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BE THE STAR YOU ARE INC
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have helped kick-off the organization's grant-writing campaign.