NBC10 Boston | Raul Martinez | April 1, 2022
During extremely tough times, a little kindness can go a long way. And nursing student Alyssa Banks is making that happen as the founder of the Princess Program
Voyage LA | March 7, 2022
Hi Alyssa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process was to create a way for children in and out of the hospital to experience Disney-like magic without having to physically go to Disney.
Perfecting the Magic | Rachel Alger | January 6, 2022 |
Our exclusive interview with the organization creating special memories for children and families
WE INSPIRE | Antonia Raney | December, 16, 2021 |
AUSTIN, Texas — Like most fairy tales, this one begins with a princess.
Alyssa Banks was an 18-years-old nursing student volunteering at a camp for terminally ill children in 2017. While playing mini-golf with another little princess, the girl suddenly said something rather upsetting— she would never go to Disney. Upon hearing those words, Banks’s heart shattered. Banks couldn’t get those words out of her head throughout the day. It wasn’t until the night, getting ready for a talent show and seeing the costuming when she got an idea.
Channel 7 WHDH | Jadiann Thompson | July 16, 2021|
Alyssa Banks launched the Princess Program Foundation — a nonprofit that sends volunteers to children’s hospitals, care centers, and therapy locations dressed up as popular Disney characters in an effort to bring joy to children who are battling illness.
Voyage LA | June 30, 2021
Once upon a time, I was a first-year college student, age 18, with a big dream. I wanted to make a difference in the world by bringing magic to children in hospitals. I began by gathering up my friends to dress up as princesses and superheroes to visit terminally ill kids receiving treatment.
Crystal Valencia | March 23, 2021
Nursing student Alyssa Banks, 21, is the founder and CEO of the Princess Program Foundation, an organization that aims to bring a little magic to the lives of children battling serious illnesses by giving them one-on-one time with their favorite princesses or superheroes.
Brittni Carraway | February 28, 2021
In the beginning of 2020, Alyssa founded the 501(C)3 non- profit organization, the Princess Program Foundation. Located in Bellingham, Massachusetts, the organization has volunteers bring magic to children in hospitals battling serious illness by dressing up as princesses and superheroes to add a smile to their day and spending one-on-one character time. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, hospital visits became nearly impossible. So, the program added a new feature to their organization by having their characters Zoom call kids battling an illness who are in and out of hospitals. Zoom calls can be tailored to the child's interest, e.g.,. singing, dancing, play dough, craft making, and story book readings.
Emmalyn Reid | 07/07/2020
When I was a little girl, Disney Princesses Jasmine & Ariel were ALWAYS my favorite. Growing up, everyone I knew had their own favorite character and while so much has changed in the world around us, this happy slice of childhood has remained the same for little ones growing up in today’s world. That’s what inspired Alyssa Banks, founder of The Princess Program Foundation, to find a way to bring ill children’s beloved favorite characters to life during a time of great need.
Brittany Baldi | 09/20/2020
A woman just 21 years of age, decided to put her love for princesses and helping others to good use!
Alyssa Banks, a die hard Patriots fan, idolized princesses and Hannah Montana as a child... she also always had a passion for wanting to help others and give back.
On this special -charity themed- BosBabes episode, host Brittany Baldi dives deep into why spreading Christmas magic, hope, and putting smiles on ill children's faces is a big reason Alyssa began the -Princess Program Foundation-, a non profit organization dedicated to offering at home and hospital visits to children in need of a smile.
Scott O’Connell | 11/20/2019
Telegram & Gazette Staff
The Campus Princess Program, which began in November 2017, was founded by student Alyssa Banks during her first year at Anna Maria. Today it has grown to include 60 students, and has accumulated more than 300 hours of volunteer work at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and other places and events with pediatric patients.