BE THE STAR YOU ARE INC

Rating: 4.99 stars   106 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: PO Box 376 Moraga CA 94556 USA

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 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 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. 

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 2014, Be the Star You Are! has served approximately 419,800 individuals and families within 84 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. 6. Operation Midwest Tornado Disaster Relief-in November of 2013 severe storms swept across twelve states in the Midwest with multiple tornadoes damaging thousands of structures. Be the Star You Are!® delivered 2000 brand new books valued at $40,000 to fire departments, churches, schools, and shelters to be given to children as holiday gifts. http://www.BTSYA.org
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.
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 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://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/ 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/
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Rating: 5 stars  

"Be the Star You are" continues to excel each year -- giving literacy a boost for thousands of kids around the country. And, by doing that, giving them a chance to really "make a difference" in this world. It is a well run and efficient charity!

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

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Dan you are a first class man with a first class plan. Thank you for all the years of being our shining STAR!

Rating: 5 stars  

We at the Good-Earth Store have been donating a percentage of our profits to Be The Star You are for over a year. One of their main goals is to promote literacy which we believe reduces other social issues like crime and teen pregnancy, as it gives people self worth. We also know that our dollars are well spent on the cause, not someone's salary.

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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!

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

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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To find out more about a charity, volunteer for them; and then while you are there, working, take a look around at the other volunteers. Hard work and perseverance goes hand in hand especially with "Be The Star You Are" charity. Volunteers for this charity are willing to give their time; you can see it in their faces, the smiles are unbeatable. A great bunch to work with. Cynthia Brian is upbeat and a pleasure to work with!

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

Volunteering my time at the 10 year reunion in 2009. On ebay when certain items sell in my ebay store, a portion goes to "Be The Star You Are!"

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

The friendship and all of the hard work other volunteers seem to give.

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

Cynthia Brian is awesome! Giving her all, determination, and love, she is definately a hard act to follow! Cynthia is knowledgeable, kind, friendly and she creates a warm environment that is easy to embrace.

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

BTSYA would use every dollar and account for every dollar spent. BTSYA is one charity that uses resources to the fullest and does without all of the bells and whistles. They are serious about spending funds on their mission.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Cynthia Brian manages Be the Star You Are! in an exceptionally gifted manner. Her enthusiasm and motivation serve as tremendous support for not only the people served by the organization, but also the volunteers and staff working for BTSYA! She's a natural leader. I've worked with her, performed on radio with her, and promoted her and the nonprofit's efforts in my publications for several years. She never fails to impress, and her position as role-model has catapulted others into new lives, all because they crossed the paths of Cynthia and BTSYA! Phenomenal example.

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following its work as it affected kids and teens in literacy endeavors.

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do nothing that Cynthia Brian isn't already doing.

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Be the Star You Are! is a phenomenally empowering organization for teens, teen advocates, writers and human beings period. I've followed their rise for six years, participated in the radio shows, donated to their causes and even written a chapter for their recent project Be the Star You Are! For Teens - the chapter on HOPE. I can't say enough good about these people and their leader, Cynthia Brian, a true Renaissance woman who lets nothing stand in her way to do good for others. Needless to say, I'm a huge fan. C. Hope Clark, Editor FundsforWriters Writer's Digest's 101 Best Websites for Writers, 2001-2010 Ten years of recognized excellence

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

appearing as a guest author. The uplifting treatment I received had lasting impact on my work as an author. What marvelous charisma and concern for people!

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

break records helping teens and literacy. This executive director paves new roads in her mission to make the world a better place.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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