Aug. 5, 2022

46. Creating a Movement with Magic Moments with Kylee McGrane

Kylee McGrane has been bringing smiles and magic to kids and their families her entire career. Her story is incredible: from her college pastime of dressing up in costumes to visit children's hospitals, to being the Executive Director of A Moment of Magic Foundation, a President George H.W. Bush Daily Point of Light House honoree, a Sara Blakely and Spanx Red Backpack Fund recipient, and a New York Yankees’ HOPE week honoree.

Kylee talks about being devoted to serving the community, even at an early age. And when she went to college, she decided to gather up some friends and bring joy and warmth to kids in hospitals. They felt the impact immediately, and she started to see the true opportunity in this kind of service. She soon asked for help from friends, family, professors, and our own She Leads Media as well.

Kaylee talks about running a non-profit, creating the movement with the power of volunteering, and explains how volunteering boosts students’ confidence. Check out Kylee’s movement at where you can sign up to volunteer or give donations to support this great cause.

🧚‍♀️ Kylee’s fairytale started in a family deeply involved in the community: a big kid at heart. 02:31

🤡 Hospitals are too sterile for kids so Kyle got an idea to change it: “Oh, you kind of look like Elsa.”  04:04

🤩 Creating a movement: gathering college students who are passionate and driven to serve their communities. 05:36

💚 The driving force behind Kylie that helped her tremendously is family, professors, mentors, volunteers, and friends. 06:38

😇 Asking for help and learning the power of teamwork. 08:04

🆓 Non-profit with no barrier to entry: making services available to families free of charge. 09:21

📈 Growing from grassroots fundraising, charitable, corporation grants to government funding.  11:02

😷 The entire business model was disrupted during COVID: the solution was face timing in costumes with kids that were isolated in hospitals.12:02

💡 Streaming services and new creative solutions created from the pandemic. 13:22

🧑‍🎓 Magic Moments have branches all over the USA: students are the backbone of the organization. 15:44

🦸‍♀️ Costume as a vehicle for their mission: impacting volunteers and families with the cutest confidence booster.  17:47

🎯 The goal for A Moment of Magic is to never say no to a family in need: join their team. 20:34

👧 From a personal hobby to a serious organization: Kylie’s realizations in supporting children’s mental health. 22:34

🌸 The power of play and movement in expressing feelings and processing trauma for the youngest children is huge: more volunteers are needed!  26:29

👩‍💼 Kylee’s experience with She Leads Conference: having the support of women mentors beyond belief. 28:47

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