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March 28, 2015

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1 previous review
April 15, 2014

Signing up as a volunteer with Be the Star You Are this past summer was my first step to an active commitment in my community, an involvement that has helped me grow beyond my shell and take a leaders... more

March 28, 2015

Be the Star You Are is unrivaled in its commitment to promoting literacy and spreading wholesome literature in its community and beyond. BTSYA has offered me so many opportunities as a volunteer -- sharing local teens' messages through the local Lamorinda Weekly newspaper, and writing for the online Press Pass and BTSYA blogs. BTSYA is remarkable in that every member brings an extraordinary and unique contribution to the group to serve an end we all strongly believe in. I've been able to contribute my music skills to spreading the message about BTSYA in the community through lively pop-up concerts. Other members for example contribute their impressive speaking skills through the radio program. BTSYA is committed to empowering teens -- helping them find important and fulfilling roles in the organization, and helping them make a difference in their community. From regular book donations to active participation in local festivals to spread the word of BTSYA, BTSYA continues to serve and empower women, families and children.
April 15, 2014

Signing up as a volunteer with Be the Star You Are this past summer was my first step to an active commitment in my community, an involvement that has helped me grow beyond my shell and take a leadership role directing concert fundraisers and a writer for the local newspaper. I have organized street performances for BTSYA outreach and fundraising, which I think are a great example of taking the best of one's individual talents and combining them with others' to make a direct and positive impact on the local community, especially using that connection to promote the important cause of literacy. I am extremely thankful for these opportunities and hope to continue exploring my abilities and the possibilities of contributing positively to my community with Be the Star You Are.
March 28, 2015

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April 28, 2013

It's been about five years since I first started volunteering with Be the Star You Are! Charity, and I'm very happy to say that I am still a part of the charity, even as a college student. Joining Be ... more

March 28, 2015

After working and volunteering with Be the Star You Are! Charity for the past seven years, I have nothing but praise for its goals of positivity, literacy, and well-being for women, families, and youth across the world. Though the volunteer team at Be the Star You Are! has changed constantly since I first joined, the team dynamic has always stayed the same. Everyone is warm, welcoming, and loves working with others to spread the goodwill of this charity to others. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to begin working with this charity so many years ago!
April 28, 2013

It's been about five years since I first started volunteering with Be the Star You Are! Charity, and I'm very happy to say that I am still a part of the charity, even as a college student. Joining Be the Star You Are! has given me many opportunities to work with adults on a business level and to broadcast on a radio show. Thanks to these experiences, I have gained more confidence in both my communication skills and in myself. I look forward to continuing my work with Be the Star You Are! and highly suggest anyone interested in communications and media to check this charity out.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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?

2013

January 26, 2011

I've been working with Be the Star You Are! for the past three years, and I have truly enjoyed every minute of it. As a volunteer, I read and review books of all different genres and help out at various events. Volunteering with Be the Star You Are! has introduced me to many new people, all of whom are very kind, dedicated people. It is because of my work with Be the Star You Are! that I have met so many teenagers with the same interests as me: reading, writing, and helping others.
Cynthia Brian, the founder of Be the Star You Are!, is inspirational, optimistic, and extremely dedicated to her work. Through her positive influence as a role model, I feel like I have grown as a writer and learned more about interacting with others.

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my personal life, writing, reading, and growth as a person.

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

try to attend more events rather than only review books.

March 28, 2015

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March 28, 2015

As a starting volunteer, I feel that BTSYA is an amazing program that truly seeks to broadcast a positive and uplifting message to the world. This charity's every action contributes to the good in the world, be it on a larger scale or just the small everyday kindnesses that brings warmth to our hearts. Cynthia is a wonderfully ebullient and enthusiastic individual--a joy to work with.
March 27, 2015

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March 27, 2015

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!
March 27, 2015

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April 16, 2014

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 impact... more

March 27, 2015

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!
April 16, 2014

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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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

May 11, 2012

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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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 25, 2011

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Share it directly with the families and youth in Watts.

March 27, 2015

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March 27, 2015

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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March 27, 2015

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.
March 27, 2015

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1 previous review
May 11, 2012

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 organiza... more

March 27, 2015

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!
May 11, 2012

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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Would you volunteer for this group again?

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

March 26, 2015

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March 26, 2015

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!
March 26, 2015

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1 previous review
May 5, 2010

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... more

March 26, 2015

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!
May 5, 2010

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.

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

receiving books for our charity.

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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

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