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April 15, 2014

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April 23, 2013

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 wi... more

April 15, 2014

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.

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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!

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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?

2014

April 23, 2013

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.

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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

November 7, 2012

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

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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

May 10, 2012

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.

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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

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

We have been working with BE THE STAR YOU ARE for many, many years. Our company has donated computers and also done some software development for this important 501(c)3. I am always impressed with how much they get done for a given dollar of donation!! We donate whenever we can, time, money, and advise.

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

I have seen the stats on thousands of books that BE THE STAR YOU ARE ships out -- it is an amazing project!

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

I would find more WELL CONNECTED PEOPLE to serve as board members. Connections really help!

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!

Ways to make it better...

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.

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

I am a volunteer with the Porter Billups Leadership Academy in Denver. The Academy works with low income children in the metro Denver area. Students spend three weeks on campus at Regis University in Denver every summer. The focus is on academics and life skills. The intent is to prepare them for college. The Academy has a high success rate. A high percentage of its students are accepted to and graduate from college. This year we will be using

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

seeing how the focus on positive media helps children develop a more positive view of the world and of themslves.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the funding level to serve more kids.

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

working with the founder, Cynthia Brian.

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

genuine, caring people.

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

create a more positive world, by teaching kids to be more positive -- about themselves and life in general.

Ways to make it better...

we had more funds to help more children.

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

money, money, money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a first rate organization. Cynthia is an energetic and committed person. We need more like it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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