The aspiring young astronaut from Queens, New York, wins first place at the Disney Dreamers Academy

QUEENS, New York – A New York City teenager looking to become an astronaut is the youngest student to receive the “Chance of a Life” award from the Walt Disney Company.

Maya Mitchell, a student at the Mary Louis Academy in Queens, was inducted into the Disney Dreamers Academy.

Keke Palmer of “GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke” brought Mitchell the exciting news live on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday morning in front of Maya’s teachers, principals and classmates.


The presentation included a video message from Dr. Mae Jemison, one of Maya’s idols, who was the first African-American woman in space.

The Disney Dreamers Academy, founded in 2008, helps ambitious young people between the ages of 13 and 19 to acquire the tools to shine their potential.

The 4-day event for 100 selected students takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The hosts are The Walt Disney Company, entertainer Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The dreamers can interact with Disney actors, celebrities, industry experts and community leaders in inspiring conversations, intense career activities, and through networking and interviewing experiences.

Dreamers can also enjoy the fun of the Walt Disney World theme park and explore the magic behind the scenes.

For more information on the program and how to apply to all youngsters, visit the Disney Dreamers Academy website.

Disney is the parent company of this television station owned by ABC.

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