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 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!
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.
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.
“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.”
"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."
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!
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!
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!
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!
"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!
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.
Be the Star You Are!Â® 01/26/2011
Dan you are a first class man with a first class plan. Thank you for all the years of being our shining STAR!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.