Plenty of little girls aspire to be like Disney princesses – beautiful, magical and strong. Laura Giron’s daughters, ages 10 and 11, have been taught since toddlerhood that real magic and beauty comes from giving time and compassion to people in need through volunteer service.
"Kids need someone to represent them, someone who will share their voice, and I love being that person!" said Michaeyla Nadeau of Virginia Beach, Virginia, who volunteers as a patient advocate for children with cancer and other illnesses.
Inspired by a fondness for children and the Disney movie “Frozen,” Kylee McGrane and her friend Maggie began visiting hospitals dressed as the “Frozen” princesses to cheer up children undergoing treatment. The success of the service project led Kylee to launch A Moment of Magic – an organization focused on spreading hope, lifting spirits and raising awareness for pediatric cancer.
"I've always been involved with helping students outside the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job," Rebecca said. "It's all about reaching the future generations and helping them now." It's that mission and mindset that led Rebecca, who teaches at San Antonio's Karen Wagner High School, to take over Leadership: Access Granted, a program designed to help underprivileged, at-risk students identify and reach their educational and career dreams.