Steve Harvey, Disney help youngsters dream big

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Steve Harvey’s career has him on morning drive radio, afternoon television and on the bestsellers list as an author. His syndicated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, is heard on FM stations around the nation.

Steve Harvey’s career has him on morning drive radio, afternoon television and on the bestsellers list as an author. His syndicated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, is heard on FM stations around the nation. The ever-joshing Harvey, 54, said he would never have his own family on the “Family Feud” television game show he now hosts. And his top selling book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment had him on a national media circuit last year fielding questions from reporters and members of live audiences. Growing up in his native West Virginia, it was a boyhood goal of Harvey’s to one day be on television. He never misses an opportunity to tell a joke and recently put himself at the brunt of his comedy, laughing that he didn’t get on TV until he was in his late 30s. However later in his life, he would fulfill his dreams and have his prayers answered, he said, in a serious voice that lasted only momentarily. His words silenced the audience of reporters and others who were in the room with him Friday during a special media session he held at the 2011 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. March 3-6. The Dreamers Academy, which Sunday wrapped up its fourth year, was Harvey’s brainchild. He went on to convince Disney and many of his celebrity friends to get on board with the mentoring program. The program is part of his pact with God that once he fulfilled his dreams he would pay it forward and acknowledge God’s role in Harvey’s success. “If you help me make it, I’ll tell everybody how I got there,” said Harvey, who explained – without jokes—that he owes his success to his faith. Harvey said his Dreamers program is all about helping youth tap into their natural talents and their career yearnings, with the hopes of inspiring them to believe they can do anything they want to do in life. “If you dream about something, it keeps you,” the father of four said. “I had a snapshot in my mind of what I wanted to be (as a youngster) … The dream kept me from going the wrong way.” Boasting that each year the program grows – this year adding as partner ESSENCE Magazine – Harvey said ultimately the success of the Disney Dreamers Academy would be determined by lasting long enough so that participants come back as keynote speakers telling their success stories. “That would nail it for me. That would be the coolest thing,” said Harvey. Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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