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.
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.
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.
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.
Be The Star You Are has enriched the lives of many. From those like me who have gained valuable experience working side by side its fantastic leader, Cynthia. And for those who lives have been bettered by what BTSYA has to offer. It is one of the best charity's in the Bay Area.
I've been volunteering with Be the Star You Are for! for almost two years now, and I have no plans of stopping any time soon. Cynthia Brian and the rest of the team somehow make it so that the charity not only touches the lives of every single person it's aimed at, but also the lives of every single person involved in the organization. I've seen my speaking skills drastically improve after appearing on the Express Yourself! Teen Radio program, and I've loved having a platform to air my views on important issues. We aim to inspire teens everywhere to express themselves, and it's an awesome added benefit to have been inspired myself after working with this organization.
Be the Star You Are is one of those unique nonprofits that helps its volunteers just as much as it helps the community. I can personally attest to the many different benefits and opportunities that it provides. Whether it's empowering young people through various forms of media or sending books to relieve victims of natural disasters, Cynthia Brian and Be the Star You Are truly care to help. On a weekly basis, teens are able to share their viewpoint on important issues that affect them and others. Our thoughts get broadcast for the entire world to hear. At its core, Be the Star You Are fosters the next crop of world-shakers to develop into their full potential and express themselves!
"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!!
Year after year this Non-profit continues to encourage and inspire me and many others to, " BE THE STAR YOU ARE". Empowering youth and spreading the power of positivity through outreach and literacy is one of many wonderful things BTSYR does. Please join and support their honorable cause!!
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.
I have been so fortunate to be a volunteer for this great organization! Each month I write articles which are then published in their newsletter. This has given me an opportunity to share my writing skills and more importantly, to spread some good messages and to scatter kindness.
Cynthia Brian, CEO of Be The Star You Are is a wonderful role model and inspiration for many! If not for her, I probably would never have learned about this great cause and had a desire to support them.
This is one nonprofit that has earned your support!
Cynthia Brian leads this nonprofit with unbelievable passion and expertise! Her vast experience and many skills are what has created and sustained this successful organization. While a tremendous leader, she is always the first to recognize her wonderful volunteers and supporters.
Be The Star You Are is an excellent role model for nonprofits who want to be great!
What an amazing journey it has been being a volunteer and a leader at Be the Star You Are!® since 1999. As the charity enters its 19th year, the programs and services continue to grow and truly make a difference in lives of people in the USA and around the world. Disaster Relief was provided for victims of the hurricanes and fires, book reviews were uploaded for parents, teachers, librarian, families enjoyed BTSYA services at numerous community events, a new book has been published and a millennial book is forthcoming this year. The young adult radio broadcast, Express Yourself! boasts teens who know how to think on their feet and the lifestyle show, StarStyle-Be the Star You Are provides concrete tools for living a life of passion, possibility, and purpose. (Check out www.BetheStarYouAreRadio,com) I am blessed to coach and mentor the numerous volunteers. Visit www.BetheStarYouAre.org and www.BTSYA.org and make a tax deductible donation today through PAYPAL Giving Fund at https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3
Thanks everyone for being part of global change with BTSYA.
It's been such an honor to work with all the volunteers of Be the Star You Are!® for the past 18 years. I have watched young, shy pre-teens grow into confident, successful adults. The young adult radio program, Express Yourself!™ is especially gratifying in that teens learn to interview and become excellent hosts and reporters while providing positive, life-affirming information to audiences around the world. Thanks for the opportunity to share with you. Be the Star You Are!® will be my favorite charity for a lifetime.
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.
I started working with Be the Star You Are! Charity just before I began 8th grade, back in 2007. It's now 2016, I'm graduating from UC Berkeley in May, and although the amount of time I can now dedicate to working with Cynthia and the rest of the team is now limited, I still appreciate every opportunity I receive to work with them. Be the Star You Are! has given me so many opportunities to explore my personal interests, all while supporting an amazing cause. I will always be grateful for Be the Star You Are! Charity.
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
This is an amazing non-profit! I've only recently started working with them but I know that I will be able to make a great impact with them as I continue to help. I'm beyond grateful to be a part of such a passionate team and I'm looking forward to seeing how I've grown professionally throughout the course of my internship. Cynthia is very friendly and encouraging. These guys rock!
- Liz Aguilar
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!
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.
I had a wonderful experience volunteering with Be The Star You Are! Cynthia Brian's positive attitude empowers everyone around her and encourages Lamorinda residents to give back. By far the best charity work I've ever participated in!
"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!
I could never say enough about Be The Star You Are! The work that the organization as a whole (and especially Cynthia Brian) does is incredible. They are able to touch the lives of so many young people in such an amazing way. The guidance that they provide is so crucial and it gives the youth community a better road to take. Congratulations on another great year, Be The Star You Are!
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!
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!!
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.
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!
I love BTSYA! I joined in 9th grade and the organization has become a big part of my life. I'm proud to be part of Be The Star! You Are and I personally think that this organization is unique in its message and goal of literacy and positive media. BTSYA has brought me so many opportunities. I've interviewed best-selling authors, TV show stars, anime voice actors, artists, and even a numerologist, a cryptologist and video game creator on Express Yourself, our teen outreach service radio. I talk with other teens every week on the radio, discussing our views on current events and societal values. Through BTSYA I get to host and volunteer at local events and see how books and positive media impact the citizens in my town, and I've been able to give back to my community in an innovative way that really matters.
BTSYA is made up of purely positive energy. Being part of it has helped me pull negativity away from my life so well that I've even been able to see my political views from another light; I am rather more liberal in terms of beliefs and views and when I am on Express Yourself! I interact with people who identify as conservative and they have helped me realize that at the end of the day, we all hold the same human-ness inside and we all wish to make the world a better place no matter what our political views are. I think with America's recent political climate that this is the kind of thing that is important---positive media that reinforces the good within us and pulls us away from squabbling over who's on what side. And I think BTSYA really accomplishes just that.
In the three years that I've been part of Be The Star! You Are, I feel that I've really grown as a person and as a volunteer. With the help of the support network BTSYA provides and under the guidance of Cynthia Brian I've been able to learn and find a path to the good in my everyday life. Right now, I'm improving my communication skills by finding and helping to coordinate guests for the radio show! I'll close this review by letting everyone know that honestly Cynthia Brian is the positive force behind this positive media charity---she is absolutely wonderful and she is key to our efforts and improvement. Working under her guidance for these past three years has been incredible and she is so positive even when times are tough; I can't claim Cynthia as my specific role model because honestly she's so inspiring that she's everybody's role model!
As a starting volunteer, I feel that BTSYA is an amazing program that truly seeks to broadcast a positive and uplifting message to the world. This charity's every action contributes to the good in the world, be it on a larger scale or just the small everyday kindnesses that brings warmth to our hearts. Cynthia is a wonderfully ebullient and enthusiastic individual--a joy to work with.
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.
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.
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!
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!
What an incredible organization! Be The Star You Are truly uplifts and supports those who need it most. They are game changers!