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Be The Star You Are Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Literacy, Radio, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

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: With no paid staff, since receiving our 501c3 status in 1999, Be the Star You Are! has served approximately 420,820 individuals and families within 110 organizations and has logged almost 500,890 volunteer hours, while distributing over $2 million in resources and broadcasting 1500 unique hours of positive programming. Be the Star You Are! was nominated for the California Governor’s and First Lady’s Service Awards and has been touted with five star ratings as a Top Rated Non Profit by GuideStar and Great Non Profits for the Women’s Empowerment, Arts and Culture, and the Arts Appreciation Campaigns since 2010. Be the Star You Are! radio program broadcasts to 4.5 million listeners in 219 countries and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio, the #1 most listened to YA program on the Voice America Network reaches 132 nations. More than 2500 authors, experts, and professionals have been interviewed on our shows. Over 2000 books have been read and reviewed by our Star Teen Book Review Team . www.BTSYA.org NATIONAL OUTREACH SUCCESS STORIES 1. Operation Ground Hero¬–With the attacks on America on September 11, 2001. 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–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 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. 7. Operation Valley Fire Disaster Relief-September 2015 the Lake County. $2500 worth of books and resources donated to the victims. 8. Operation Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief-October 2016. Be the Star You Are!® shipped over $16,300 worth of new books to organizations, children’s centers, non-profits in Georgia, Florida, N & S. Carolina. MORE

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 discusses pop culture http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=764 Always archived with descriptions, photos, and information at http://www.bethestaryouareradio.com 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.Free on ITUNES: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=310762728 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 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://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 9. VISIT BE THE STAR YOU ARE! http://www.bethestaryouare.org . VIDEO: ABC Salutes Be the Star You Are!® charity http://volunteers.magnify.net/video/Be-The-Star-You-Are

Community Stories

169 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 katelyndarrow

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working the Be The Star You Are for almost 8 years, and I am forever grateful for the experiences I gained while volunteering with this nonprofit. Founder, Cynthia Brian, has served as a mentor to me since I was 15 years old and first delving into the world of broadcast journalism. Through BTSYA’s radio program, “Express Yourself! Teen Radio,” I was able to gain hands-on experience with writing segments and recording weekly. Even today, I continue to serve as a part-time host and field reporter with my segment, “The Gift of Giving”. I have interviewed countless inspiring individuals, including authors, musicians, activists, war veterans and more. If I weren’t a host with BTSYA’s Express Yourself! Teen Radio, then I would never get to have these conversations. In addition to radio, I became a published author through Be The Star You Are. I have two chapters published in Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers: Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. This was an absolute dream come true! BTSYA’s programming has provided an abundance of creative outlets, and I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities I have received through this organization. Thank you to Cynthia Brian for founding this organization, and for continuing to support me in my endeavors!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started as a member of the Be The Star You Are team and it has been absolutely amazing! I have gotten to interview really cool people and I am given opportunities of a lifetime that I wouldn't have gotten without being a part of this. Through this nonprofit, I am able to express my love for broadcast journalism, raise awareness about prevalent global issues, and grow in my confidence as an aspiring journalist. Cynthia is so sweet and she is a huge mentor to me and is always spreading love and positivity to everyone. She is really passionate about what she does and cares about everyone she works with. I am so happy to be a part of this team!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer with Be The Star You Are for several years in high school, and have stayed in touch with Cynthia Brian ever since. She works tirelessly to spread joy, positivity, and support wherever she goes. BTSYA promotes positive media messaging, empowers youth, and serves communities on both a local and global scale. My volunteering experience had a profound impact on me, and continues to inspire me in my career as an author. This selfless organization should be recognized and lauded for the incredible impact it makes daily.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with Cynthia Brian for multiple years. As part of her team at BTSYA, I witnessed firsthand how meaningful and effective nonprofit charities can be. As a collaborative team, we truly made a difference through a combination of volunteer outreach, book events, and community-based programming. Besides gaining valuable event-planning experience at the charity, I found a unique springboard for my current writing career. I'm still thankful for the wonderful opportunities BTSYA afforded me and the friendships I made during my time there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Be The Star You Are is AMAZING! The work that is done to help young people better themselves and achieve their goals is inspiring! Keep it up, BTST

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Be The Star You Are!" is an incredible organization. Cynthia Brian has created such an amazing program through positivity, real-world/true-to-life information, and guidance for young people. Her organization helps young people steer through growing up and allowing them to be the best version of themselves. As a firefighter working in Watts (Los Angeles), California, I know how important it is for young people to have direction, mentors, and support throughout their lives. This charity is the exact type of program that every community needs; and, through the widespread outreach of the "Be The Star You Are!" organization, Cynthia Brian is able to affect development all over the world. Truly inspirational!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm extremely proud to be able to contribute to BTSYA's amazing work. Not only does BTSYA reach out to and support countless others, the experience I've had working with them as a volunteer has been equally educational and enriching.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTSYA is honestly amazing. As of now, I've been volunteering as a reporter and host for BTSYA's teen radio show for only a few months, but it's already provided me with so much. It's given me countless opportunities to speak about my interests, have fun, meet new people, and grow and develop as a person. Cynthia Brian is unbelievably kind and supportive, and an amazing leader and mentor all around. I am truly honored to be a part of this team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed my time volunteering and making book reviews with BTSYA for the past few years. The organization has enabled me to spread the joy of reading onto a larger platform, and for that I am forever grateful.

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1 Brigitte-J

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible as always, every year! Cynthia Brian and Be the Star You Are reach so many people in need of positivity and support. I'm proud to call myself a volunteer and I hope to see BTSYA continue its great work for many years to come!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Another great year as a teen volunteer for Be The Star You Are! Only ever the best things to say about Cynthia Brian's amazing mentoring and the work that the charity accomplishes. This year, Be The Star You Are! provided victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma and the Napa fires with books and living items. Be The Star You Are! volunteers came together as a team to bring donations to families and individuals in need of care after each natural disaster. I'm so grateful to be a part of this charity and participate in amazing outreach projects under Cynthia's guidance. Read, Lead, Succeed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Be The Star You Are for over 10 years. Although my role and involvement has varied as I've gone away to college, graduated and moved out of town, started a full time job, etc., BTSYA has always stayed in touch and offered me opportunities as they came along. I am forever thankful for everything BTSYA has offered me over the years. This organization deserves all the recognition and support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My personal experience with Be The Star You Are is, and always has been, fantastic. I started book-reviewing with BTSYA when I was in high school and am still involved today, now three years out of college. Through this charity I was able to become a published author, get interviewed on television, and write & co-host its radio show. I would highly recommend this charity to any young person looking to get involved in the community and/or looking for a career in media. The founder Cynthia Brian is a great leader, mentor, and connection.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be the Star You Are is led by an amazing woman in Cynthia Brian who is so passionate to service that she is constantly thinking of new ways to improve people’s lives any way she knows how. The organization participates in a diverse set of efforts and initiatives that promote positive media messaging, support natural disaster relief, and empower youth. It follows a multi-pronged approach to achieve each of these objectives, and is always looking for even more opportunities to do good in the community. Additionally, Cynthia puts in hours and hours of her time-in addition to the hours of course needed for everything previously mentioned-to mentor the teen volunteers and help them succeed. Absolutely a great nonprofit worthy of five stars

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been almost three years since I've started volunteering with Be the Star You Are, and I can say with certainty that joining was one of the best decisions of my life. Here, we have the rare organization that not only does good work for the community, but also actively promotes its volunteers and helps afford them the sorts of opportunities not found elsewhere. I've worked as Lead Host of BTSYA's teen radio show, Chairperson of BTSYA's latest efforts in disaster relief, and even published author in BTSYA's latest positive message media anthology. Nowhere else could I have found such service opportunities, and I look forward to taking advantage of them even more in the months and years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a reporter and host for Be the Star You Are's Express Yourself Teen Radio has provided me a platform to empower the youth community and make my voice heard. I have strengthened my communication and professional skills by writing scripts and interviewing various guests. Cynthia is a great mentor -- she is incredibly supportive and inspirational. I am so thankful to work under her wings! :)

-Siri Phaneendra

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a reporter and host for Be the Star You Are's Express Yourself Teen Radio. Being part of the BTSYA family has empowered me to positively impact the youth community and make my voice heard. I have strengthened my communication skills by participating in various BTSYA's radio shows. From writing scripts to interviewing guests, this platform has been providing me endless opportunities for professional development. Cynthia is a great mentor -- there are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how supportive and inspirational she has been since the beginning. I am so blessed and fortunate to work with her and the BTSYA team!
-Siri Phaneendra

1 serendipity

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This outstanding nonprofit is a model for all. It's amazing leader, Cynthia Brian is the engine that makes it all happen!

Over the years I've seen many instances where Cynthia has gained the support and rallied teen volunteers to reach out to those in need, no matter where they are or what situation presents itself.

I had the honor of writing two chapters (The Gift of Adoption and The Gift of Mentoring) in Cynthia's most recently published book as well as radio broadcasts. My main focus is on scattering kindness which is in direct alignment with Be The Star You Are. I have been able to share many ideas in their monthly newsletter and through the great comraderie with Cynthia.

I support this fine organization because I believe in their cause and their leadership, and I encourage you to do the same!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing is one way to describe this outstanding nonprofit and its fearless leader, Cynthia Brian. Over the years I've seen many instances where Cynthia has been a role model in rallying teen volunteers to reach out to those in need, no matter where they are or what situation presents itself.

I had the honor of writing two chapters (The Gift of Adoption and The Gift of Mentoring) in Cynthia's most recently published book as well as doing radio broadcasts. My main focus is now on scattering kindness -- www.scattering kindness.com and through Be The Star You Are, I have been able to share many ideas in their monthly newsletter.

I support this fine organization because I believe in their cause and their leadership, and I encourage you to do the same.

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StarLady

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's 2020 and Be the Star You Are!r is in its 21st year! Who would have thought that this grassroots, all-volunteer non-profit with a mission to empower women, families, and youth would still be operating since it relies 100% on the generous donations of individuals. This past year, BTSYA was honored by the California Legislature Assembly for 20 years of critical contributions to the community and country. I am proud to be a volunteer and look forward to continuing to help those in need through the many programs of BTSYA, including radio shows, disaster relief, book publishing, book reviews, events, and book distributions. Make sure to make a tax- deductible donation of any amount with no fees at https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504. Together we will elevate our world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can't believe that Be the Star You Are! is part way through its 20th year as a 501 c3 charity. It has been quite the journey. The volunteers continue their quest to help in so many areas. Our two radio broadcasts are booming, book review volunteers herald from around the world, and our Operation Disaster Relief program is helping thousands of people affected by devastations. We launched our 3rd book in the Be the Star You Are! series, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World with 31 contributors from Be the Star You Are!. Youth who began with us in middle school or high school have graduated or are graduating university and thriving. Thanks to everyone who supports this marvelous organization. YOU ARE THE STARS!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful charity led by a fantastic, giving, loving person. Thanks for being the Star YOU are, Cynthia! You and your family have helped so many people, keep up the great, inspiring work!
-Steve Garland, SGM Advertising

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past four years, I have been the teen event coordinator and a reporter on Express Yourself! Teen Radio. I have enjoyed it immensely. Through event planning, I have been able to exercise and develop many life skills that I will continue to use in the future. Cynthia has been by my side with reassurance and support every step of the way. This has allowed me to create an impact within my community that, years ago, I could have never imagined- from setting up and running each annual booth at local festivals, to coordinating a fundraiser with Vineyard Vines. Be The Star You Are charity has given me the incredible gift of freedom and empowerment. Through reaching out to and helping others, I have been fortunate enough to learn and grow as an individual in every way possible.

Being on the radio has always been my creative outlet, a place where I can share my thoughts amongst a community full of support and encouragement. Every week, I always look forward to chatting with the hosts about the topics I am passionate about- from tracing the origins of the women's rights movement to examining historical revolutions in depth and analyze their impact on today's world. The freedom to express yourself on this platform is truly unparalleled, and I would highly recommend taking advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to say what's on your mind amongst such a positive community.

Heather30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Be the Star you are since I was a teen. The incredible impact it has made on my life and thousands of others, has continued me to stay involved all through my 20's and now in my 30's!! This organization is based on motivating others through the power of possitivity and inspirational media. If you are looking to participate in a non profit, I highly reccomend this one!!! Thank you for every beautiful moment this organization has brought into my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Be the Star You are" has been part of my life for many many years now. I think this is one of the most important and yet under funded charities. If you want to make a difference TODAY for the youth of TOMORROW, volunteer and Donate to this charity. I have seen first hand the positive impact of this organization. Be the Star you Are is continuously working with the community to get possitive and inspirational media ( books, magazine, videos, etc) into the hands of our youth. Also, at BTSYA, many of the volunteers are in their teens and by volunteering with this organization it has helped shaped their future and their views towards being an active member of their community. SUPPORT THIS AWESOME ORGANIZATION!!

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ccheng26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known the founder of Be the Star You Are! Charity, Cynthia Brian, for over 10 years now, and if anything, time has only made her even more passionate and persevering of her cause. I'm grateful that my very first volunteer experiences as an 8th grader were with her; she' inspired me to continue giving back at a young age and showed me just how many forms "giving back" could take.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be the Star You Are! Charity is filled with positivity and constantly aims to empower teens across the world. I've worked with this charity for the past ten years and continue to support it because I believe its mission is one of which everyone should always be reminded.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When it comes to non-profits, it's all about the achieving results. And that is what Cynthia Cynthia Brian is simply the best at helping kids of all types. As a best-selling author, I work with many tween and teen groups. Never have I worked with a group that is so passionate and creates so much joy, and incredible success, as "Be The Star Your Are." From donating books to the kids who lost everything in the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California to helping kids who just need a mentor, there is no end to the fabulous work they do. I was very proud when she asked me to donate a couple cases of my "Kandide" series of best selling fantasy adventure novels to Camp Fire fund. Cynthia is always there for the kids. It is such an honor to be there for her and work with this amazing organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Be The Star You Are Inc. is a wonderful nonprofit that supports children's literacy. My company, Children's Success Unlimited LLC, has had the pleasure to work with Cynthia Brian and her team to donate Blue Ocean Bob children's books to families in need throughout the country following natural disasters and for underprivileged communities. With a focus on youth and a positive message, this nonprofit deserves recognition and support for the amazing work that it does to empower and inspire the next generation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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We thank you, Brooks, for wanting to make sure that kids everywhere get to read the message of The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob. Your spirit of generosity is contagious.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be The Star You Are changed my life! The organization's founder, Cynthia Brian, is the world's greatest mentor and the most selfless individual I have ever known or worked with. I wish there was an option to rate this nonprofit 10 stars!!! -Henna Hundal

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be The Star You Are is a gamechanger! By providing platforms for youth to express themselves and build the confidence they need to succeed in the real world, the organization empowers and uplifts the future generation. For the tremendous impact BTSYA has had on my life, I am eternally grateful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTSYA is a beautiful organization that I’m proud to have been a part of even for a fleeting second. I hope it continually thrives and I hope you never lose that passion to help others. And thank you for this incredible opportunity.

1 eaguilar_2018

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be The Star You Are Inc. is a phenomenal nonprofit that does amazing work in local communities and internationally. The volunteers are passionate and committed about empowering others and one another. I've worked with this group virtually for the past two years and it has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. Other nonprofits should model their organization after BTSYA because they are great and have such a high impact.

-Liz

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTSYA is a phenomenal organization that goes above and beyond to help communities throughout the U.S while allowing its volunteers to grow with it. I'm extremely fortunate to be a part of the BTSYA team and have the opportunity to work closely with so many passionate people who are motivated to make a difference in literacy and more. As a second year volunteer with the organization, I've felt nothing but support and understanding with those who I've worked with. I'm excited to continue to see where this group will go! BTSYA rocks! - Liz

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Be The Star You Are for almost two years now. I am currently a teen reporter and host for one of BTSYA's outreach programs, Express Yourself Teen Radio. Just the other day, I was having a college interview, and the interviewer asked me whether I often found myself changing my opinions and perspectives about certain topics or situations. At first, I responded, "No, not really." However, I immediately corrected my response as I thought of Express Yourself Teen Radio. Every time we have had a reporter or guest on air with us, I have learned something new. Sometimes, this "new" information is simply a fact that I did not know, but often, instead, the "new" information is a perspective that I did not previously consider. For example, it never occurred to me to see drug use more as drug dependence than drug abuse. It never occurred to me that people who leave their homes for the safety of a shelter often must leave their beloved pets behind. It never occurred to me that the hooded figure chasing me in my dreams might be me. None of these ideas occurred to me until I heard them from a reporter or guest on the radio show. In this way, volunteering for Be The Star You Are gives me not one, but two or three, or even four, more perspectives on a topic. As we discuss a theme, I am often reminded of my personal experiences, and those memories become much more valuable to me as I connect them to our on-air discussions. When I meet people, I have many more stories to tell and many more perspectives to explain because of Be The Star You Are and Express Yourself. Of all the organizations and programs out there, I believe that Be The Star You Are is the best way to better know the world, better understand others, and better appreciate yourself. As a volunteer, I know from experience that as a part of BTSYA, you learn, you grow, and you smile.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Cynthia Brian for Be the Star You Are has been one of the best opportunities and decisions of my life. As a volunteer for Be the Star You Are, I have been able to expand my communication skills in both writing and speaking. With the world constantly changing and advancing, people are becoming busier and busier. As a result, we often find less time to read and write for entertainment or take a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of life. Be The Star You Are reminds people about the small and large sources of inspiration and encouragement in life and ways to overcome obstacles and move forward toward goals. After entering high school, my priorities veered toward non practical and academic-oriented objectives. I can confidently say that volunteering for Be the Star You Are has reminded me of the importance and joy of positive messages and has rekindled my love for reading and writing. Be the Star You Are promotes positive media and literacy in such an inspirational and memorable way that it not only impacts its listeners and readers, but is also a transformative experience for its volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am SO thankful I found this wonderful organization, who has managed to bring me so much more than I could have ever imagined. I've been a part of this charity for three years, beginning from the second semester of my freshman year of high school, as the event coordinator and one of the teen reporters on the radio. Throughout the years, my experience with Be the Star You Are has pushed me to explore different aspects of myself, as well as developing leadership skills that will be essential to my future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of the BTSYA team. Cynthia Brian has graciously welcomed my writing, proofreading and researching skills for the nonprofit's books and radio shows, which promote the wonderful cause of literacy through a variety of topics. She is an incredible mentor who deeply cares about helping people see and tap into their inner potential.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I highly recommend “Be The Star You Are!” and give it a very enthusiastic 5 star rating! I have volunteered for several other organizations, but I can honestly say that “Be The Star You Are!” surpasses them all for the contributions to its cause and what it has meant to me as volunteer. Over the past two years, I have had the exciting and rewarding experience to volunteer as a field reporter for the teen radio show “Express Yourself”, from the “Be the Star You Are!” charity. In this capacity I have had the chance to report on numerous topics that are interesting and inspiring to teens. I strongly support founder Cynthia Brian’s life-changing message to listeners to “Read, Lead, Succeed!” and I love the fact that I am helping to provide a positive and empowering message to teens across the country and beyond! “Be The Star You Are!” does so many things in addition to broadcasting, such as publishing inspirational books under the same name, for which I am so proud to have contributed a chapter in its most recent edition. This past year, the organization made a difference with the Hurricane Matthew Relief Project, donating books to organizations in the affected area. It also has many other outreach programs that promote literacy to help women and youth. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization and what it means to me to be a part of it!

1 Tamie W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cynthia is such a great leader not only my daughter, but our youth. I appreciate the time and dedication she puts into Be The Star You Are, Inc. and the opportunity she provides!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow. Be The Star You Are is a top notch program. In a world where you have to censor content and hover over your child to make sure they aren't listening to anything questionable, it has been the complete opposite with this program. My husband and I do not worry about what our three kids are listening to as the content is very positive and educational. I want Cynthia and the entire crew of BTSYA to know that we appreciate them!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This amazing nonprofit is so very fortunate to have such a dedicated and professional leader in Cynthia Brian. She leads by example and never hesitates to give credit to others for helping along the way. Many children benefit from the tremendous work of this organization.

I had the privilege of meeting Cynthia Brian several years ago, and she has continued to be a role model and inspiration in all that I do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Be The Star You Are consistently goes above and beyond to serve others. Their Executive Director, Cynthia Brian, is an amazing leader who is always willing to lend a hand and to positively reinforce everyone who supports her cause.

This is what "great" nonprofits are all about!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with Be the Star You Are when I was in just seventh grade and I have learned incredible things, from organizing events to being a leader. Through the help of the charity I was able to reach out towards others and help the young adult community become positive, empowered, and more open towards literacy. The opportunities with this charity have been boundless and I'll always come back to BTSYA for anything.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm taking over the reins of being event coordinator for Be the Star You Are!® since my sister has gone off to college. It's been fun working with everyone and I look forward to a long term relationship with the organization. Best of all, I get to sing on the radio to a global audience. It's wonderful to be involved with a charity that truly cares about sharing the opinions and voices of teenagers. I've had such an incredible experience working for BTSYA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for BTSYA for a while, and I absolutely love what they have done to make a difference in everyone's lives throughout all these years! Keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this organization almost since the beginning. When volunteers stay for the long term, I don't think there's a much better statement about the organization. We support the mission with gusto!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization! Be The Star You Are truly uplifts and supports those who need it most. They are game changers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTSYA was absolutely necessary in my personal growth and my path towards encouraging positivity in today's youth. I worked as a co-host on the BTSYA radio called Express Yourself!, and I loved every moment of it. Truly an irreplaceable experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I've been volunteering with BTSYA, I've been able to use my research skills to find authors and guests for our award winning radio program as well as stretch my abilities by interviewing various professionals and reporting on the air with my segment, Pro Parlay. I am now learning to write scripts and co-host programs. It's fun, educational, and spreads our message of the importance of literacy and positive messages. It's definitely a program that has positively impacted youth around the world and will continue to change lives around the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

“In these times of violence and chaos in the world, it’s great to know that we have a non profit that wants to help young people “read, lead, and succeed!” For over 17 years, I’ve witnessed the difference that Be the Star You Are!® makes in the lives of teens with an all volunteer crew. Bravo to Be the Star You Are!® for helping individuals find their self-worth with positive values.”

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"My strength is with numbers so I have always admired the outreach programs of Be the Star You Are!® because they stress the importance of literacy with their motto, "Read, lead, succeed." With their creative community web site at www.BTSYA.com to encourage the young-at-heart to "Express Yourself!" and the new radio show of the same name produced by founder Cynthia Brian, I really have hope for the youth of the world. Be the Star You Are!™ is an amazing grassroots charity that deserves donations and financial support."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be the Star You is a terrific team to become involved in! Cynthia Brian works tirelessly to improve literacy opportunities for many who struggle to have the chance to read. Her enthusiasm is contagious and inspires volunteers to join forces to help those in need!

2 Rick58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for the be the star you are for about 6 months and have truly enjoyed the experience. Even though I have a small role as a podcast uploader, Cynthia has really given me a different perspective in everyday life through her knowledge she spreads in her podcasts. She has done an incredible job making BTSYA such a wonderful program. Congrats to BTSYA for getting nominated!

3 KIMChee

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has always had the wonderful purpose of taking books that would otherwise be destroyed, and contributing and distributing them to other organizations that benefit children and families in crisis. I volunteer for other charities as well, and I know what a struggle they have all had in the recent economic slow-down. Right now, BTSYA is in the exciting position of having excess books, so they can have a book sale and raise some much-needed money to help further the cause! Watch www.BeTheStarYouAre.org to get in on the sale and benefit both yourself and the charity. A true win-win!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The positive energy this organization has always brought to its Mission never ceases. Youth, women and families, and people in crisis everywhere have benefited from the message of hope and help and cheer that comes from Be the Star You Are!

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2 Daniel M.

Donor

Rating: 5

"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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be the Star You Are! has given me and countless other teens a voice as well as an opportunity to let our thoughts be heard. Each time I do a radio show, I am able to do something unique without any limitations because Be the Star You Are! cares about what everyone has to say. I also love that at any time, I can hone all my passions like writing or music in any kind of charity work with BTSYA, thus making my experience of giving back to the community a truly personal and enjoyable one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be the Star You Are is unrivaled in its commitment to promoting literacy and spreading wholesome literature in its community and beyond. BTSYA has offered me so many opportunities as a volunteer -- sharing local teens' messages through the local Lamorinda Weekly newspaper, and writing for the online Press Pass and BTSYA blogs. BTSYA is remarkable in that every member brings an extraordinary and unique contribution to the group to serve an end we all strongly believe in. I've been able to contribute my music skills to spreading the message about BTSYA in the community through lively pop-up concerts. Other members for example contribute their impressive speaking skills through the radio program. BTSYA is committed to empowering teens -- helping them find important and fulfilling roles in the organization, and helping them make a difference in their community. From regular book donations to active participation in local festivals to spread the word of BTSYA, BTSYA continues to serve and empower women, families and children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Signing up as a volunteer with Be the Star You Are this past summer was my first step to an active commitment in my community, an involvement that has helped me grow beyond my shell and take a leadership role directing concert fundraisers and a writer for the local newspaper. I have organized street performances for BTSYA outreach and fundraising, which I think are a great example of taking the best of one's individual talents and combining them with others' to make a direct and positive impact on the local community, especially using that connection to promote the important cause of literacy. I am extremely thankful for these opportunities and hope to continue exploring my abilities and the possibilities of contributing positively to my community with Be the Star You Are.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After working and volunteering with Be the Star You Are! Charity for the past seven years, I have nothing but praise for its goals of positivity, literacy, and well-being for women, families, and youth across the world. Though the volunteer team at Be the Star You Are! has changed constantly since I first joined, the team dynamic has always stayed the same. Everyone is warm, welcoming, and loves working with others to spread the goodwill of this charity to others. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to begin working with this charity so many years ago!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been about five years since I first started volunteering with Be the Star You Are! Charity, and I'm very happy to say that I am still a part of the charity, even as a college student. Joining Be the Star You Are! has given me many opportunities to work with adults on a business level and to broadcast on a radio show. Thanks to these experiences, I have gained more confidence in both my communication skills and in myself. I look forward to continuing my work with Be the Star You Are! and highly suggest anyone interested in communications and media to check this charity out.

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3 Brian134

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cynthia Brian and BTSYA have helped me out in so many ways! In a fun, safe environment, BTSYA has given me the opportunity to give back to the community and see the joy of those we have helped. I can't thank this organization enough and I can't wait to see the growth that will transpire in the years to come!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be The Star You Are has amazed me with their efforts in giving teens a voice to be heard. Every week I have the amazing opportunity to host and talk with new people, and I have to say that every person I have talked to has said they had a blast and are proud what BTSYA is doing for the public. I absolutely love how much BTSYA has given me the ability to build in confidence, grow in my talents, help me discover what my passions are, and meeting new exciting people. I am honored to be given the chance to change the lives of people and give a positive influence in the world. Be The Star You Are is not just an organization, it is a family. I love being apart of this wonderful group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked on the radio for Be the Star You Are! for more than three years in high school. It was a huge part of my high school experience and a huge part of helping me find a voice (and find inspiration) through conversations with others. It is a well-run and well-organized nonprofit, where I still felt like I could have an individual impact on shaping the direction of the radio show and the direction of the individuals we contacted to interview. Some of those conversations shaped future decisions for me -- for example, after interviewing the director of Admissions for Columbia, I looked into applying and began to consider those type of top-tier schools. That shift in perspective, like so many experiences with BTSYA, changed my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for Be the Star You Are for almost two years in high school. It was the perfect combination of real world experience with close mentoring from Cynthia. Volunteers will find a great place to grow and serve here; I highly suggest it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though I haven't worked with Be the Star You Are for an exceptionally long time, in just the year and a half that I've been involved, I have seen just how talented Cynthia is in directing the organization to pursue greater and more expansive goals. Cynthia is always looking for new ways to improve the mission of the charity, and reaching out to provide literacy to more people and youth across the world.

1 Ryan60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for this organization! They are very committed to helping teens which is our future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a young adult author recently interviewed for the program. It was very well done. The young participants were so very nice and professional. It was a fantastic experience.

1 Be the Star You Are!®

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's hard to imagine that now in it's 16th year serving women, families, and youth, Be the Star You Are!® has not only survived but thrived as an ALL volunteer charity with no paid employees. Every penny of every donation works for the services we provide to others.
It's been challenging yet every year the volunteers become more and more dedicated having served almost 355,000 hours of volunteer time. We are proud of our accomplishments in serving over 400,000 individuals and working with 89 organizations. Our Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® radio program broadcasts live weekly and our teen show, Express Yourself!™ has trained 29 hosts and reporters from around the country. Both shows provide listeners with uplifting, life affirming interviews with best selling authors, experts, celebrities, musicians, Olympians, and the movers and shakers of the world. Check our Be the Star You Are!® and join our Galaxy of Stars. http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org, http://:www.BTSYA.org, http://www.StarStyleRadio.com, http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com.

Thanks for making us a Top Rated Non Profit since Great Nonprofits was established. Everyone counts!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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1 tamiewrites

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Be The Star You Are Inc reached out to my daughter a few months back and I have to say, I've seen her grow and stretch as she has participated in their weekly radio program. I'm so excited and amazed to see where BTSYA is going in their endeavor to reach out to teens and the public in such a positive manner. In our home, we thrive on selfless serving and we are proud to partner with a program that emulates that in its entirety!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Young Adult author, and was interviewed by several wonderful teens on Be The Star You Are as part of their cultural diversity program. The teenage hosts were articulate and energetic, and we all loved talking about reading great books for teens. Working with BTSYA was a terrific experience. I admire everything this organization is doing to promote and support our youth globally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To say that BTSYA changed my life would be an understatement. Before becoming a part of this incredible nonprofit, I had no idea that I would love doing radio as much as I do. Even though I’ve only been a reporter and co-host on Express Yourself! Teen Radio for a few months now, I’ve watched myself grow, blossom, and discover one of my greatest passions: radio. Having the opportunity at such a young age to be on a radio program and to speak with some remarkable people from all over the world has been, to say the least, an extraordinary experience. For all the life-changing opportunities that BTSYA has presented to me, I am forever grateful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of Be the Star You Are has given me the opportunity to read tons of books (which I already did) and help out people by writing book reviews that anyone can access on the website. Spending a little bit of extra time to try to convince a fellow book enthusiast to pick up an excellent book has allowed me to help out my community while enjoying the things I love. Be the Star You Are is an amazing organizations which i am proud to be a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had such an amazing experience with Be The Star You Are! They have encouraged me to reach further into my community and to do better. I am always striving to serve and show others that they too can be socially responsible. I believe that BTSYA is an EXCELLENT resource for youth and others to learn how to be socially responsible AND reach for their dreams!

--Asya Gonzalez, She Is Worth It and Stinky Feet Gurlz

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTYSA never fails to succeed and amaze with their accomplished goals and efforts. This organization has provided me an opportunity to reach out and give back to my community. It also opened doors for me to write with the local newspaper. Whenever I submit my submissions, BTSYA doesn't just glance over them. Cynthia, the founder of BTSYA, edits them once, twice, or even multiple times to make sure that they are published with the best quality. BTSYA brings irreplaceable benefits and contributions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If, at the start of 2012, someone asked me if about BTSYA, I would've replied that I had no idea what this nonprofit organization provides. However, just a few months later I would learn how BTSYA helps teenagers and other people (e.g. the volunteers themselves) launch themselves into a media-and-literacy-oriented world. I can't believe that it's already been a year since I've been with BTSYA, and mentor Cynthia Brian never fails to impress and improve everyone, including me. She provides great feedback when it comes to articles, and has helped me publish my work in The Lamorinda Weekly. Without BTSYA, I wouldn't have been able to do any of this, so thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Be the Star You Are! for more than 3 years now, and the charity has been life-changing in the opportunities it has provided for me. It has given me the chance to reach out to audiences through radio, given me the confidence to share my opinions when meeting strangers, allowed me to connect with others I would never have had the opportunity to be a part of, and helped me to develop a more confident voice in writing. I'm about to enter my first year of college next year, and the life-skills and lessons this charity has connected me with will allow me to pursue a concentration in neurobiology and English because through the radio, I met individuals studying similar interests and I found that I could really make a contribution to these subjects if I used the lessons I had learned from writing, volunteering, and getting to know other members of this team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my seventh year being involved with Be The Star You Are. It has been the BEST experience of my life. I plan on continuing to be a part of this amazing charity, even from the college I attend in Oregon. BTSYA has opened so many doors for me, as well as has given me the opportunity to make a difference in my community. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without BTSYA and its amazing founder, Cynthia Brian. I urge anyone who wants to get involved in a local charity or support one, to CHOOSE BTSYA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with BTSYA for about six years now. What started as casual charity work I was required to do, turned into MANY amazing experiences that I am so thankful for. I have done book reviews and event planning for BTSYA. I even got the opportunity to be published in Cynthia Brian's book, Be The Star You Are For Teens and to be interviewed about it on a local station. As a Journalism major now in college, I am so grateful I got to do those things. While in college I work with BTSYA by contributing to its radio station, Express Yourself.
BTSYA has given me some great opportunities, but also created my love for public speaking, writing, organizing events, and helping others. I would not be where I am today without it.
Best non-profit ever!!!!!

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1 Suzanne52

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional Public Relations person, I am dazzled by the high quality radio/TV shows BTSYA provides, and the total incorporation of social media into their work. I am currently the PR person for the Bethesda, Maryland chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). Like many organizations, we're still expanding into the social media area, Cynthia Brian's work is an example for us!
Given the type of messages teenagers receive from traditional media ("The Hangover, Part II," "Knocked Up," etc.) it is so refreshing to see how BTSYA involves and excites teenagers in a positive way!

Suzanne Ackerman
Chevy Chase, Maryland

1 Konnie G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joining BTSYA this year has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. As a volunteer, I write for my local newspaper, which is a truly rewarding and educational experience. It has been an integral part in having me develop as a better writer and journalist. Through writing articles, I can express my thoughts and opinions in a professional manner, while also learning more about others by interviewing them. BTSYA has provided me with wonderful opportunities that will have a tremendous impact on me for the rest of my life. I really appreciate all I have gained--life lessons, writing tips, confidence, and much more--by being part of BTSYA.

1 Youngjoo A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be the Star You Are is a great non profit organization that has given me amazing opportunities. Since I was a child I was interested in media and communications. This organization gave me the chance to really experience what radio and writing for a local newspaper was like. I never thought I'd be able to host an internationally recognized teen radio program. My love for radio and journalism has solidified because of Be the Star You Are. I am forever thankful for the opportunities and doors BTSYA has opened for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be the Star You Are!® is one of the best nonprofit organizations that I have ever volunteered for. Cynthia Brian, the founder, is a dedicated leader whom I've learned so much from. It's been more than three years since I first joined this community as a Star Volunteer Researcher, and this year, I was appointed as Show Administrator of the ExpressYourself! radio program under Be the Star You Are!®. All the opportunities I received from this organization has gifted me with experience and skills that would undoubtedly help me in the future.

Be the Star You Are!® has altered my life drastically; it has motivated me and helped me gain a positive outlook for my future. I am inspired everyday as I volunteer with this community of star leaders!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTSYA has given me opportunities I would never had dreamed of. I just started volunteering with this organization last year, but it's already made an impact. Cynthia Brian, the founder, is such a supportive mentor in my volunteering for a cause that I would fight to the end for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved in various projects with Be the Star You Are! for 5 years, and in that time had the opportunity to get to know this inspiring 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 a way to become involved in the charity and to potentially develop a passion for the charity’s causes.

As I gradually became involved in more projects with the charity 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. 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. BTSYA gave me the opportunity to have so many valuable and hard-to-come-by experiences, from book reviewing to volunteer coordinating to event planning to, most recently, radio starring and hosting.

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 top-rated radio show by and for teens, and the list goes on. 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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To my great pleasure, I have been a volunteer with Be the Star You Are! charity for almost a decade now - I started out doing book reviews at the beginning of middle school, and am now a sophomore in college. Throughout my years working with the organization, I've had the opportunity to be a book reviewer, radio reporter, event planner, writer, and a whole range of other roles. In each one of them, I not only gained a whole set of unique skills and experiences, but also felt that I was able to make great contributions with my time. Be the Star You Are! is one of the most versatile nonprofits that I've been fortunate enough to be involved in, and also genuinely lives up to its motto to empower youth, women and families. I give BTSYA my highest recommendation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I won Honorable Mention in the Be the Star You Are!® National Essay Contest when I was fifteen, I've been involved with the charity. From writing book reviews, to being the event coordinator, and a reporter on the radio show, Express Yourself!™, it's been a rewarding experience. I'm now a freshman in college and still involved. I enjoyed singing live on the air for our Thanksgiving and One Year Anniversary Radio Special. I've had such a fun and enjoyable time volunteering with BTSYA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never thought I'd be published in the newspaper or be the host of the #1 teen radio show in the world, but because of the mentorship of Cynthia Brian and Be the Star You Are!® charity, I am living the dream. Volunteering with BTSYA is a great training ground for life in the real world. I love the journalism/media career but even if I don't choose that career, there are so many valuable skills that I've learned from this experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cynthia is an amazing person. She is really passionate about helping young people find a voice in a community where teen opinion is usually repressed. Working on radio with her is exciting and always broadens my horizons. Without Cynthia, I wouldn't have been able to explore radio. Radio is something that I've come to love doing and it's a great hobby of mine. It's unthinkable that I might not have been able to find this passion of mine. Cynthia tries really hard at everything she does, whether it's events like Moraga Faire or weekly radio. She's constantly helping everyone push themselves and become better at what they love doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because of Be the Star You Are!® charity, I get to use my interests in economics while being a radio reporter on Express Yourself!™ and I have a technology column in the newspaper. It's great to volunteer with a charity that actually lets me grow my talents and interests! It is an awesome non-profit that not only does great work but really offers an opportunity for anyone to get involved and apply their own unique and individual skills.