced public elementary schools. The program provides free performance and professional development materials to participating teachers. Launched in 2009, Disney Musicals in Schools has supported more than 60,000 students in over 500 schools in the United States and the United Kingdom, providing inspiration and opportunity to more than 180,000 families and audience members.

 

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BUILD

Supporting essential training and development programs to help youth BUILD their talents and skills

Ghetto Film School

Ghetto Film School was founded in 2000 to educate, develop, and celebrate the next generation of great storytellers. Disney is proud to work with Ghetto Film School to support the GFS Fellows program, a multi-year intensive storytelling course that gives high school students access to meaningful professional experiences in entertainment, like providing hands-on technical training, helping students build portfolios, connecting students with paid internships, and offering opportunities to be inspired by top filmmaking talent.

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The Hidden Genius Project

The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. Through its award-winning 15-month Intensive Immersion Program, The Hidden Genius Project has served more than 400 Black boys and young men through high school and beyond, developing computer science, leadership and entrepreneurship skills. With the support from Disney, The Hidden Genius Project will continue to engage youth of color through their array of innovative programs designed to ignite interest and exposure to technical career pathways.

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Protagonistas del futuro

Chicas en Tecnología is a non-profit civil society organization in Argentina that seeks to reduce the gender gap in technology in Latin America. Since 2020, Disney’s investment in Chicas en Tecnologia allowed launch “Protagonistas del Futuro”, a free online program for female-identifying young people between 16 and 21 years old. Through “Protagonistas del Futuro,” participants learn how to program an application with a social impact focus, building the skills needed to pursue technology careers in Latin America. In addition, an opportunity to receive scholarships in Full Stack Development certification will open up this year.

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BECOME

Empowering young adults to BECOME who they imagine they can be

Propel Center

In 2022, Disney joined the Propel Center as the arts, media, entertainment, and hospitality lead sponsor. Propel is a first-of-its-kind innovative learning hub for the entire HBCU ecosystem with a focus on career readiness. Through this collaboration, Disney will expand access to opportunities in our industries for historically underrepresented students by providing meaningful career support, offering internships and entry-level jobs, and consulting on curriculum.

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The Prince’s Trust

In 2021, Disney launched a three-year collaboration with The Prince’s Trust to help young people break into the world of fashion and product design. As part of this investment, Disney is working with aspiring designers aged 18-30 to create Marvel-inspired product lines. This program consists of a series of workshops, hosted by Disney, that teach program participants about the product design industry and offers meaningful mentorship opportunities.

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Exceptional Minds

Disney collaborates with Exceptional Minds to serve people in the neurodivergent community who aspire to be part of the entertainment industry. Our continued investment will help Exceptional Minds give scholarships, retain academy faculty, provide career support services, and offer facilities and technology required to support the needs of this population. In working with Exceptional Minds, Disney aims to create and sustain long-term employment outcomes for neurodiverse talent.

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Scholarships

Disney has longstanding relationships with multiple nationally recognized scholarship organizations that provide support to underrepresented communities. Since 1998, Disney has given over $4 million in support to scholarships, support services, and programs and events through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Additionally, Disney has supported the United Negro College Fund since 2009 and will continue support for 75 UNCF scholars with scholarship, mentorship, and internships in the 2022-2023 school year. We also fund scholarships through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholars, American Indian College Fund (AICF), Cal Arts, Florida A&M University (FAMU), and more.

Learn more about the 2022 Disney UNCF Corporate Scholars

AFI (American Film Institute)

Disney has been investing in the American Film Institute (AFI) for more than two decades. AFI is dedicated to celebrating excellence in the art form and to creating national education initiatives that inspire artists and audiences alike. Disney’s recent support of AFI includes investments in the Diverse Storytellers Fund, a scholarship program to support historically underrepresented Fellows as well as AFI’s DWW+ (originally, the Directing Workshop for Women) to advance gender equity through resources, workshops, and mentorships.

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Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard University

The Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard University will provide stipends over a five-year period for student projects focused on storytelling across a variety of media. Through this collaboration, which launched in 2022, Disney will offer students access to speakers, mentors, and internships to help the next generation of Black storytellers build their skills and pursue future careers across a wide variety of disciplines, including entertainment, journalism, design and more – positioning them to be competitive in the workforce of the future.

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“The Disney-UNCF Corporate Scholars Program has been nothing short of incredible throughout my career journey: the opportunity to network and engage with other like-minded students is the best part! I'm excited about my future in the TV and Film industry, especially with my new role with the National Geographic Post-Production team, because I know it all started with my first internship through the Disney-UNCF Corporate Scholar Program.”

Jade Henry

Content Operations & Post-Production Assistant, National Geographic

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