BE THE STAR YOU ARE INC

Rating: 4.99 stars   99 reviews 2,293

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: PO Box 376 Moraga CA 94556 USA

Mission: OVERVIEW The prevalence of violence in the media and its potential harm to everyone is a concern for many family and community members.  Today’s youth are finding it increasingly difficult to recognize that they have the ability, responsibility, and power to determine their own destiny and choose their own future.  To help women, families, and youth we provide access to positive and productive information and role models through books and our first class good news radio program. We help individuals discover their passion, learn life skills, gain effective conflict management skills, and build self-esteem through increased literacy and positive programs

STATISTICS: According to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Survey on Children, Violence and the Media: ∑ An American child will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the age of 18 ∑ Modern music lyrics have become increasingly explicit concerning sex, drugs, and violence against women ∑ More than 10 million web sites exist on the Internet dedicated to violent words, music and images

The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) reported that juveniles under age 18 were involved in 27% of all serious violent victimizations, including 14% of sexual assaults, 30% of robberies, and 27% of aggravated assaults. 

Nearly four in 10 fourth-graders nationwide failed to achieve even partial mastery of the reading skills needed for school success. In our highest-poverty schools, nearly seven in 10 fourth-graders fail to read at this basic level.

Individuals with poor self-esteem are more vulnerable to peer pressure, more likely to have depressive reactions, eating disorders, and low achievement standards. They are at higher risk to abuse alcohol and drugs, partake in violent activities, and risky behavior.

MISSION Be the Star You Are! is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation empowering women, families and youth through improved literacy and positive media. Be the Star You Are! collects and distributes books and other resources as a way to raise their life skills and self esteem. This media ranges from education and advisement to inspiration and guidance and covers every aspect of life, from abuse through money management.

Be the Star You Are! is an ALL volunteer organization that operates through contributions, in-kind donations, and proceeds from fund-raising events.  Be the Star You Are! does not receive state or federal funding and is solely dependent on contributions from the community and corporations.

Be the Star You Are! has no religious or political agendas or affiliations.

Results: As of April 2014, Be the Star You Are! has served approximately 419,800 individuals and families within 84 organizations and has logged more than 400,000 volunteer hours, while distributing over $1.7 million in resources. Be the Star You Are! was nominated for the California Governor’s and First Lady’s Service Awards and touted with five star ratings as a top rated non profit by GuideStar and Great Non Profits in the Women’s Empowerment Campaign. Be the Star You Are! radio program broadcasts to 4.5 million listeners in 219 countries. More than 2000 authors, experts, and professionals have been interviewed on our show. Our teen show, Express Yourself!™ boasts all teen hosts and reporters from around the USA and is #1 on the Voice America Kids Network. Volunteers herald from all over the world performing duties virtually. BTSYA trains teens to be writers and reporters and gets them published. Over 1000 books have been read and reviewed by our Star Teen Book Review Team and published by publishers, The Reading Tub, and on our web site at www.BTSYA.com. NATIONAL OUTREACH SUCCESS STORIES 1. Operation Ground Hero¬–With the attacks on America on September 11, 2001, Be the Star You Are! was one of the first charities to offer support and resources to the victims. Several hundred local volunteers as well as volunteers around the country helped us ship over 50 pallets of uplifting materials valued at over $57,000. 2. Operation Hurricane Relief–After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Be the Star You Are! partnered with volunteers in the South to deliver $27,000 worth of books and resources to libraries, schools, groups, and shelters. 3. Operation Fire Relief–Only four years after the devastating Cedar Fires, Southern California experienced over a dozen wildfires raging for two months from October to December of 2007. With thousands of families left homeless, Be the Star You Are! worked with relief agencies to deliver over $10,000 of books and holiday gifts to children. 4. Operation Tornado Disaster Relief-in 2011 a devastating tornado swept through the Midwest. The city of Joplin, Missouri was hard hit, destroying 262 classrooms and 16 schools. Be the Star You Are!® shipped $48,000 worth of brand new books for ages k-12 plus additional resources for parents to the Joplin schools. In addition, Access Family Care medical facilities in Neosho, Missouri were shipped books for newborns to the elderly. 5. Operation Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Approximately $20,000 in resources were shipped to the East Coast and distributed through our partner, Angels Clothing Closet in New Jersey. 6. Operation Midwest Tornado Disaster Relief-in November of 2013 severe storms swept across twelve states in the Midwest with multiple tornadoes damaging thousands of structures. Be the Star You Are!® delivered 2000 brand new books valued at $40,000 to fire departments, churches, schools, and shelters to be given to children as holiday gifts. http://www.BTSYA.org
Target demographics: Be the Star You Are!® supports all ages with a targeted demographic of women, families, and youth to increase literacy and positive media programming.
Direct beneficiaries per year: An audience of millions of listeners to the radio show, StarStyle-Be the Star You Are! (http://www.BethestaryouareRadio.org) broadcast to 219 countries. Our teen program, Express Yourself!™ is heard in 192 countries. (http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com) Numerous charities who receive our books and their clients benefit from receiving our donated books. In addition, the hundreds of books reviews written by our teen volunteers help parents, teachers, and librarians choose appropriate books for children and we give a voice to the voiceless through our creative site, http://www.BTSYA.org.
Geographic areas served: Outreach programs and volunteers are global. BTSYA serves areas in need of increased literacy and positive media as well as ships books to disaster areas.
Programs: Starstyle-Be the Star You Are! Radio Program- http://www.BetheStarYouAreRadio.com Express Yourself!™ TEEN Radio Program-http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com Express Yourself Creative Community-http://www.BTSYA.com STAR TEEN Book Review Team Letters for Literacy Community Events Book Distribution Program Reading SPELLS Success Audio Program TEEN Mentoring Speaker's Bureau Amazon Discounted Book Store Program Operation Disaster Relief Annual National Essay Contest Important URLS to follow us: Here are a few web sites you'll want to visit to get to know our programs, people, and products. 1. Starstyle-Be the Star You Are! Radio Show Cynthia Brian interviews authors and experts who help you excel in life. In T42, Heather Brittany discuss pop culture and Generation Y. http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=764 Always archived with descriptions, photos, and information at http://www.bethestaryouareradio.com Free on ITUNES: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=310762728 2. Radio Show PODCASTS: http://www.podOmatic.com/people/index/starstyle http://starstyle.podOmatic.com http://www.switchpod.com/users/starstyle/feed.xml http://bethestaryouare.mypodcast.com http://www.podfeed.net/podcast/Be+The+Star+You+Are/20565 http://podcast.com/show/228304/Be-The-Star-You-Are http://www.podcastdirectory.com/podcasts/115092 http://www.digitalpodcast.com/detail-Be_The_Star_You_Are-24233.html http://starstyle.podbean.com/ 3. RSS Feed for Radio Add this feed to your favorites: http://starstyle.podbean.com/feed World Talk Radio Feed: feed://wtr.radiopilot.net/worldtalkradio/vrss.aspx?sid=764 4. SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP while helping Be the Star You Are! http://astore.amazon.com/starstyleprod http://www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx (choose Be the Star You Are! to support) 5. YOU TUBE-See our movies! http://www.youtube.com/Bethestaryouare Our series SHINE: Shine intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_egFGWX5QyA Shine-Expectations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcPwz78t_l8 Shine-The Family that Plays Together http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx6x-3SqpKY Shine: The Pear Festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crWWu6jApMk&feature=channel_page Shine: Read, Lead, Succeed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE1X3P2Tugw Do you want to be a Star?- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDXQ_oirYCM&feature=user Conversations-Be the Star You Are! for TEENS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBCsNZ43dTo Book- Be the Star You Are! for TEENS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyBldTnnS6E Come into the Library: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juwr1WWLvKc Salute to the Charity: http://volunteers.magnify.net/video/Be-The-Star-You-Are Tanks and T-shirts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVdNNamcIUs In a Word-Empowering Teens:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW_6DOwmuc0 Making a Difference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCWcQlXN3gA STAR Teens Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lk_bl9hu_M 6. BUY BOOKS ON AMAZON at deep discounts http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity 7. MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION THROUG NETWORK FOR GOOD http://www.networkforgood.org/pca/Badge.aspx?BadgeId=109461 8. SHOP YOUR FAVORITE STORES WHILE MAKING A DONATION http://www.iGive.com/BTYSA http://www.givebackamerica.com/charity.php?b=768 9. VISIT BE THE STAR YOU ARE! http://www.bethestaryouare.org 10. MYSPACE- Add us as a friend URL www.myspace.com/starstylebethestaryouare 11. TWITTER http://twitter.com/BetheStarYouAre http://twitter.com/BTSYA_Radio http://twitter.com/StarstyleRadio http://twitter.com/TheStarYouAre 12. RADIO HOSTS http://radiohosts.ning.com/profile/CynthiaBrianBetheStarYouAre 13.BOOK PROMOTIONS-more about books and authors http://pumpupyourbookpromotion.ning.com/profile/CynthiaBrianBetheStarYouAre 14. PODBEAN PODCASTING http://starstyle.podbean.com/ 16. Hi5-Add us as a friend http://bethestaryouare.hi5.com 17. FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/pages/Moraga-California/Be-the-Star-You-Are/38096443724 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-the-Star-you-Are/120523041318595 EVENTS http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=74095942514#/event.php?eid=74095942514 18. CHANGING THE PRESENT http://changingthepresent.org/nonprofits/show?ein=943333882 19. Donate through Ebay/MissionFish http://donations.ebay.com/charity/charity.jsp?NP_ID=1504 20. BLOGSPOT http://btsya.blogspot.com/ 21. Book: BE THE STAR YOU ARE!® FOR TEENS http://www.bethestaryouare.com 22. VIDEO: ABC Salutes Be the Star You Are!® charity http://volunteers.magnify.net/video/Be-The-Star-You-Are 23. FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/btsya/
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Rating: 5 stars  

Cynthia Brian and BTSYA have helped me out in so many ways! In a fun, safe environment, BTSYA has given me the opportunity to give back to the community and see the joy of those we have helped. I can't thank this organization enough and I can't wait to see the growth that will transpire in the years to come!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I could never say enough about Be The Star You Are! The work that the organization as a whole (and especially Cynthia Brian) does is incredible. They are able to touch the lives of so many young people in such an amazing way. The guidance that they provide is so crucial and it gives the youth community a better road to take. Congratulations on another great year, Be The Star You Are!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Be the star your are is an amazing program that helps youth all over the country, even the world, gain knowledge, perspective, and guidance through many of life's challenges. The radio show has impacted so many lives through education and discussion of a variety of important topics. On a more personal level, the director, Cynthia Brian, has been a mentor to countless teens and young adults through her interaction with the charity. This organization is second to none!

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Be The Star You Are! is an incredible organization that has been helping the national community for many years. The founder, Cynthia Brian, has done amazing work encouraging and educating a wide demographic of a global audience since the inception of the internet-based radio show. Personally, I have tried to bring her messages to my own community in an attempt to spread Cynthia's good word. I encourage everybody to pass along Cynthia's charity work and radio show to anyone and everyone who might benefit.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The "Be The Star You Are" charity and radio program have been amazing for underprivileged youth and families since their beginning. The radio show has been wonderful in bringing to light important issues, as well as striving to educate the public and youth. Cynthia Brian, founder, continues to do great things through these programs and deserves more credit than we could ever give her. Thank you.

I work as a firefighter in the area of Los Angeles known as Watts. For those of you who aren't familiar with the area, it is one of the most underprivileged and gang-ridden areas of the entire country. So many of Cynthia's ideas and topics have helped me to talk with the people, especially the youth, of Watts during my encounters in various situations at work. I only wish people in my area could listen to Cynthia, as I will never be able to relay her message with any justice to her ability and passion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sharing Cynthia's message and ideas with the families and youth in my area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Share it directly with the families and youth in Watts.

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Thank you, Brian, for sharing our positive messages with underprivileged youth and families. Appreciate you listening to the radio and we hope our work touches the lives of those you serve so bravely.

Rating: 5 stars  

Be The Star You Are has amazed me with their efforts in giving teens a voice to be heard. Every week I have the amazing opportunity to host and talk with new people, and I have to say that every person I have talked to has said they had a blast and are proud what BTSYA is doing for the public. I absolutely love how much BTSYA has given me the ability to build in confidence, grow in my talents, help me discover what my passions are, and meeting new exciting people. I am honored to be given the chance to change the lives of people and give a positive influence in the world. Be The Star You Are is not just an organization, it is a family. I love being apart of this wonderful group!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked on the radio for Be the Star You Are! for more than three years in high school. It was a huge part of my high school experience and a huge part of helping me find a voice (and find inspiration) through conversations with others. It is a well-run and well-organized nonprofit, where I still felt like I could have an individual impact on shaping the direction of the radio show and the direction of the individuals we contacted to interview. Some of those conversations shaped future decisions for me -- for example, after interviewing the director of Admissions for Columbia, I looked into applying and began to consider those type of top-tier schools. That shift in perspective, like so many experiences with BTSYA, changed my life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for Be the Star You Are for almost two years in high school. It was the perfect combination of real world experience with close mentoring from Cynthia. Volunteers will find a great place to grow and serve here; I highly suggest it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Though I haven't worked with Be the Star You Are for an exceptionally long time, in just the year and a half that I've been involved, I have seen just how talented Cynthia is in directing the organization to pursue greater and more expansive goals. Cynthia is always looking for new ways to improve the mission of the charity, and reaching out to provide literacy to more people and youth across the world.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a wonderful experience volunteering with Be The Star You Are! Cynthia Brian's positive attitude empowers everyone around her and encourages Lamorinda residents to give back. By far the best charity work I've ever participated in!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Be The Star You Are consistently goes above and beyond to serve others. Their Executive Director, Cynthia Brian, is an amazing leader who is always willing to lend a hand and to positively reinforce everyone who supports her cause.

This is what "great" nonprofits are all about!

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During the last several years, Cheerful Givers has received boxes of books donated by Be The Star You Are which we have included in our birthday gift bags for less fortunate children. These books have brought much joy to children who may have never owned a book before.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving books for our charity.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Executive Director, Cynthia Brian. She is a fantastic leader and an extremely dedicated worker.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve so many more kids who would truly value owning a book.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a young adult author recently interviewed for the program. It was very well done. The young participants were so very nice and professional. It was a fantastic experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's hard to imagine that now in it's 16th year serving women, families, and youth, Be the Star You Are!® has not only survived but thrived as an ALL volunteer charity with no paid employees. Every penny of every donation works for the services we provide to others.
It's been challenging yet every year the volunteers become more and more dedicated having served almost 355,000 hours of volunteer time. We are proud of our accomplishments in serving over 400,000 individuals and working with 89 organizations. Our Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® radio program broadcasts live weekly and our teen show, Express Yourself!™ has trained 29 hosts and reporters from around the country. Both shows provide listeners with uplifting, life affirming interviews with best selling authors, experts, celebrities, musicians, Olympians, and the movers and shakers of the world. Check our Be the Star You Are!® and join our Galaxy of Stars. http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org, http://:www.BTSYA.org, http://www.StarStyleRadio.com, http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com.

Thanks for making us a Top Rated Non Profit since Great Nonprofits was established. Everyone counts!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Looking back over the last fifteen years at what has been accomplished by Be the Star You Are!®, I am awed by the creativity and commitment of the talented volunteers from around the world. When I founded the charity in 1999, I had lofty ideas of “If I build it, they will come”. Perhaps I had watched the film, Field of Dreams, one too many times. Yet, despite the heart felt intentions and the hard work, the contributions and donations did not materialize. Be the Star You Are!® has remained a 100% all volunteer charity, which is no easy feat. We have operated numerous programs on a shoe-string budget (that’s less than a beer budget) and I am eternally grateful to our global volunteers and supporters who have kept our small and mighty non profit alive and serving those in need.

A few accomplishments: In March 2014, we celebrated our 10th year collaborating with The Reading Tub to have young people read books then write reviews. Check out http://thereadingtub.com/pdfs/btsya_catalog.pdf.  We have published two award winning books, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts and Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. We have broadcast over 120 teen radio shows on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio, 798 Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® programs, orchestrated ten years of national essay competitions, participated in numerous community events, published 310 articles, and thousands of blog posts. Our youth offer a creative space for the young at heart to Express Yourself at www.BTSYA.org and volunteers from Dell are working with our web mistress, Kim Carlson to design a brand new web site for Be the Star You Are!®.  And best of all we’ve donated more than $1.7 million in resources to 84 organizations serving over 400,800 families and our volunteers have contributed over 354,900 hours. Check out our twenty outreach programs at http://www.btsya.com/programs.html.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

win the lottery and fund this great non profit 100%. Until that happens, please consider donating to BTSYA. No matter how much you can spare as a donation, every dollar will be appreciated. With your dollars plus the immense talent and dedication of our teens and volunteers, there will be no limit to what we can achieve.   Will you please open your wallet and donate today? http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm Checks to PO Box 376. Moraga, Ca. 94556. With applause to all supporters!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As I write this 5 star review, Be the Star You Are!® is in the middle of its 14th year as a 501c3. Throughout these years, the charity has exhibited a stellar record of growing leaders, beginning with youth. This past year has seen tremendous growth in our radio outreach programs. On our teen program, Express Yourself!™, http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com, more than 18 young people from around the US participate as hosts and reporters interviewing guests from around the world. On our author/book program, Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!®, http://www.StarStyleRadio.com, we continue to inspire listeners in more than 219 countries with segments on health, lifestyle, gardening, and of course, books with interviews of the pioneers on the planet. Thousands of books were donated to the families affected by Hurricane Sandy this past winter and more books were donated to shelters, hospitals, and schools. Volunteers herald from countries around the globe as we continue our mission of "read, lead, succeed." Thank you to everyone who continues to support Be the Star You Are!® with your time, money, and expertise. Make sure to check our http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org, http://www.BTSYA.org.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks to all the supporters and volunteers of Be the Star You Are!® who have done so much to make this grassroots charity a TOP NON PROFIT for the past three years. As you read this, Be the Star You Are!® has launched Operation Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief to supply books and resources to families adversely affected by the super storms on the East Coast. We hope you'll join the campaign and help as much as possible so that kids have a gift for the holidays. EVERYONE COUNTS. More info here: http://www.btsya.com/hurricane_sandy_relief.html

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2011-2012 has been an amazing year of growth for Be the Star You Are!® charity with several new programs launched including the creative community website for writing, arts, music, videoes, etc at www.BTSYA.com, Operation Tornado Relief which sent thousands of books valued at $49,000 to the Joplin, Mo schools and hospitals, and the new teen radio program, Express Yourself!™ broadcasting on the Voice America Kids Network, hosted by youth around the country ages 13-18. I am very proud to be a volunteer with Be the Star You Are!™ and delighted that it is a top rated non profit. Visit www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com for the newest outreach program, where teens talk and the world listens.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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