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January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

It has been my pleasure to know Cynthia Brian and her talk show Be The Star That You Are for many years. Recently I broke off from my career in public relations to pursue a dream in opening my own equine assisted therapy business. So I have had the unique experience of both booking guests on Cynthia's show for over a decade and getting the glowing responses from our clients as to what a consummate professional she is but also just this past month was invited to be a guest on the show and got to experience first hand the truths behind all those credits. Be The Star That You Are is a very special showcase and brings to light so many very important issues, ideas, and concepts that truly stands to educate, inform and enlighten the audience to cutting edge therapies, lifestyle missions and tips to lead a productive and fulfilling life. Cynthia brings this cadence with each show and also makes everything she talks about interesting, I think because she is genuinely engaged in learning and growing for herself which makes it an open and inviting platform for her listeners. It becomes clear that she is passionately guiding this program and its purpose to help those around her to live more fully and with happiness. It is my pleasure and honor to be a part of this mission!

Christianna Capra
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Spring Reins of Hope-Growth, Getting to the Horse of the Matter
www.springreinsofhope.com

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

Was able to experience the routine of being a guest after many years of providing guests with expert content. Both were an enriching experience for me, my clients and my own business.

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

Only allow it more awareness and recognition so that more people can be helped and touched by its message and information.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

via my work as a publicist at Krupp Kommunications

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

to be the star that I am, and seeing encouragement for others to do the same...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

Be The Star You Are ("BTSYA") is a wonderful charity and radio program linking authors with positive messages to those who can benefit most - at-risk children and families. Cynthia Brian is a dedicated and extremely talented host and leader for BTSYA. Cynthia and BTSYA allowed me to bring my message of purpose, passion and ocean-awareness in The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob to the public and has distributed my books to children who othewise would not have access to them. In this way, BTSYA is a critical link between authors and publishers like me and the families and children with the most to gain from our work. I am grateful to have been selected as a BTSYA guest author.

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

the great, in-depth interview I received and the distribution of my books to children and families in need.

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

Make sure Cynthia Brian had alot of incentives to remain with the organizaion.

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

Since 1998 I have had the privilege of writing, producing, and hosting the weekly radio show, Starstyle-Be the Star You Are! under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® charity. What started out as a small broadcast has transformed into an internationally acclaimed positive media program that is fundamental to the outreach of the charity. The program is proud to be part of the Voice America/World Talk Radio network. More than 2000 authors and experts have been interviewed.

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

promoting authors, books, and positive messages that enhance and make a difference in the lives of the listeners. In addition, the volunteers offer numerous art activities at events including paint a pot, plant a seed, mask making, tatooing, coloring contests, book mark creations, face fainting and more. Be the Star You Are!® volunteers are dedicated and resourceful. They are the GREATEST!

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

ask that corporations and businesses adopt the charity as their personal cause and sponsor the radio broadcast to assist their employees,families and the world in reading, leading, and succeeding.

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

I have been impressed with Be the Star You Are! for two main reasons. First, the organization is attacking the key root cause of illiteracy: at-risk children do not have access to appropriate books. Researchers have shown that simply surrounding children with more books helps improve literacy rates. BTSYA has succeeded in donating more than $1.6 million worth of books to those who need them most. BTSYA works with other nonprofits to understand their needs and give books that are positive and appropriate. As a result, libraries, day care centers, battered women's shelters, and juvenile detention halls now have quality books. The second key strength of BTSYA is that our donations go to programs. We are an all-volunteer organization. Our founder has key relationships with publishers to get books for free. Our organization handles the shipping and matching the books with nonprofit groups in need. The bottom line is that we leverage a lean budget through our innovative partnerships with the publishing industry and the dedication of our founder and volunteers.

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I have personally read dozens of testimonials from people helped by Be the Star You Are!, and I have had the chance to work with founder Cynthia Brian, who is a positive dynamo! These two reasons make me feel so inspired to keep helping.

Ways to make it better...

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

Successfully attain some grant funding!

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

reading about how many children the organization has helped.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated teens passionate about reading and writing.

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

empower children, women and youth to Read, Lead and Succeed everywhere.

Ways to make it better...

we had a larger, more accessible gathering place for volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Consistent funding sources that we can count on and forecast.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

I have been involved in various projects with Be the Star You Are! for 5 years, and in this time have had the opportunity to get to know this charity inside and out. I began on the book review team, which I felt has always helped provide excellent tools for educators and youth to find good books that they are interested in and hopefully go on to develop a lifelong love of reading. This project also provides new volunteers with an easy way to become involved in the charity and to potentially develop a passion for its causes. As I gradually became involved in more projects such as events and online sales, I was truly able to sense the passion and dedication that founder Cynthia Brian and her volunteers bring to their work. Those involved with BTSYA exemplify commitment and constantly inspire the best out of each other. From knowing Cynthia and being influenced by her example, I have personally grown as a reader, a writer, a contributor to the community, and a young adult in general. Her undying optimism and especially her can-do attitude constantly inspire and become instilled in those around her. The mission statement and a dedication to carrying it out has pushed me and my peers at BTSYA to bring energy, creativity, cooperation, compromise, hard work, and a knack for problem solving to whatever tasks we are faced with. Creating the leaders of tomorrow begins with empowering the youth of today, something BTSYA really does for those who are involved it. We all know about the extensive contributions that BTSYA makes to the larger community—book donations to disaster relief efforts such as Hurricane Katrina, a long list of beneficiary organizations, thousands of dollars worth of books donated to those in need, a radio show promoting literacy, etc. To add on to that, BTSYA is equally effective in empowering its own young adult, men, and women volunteers. The charity truly sheds a positive influence on all those affiliated and empowers us to become the stars within us!

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

reading thank-you notes written by beneficiaries who express their appreciation and happiness for book donations. It is gratifying to know and gives reason to continue being involved in the charity.

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

organizing and attending the events, such as our Tenth Anniversary event. Also, knowing how much funding we were able to raise at the events.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed to and passionate about the cause they contribute to. They are role model community members!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

Be the Star You Are! is a charity I decided to volunteer for b/c I believe in it's mission and the strength and commitment of its leader and contributors.

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

seeing how the books and events touch people in a way they can relate to and gain strength from.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

I live in Washington State, and my Aunt in California was a volunteer with Be the Star You Are! charity. She asked for my help to create a flyer for a fundraiser, and that rapidly developed into being the long-distance webmaster for the organization. Cynthia Brian is so much fun to collaborate with, and her true passion for the cause is contageous. In the purest nature of a non-profit, there is no money spent on staff or fluff. This work is all-volunteer, and money raised all goes to the good works of the program. You just have to read the reviews and praise on the website to know how many people have been helped and truly touched by Be the Star You Are!

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

reading the positive reviews, praise, and thanks from the individuals and organizations served.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 9, 2010

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May 9, 2010

I felt empowered by writing reviews for books that were to go directly to youths in poor areas.As a former school teacher it was empowering to have a chance to help the cause of education in schools , the cause of literacy thru encouraging the pleasure of good reading. Cynthia Brian is an inspiration in herself and one who inspires reaching for a higher self committment. She has been indefatigueable in her determination to improve the lot of those more in need. Many volunteers have been trained by Ms Brian and are the better for it. I am proud to be included in her charity.

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I have read and reread Be the Star You Are. I have read it to friends and with friends. And gifted it to family members, in the UK. I have been personally inspired to reach out to my own brother -for the betterment of both of us. Thankyou .

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

Amid the darkness of drugs, violence, poverty, and illiteracy, Be the Star You Are! shines through, providing empowerment to women, families, and youths-at-risk through various programs and activities. Their charitable works include donating books to various organizations, such as New York Fire Department Family Crisis Center, Wings to Fly, and Community Substance Abuse Center; and a weekly Be the Star You Are! radio program. A great nonprofit always has a great leader; this holds true especially to Be the Star You Are!; its founder, Cynthia Brian, has devoted her time, effort, and love to reaching out to those in need. You can instantly feel her warmth and contagious optimism when you talk with her; I know, for I was honored to be her radio guest four times. Whenever I support Be the Star You Are! I know that my contributions will go directly to motivating, inspiring, and empowering each woman and youth to become the true star they are!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm-hearted, loving, positive, truly concerned for the wellbeing of today's women and youths and the future of our society

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

I am the guest coordinator for Be the Star You Are! radio program with producer and host Cynthia Brian. Cynthia Brian is a dedicated and positive individual who tirelessly works to serve others. Be the Star You Are! is an upbeat outreach program that serves to increase literacy on the air. Broadcasting live since 1998, it serves as an important example of how we can all be a part of sending positive messages to the world. Our guest authors also really benefit from the show. Here are just some of the praises for the show: "I heard the interview and enjoyed it very much. I even enjoyed the interview before mine...I would love to come back on your show in the near future." Sheila Singleton, author of Watchful Eyes "I am again amazed at how skillfully and intelligently Ms. Brian structures the interview and moves it along. She has the intellectual breadth as well as the skill to be the first rate hostess she is." Hank Jensen, radio listener "What fun being interviewed by you. Relaxed, friendly, interesting. I was especially impressed by how thoroughly you'd read our 2 books and understood them...That's a fine service you provide to people with interesting books and projects...I'd love to be on your show again any time. Thanks a bunch to you!" Nancy Rekow, author of Minnie Rose Lovgreen's Recipe for Raising Chickens

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

positive testimonials

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

the genuinely positive and pleasant experience along with the fruitful outcome serving others

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Volunteer with:1. our Letters for Literacy program2. our Book Review Team3. our Social Networking Team4. a community event5. deliver books to those in need6. become a reporter on our teen radio program7. finding beneficiaries who need our support8. fundraising9. Find a sponsor for our next national Essay Contest Volunteer