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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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!
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my first year in BTSYA, and my experience has been wonderful. The whole system is well organized and well managed. The communication between the editors and writers is immediate and constructive. BTSYA gives students like me the chance to contribute to charity in a fun and educational way that encourages them to share their voice in society. For this reason, I rate them as a five star organization.
When I first joined BTSYA, I did not know there was such a public way for teens to express their thoughts and views to the world. By getting involved and contributing to this organization, I see numerous ways that teens can be heard and realize how much our opinions can matter. By writing for the Lamorinda Weekly, I have the opportunity to express my views and the views of teens in our community as well as improve my writing. I can also help others by doing something I am passionate about.
I appreciate the opportunity BTSYA provides me with and plan to continue to participate in this organization for many years in the future.