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January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

I have been a volunteer with Be The Star You Are since 9th grade, and I love to incorporate my love of reading into a service for the community. This organization truly promotes the importance of literacy, giving and self-motivation. I am so grateful to be a member of this charity, and I absolutely love working with Cynthia!

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

bringing light to important issues, and in promoting strength in women, family, and teenagers!

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

branch out further and spread our message so that more people can be aware of our messages and actions.

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

I've been a volunteer since 10th grade--now, I am about to graduate college! I feel tremendously lucky to have been a part of a wonderful organization that promotes its positive message through many outlets. The radio show vitally supports BTSYA's outreach efforts!

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

making a difference among underprivileged youth.

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

make it larger. The mission is so powerful that we always need people to

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

I have been volunteering and co-hosting the radio program with BE THE STAR YOU ARE since 1998. I have always felt that BE THE STAR YOU ARE works to promote positive messages and help our listeners find meaning and passion in their lives. BE THE STAR YOU ARE has put in great efforts over the years to improve the lives of teens and at risk youth. i am so proud and honored to be part of the BE THE STAR YOU ARE family. this is an amazing non-profit

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

being out in the community and seeing how much of an impact BE THE STAR YOU ARE has on its community members. people and other organizations are always so thankful for the possitive impact BE THE STAR YOU ARE provides

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

i wish more people were aware of this amazing organization and would donate both their time and money to help this great organization continue to help others. being a non-profit has its challenges and i think more donations would help this organization thrive and allow it to continue to help out those in need

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

Ever since I began volunteering for this organization, I've felt a resurgence in self-motivation and pride in knowing that I'm making an impact on community. I believe there is no other charity that is more winning and passionate about changing lives as this one. The hard work and dedication put into this charity by its leaders are evident by Be the Star You Are!®'s steady growth and stunning accomplishments. This organization extends its help in multiple ways, whether it may be from inviting guest authors to speak in its radio program or collecting and donating books to help fight against illiteracy. While working with Cynthia, I can truly sense her incredible dedication towards all of whom Be the Star You Are!® serves. It's a rewarding experience working for this charity!

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

Reading the raving reviews and comments by guest authors who consistently praise Cynthia and her charity. I also enjoy being able to extend the positive efforts of the radio program Starstyle-Be the Star You Are!.

Ways to make it better...

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

Spread the word out to other communities and charities who might be interested in helping Be the Star You Are!®

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Meeting other volunteers

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Researching skills

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Rewarding

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

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

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

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