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Phone: 925-376-7126
PO Box 376
Moraga
California 94556
USA
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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.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Volunteer with:
1. our Letters for Literacy program
2. our Book Review Team
3. our Social Networking Team
4. a community event
5. deliver books to those in need
6. become a reporter on our teen radio program
7. finding beneficiaries who need our support
8. fundraising
9. Find a sponsor for our next national Essay Contest

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

Broadcasts live every Thursday from 3-4 pm PST/6-7pm EST on World Talk Radio/Voice America. 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://mycause.com/BTSYA

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/

15. RED ROOM- our site for our books
http://www.redroom.com/member/cynthiabrian

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/





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 September 1999 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 1997 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. 





In 1998, 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 2013, Be the Star You Are! has served approximately 319,800 individuals and families within 82 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.

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04/17/14
Being part of Be the Star You Are has given me the opportunity to read tons of books (which I already did) and help out people by writing book reviews that anyone can access on the website. Spending a little bit of extra time to try to convince a fellow book enthusiast to pick up an excellent book ... more »
04/17/14
I have had such an amazing experience with Be The Star You Are! They have encouraged me to reach further into my community and to do better. I am always striving to serve and show others that they too can be socially responsible. I believe that BTSYA is an EXCELLENT resource for youth and others ... more »
04/16/14
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 ... more »
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1. our Letters for Literacy program
2. our Book Review Team
3. our Social Networking Team
4. a community event
5. deliver books to those in need
6. become a reporter on our teen radio program
7. finding beneficiaries who need our support
8. fundraising
9. Find a sponsor for our next national Essay Contest Volunteer

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