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Be The Star You Are Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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 403,800 individuals and families within 101 organizations and has logged almost 469,890 volunteer hours, while distributing over $1.8 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 1000 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. 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.

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

145 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in various projects with Be the Star You Are! for 5 years, and in this time have had the opportunity to get to know this 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 an easy way to become involved in the charity and to potentially develop a passion for its causes. As I gradually became involved in more projects 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. Her undying optimism and especially her can-do attitude constantly inspire and become instilled in those around her. 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. 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 radio show promoting literacy, etc. 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

Be the Star You Are! is a charity I decided to volunteer for b/c I believe in it's mission and the strength and commitment of its leader and contributors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in Washington State, and my Aunt in California was a volunteer with Be the Star You Are! charity. She asked for my help to create a flyer for a fundraiser, and that rapidly developed into being the long-distance webmaster for the organization. Cynthia Brian is so much fun to collaborate with, and her true passion for the cause is contageous. In the purest nature of a non-profit, there is no money spent on staff or fluff. This work is all-volunteer, and money raised all goes to the good works of the program. You just have to read the reviews and praise on the website to know how many people have been helped and truly touched by Be the Star You Are!

1 jillian10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I felt empowered by writing reviews for books that were to go directly to youths in poor areas.As a former school teacher it was empowering to have a chance to help the cause of education in schools , the cause of literacy thru encouraging the pleasure of good reading. Cynthia Brian is an inspiration in herself and one who inspires reaching for a higher self committment. She has been indefatigueable in her determination to improve the lot of those more in need. Many volunteers have been trained by Ms Brian and are the better for it. I am proud to be included in her charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amid the darkness of drugs, violence, poverty, and illiteracy, Be the Star You Are! shines through, providing empowerment to women, families, and youths-at-risk through various programs and activities. Their charitable works include donating books to various organizations, such as New York Fire Department Family Crisis Center, Wings to Fly, and Community Substance Abuse Center; and a weekly Be the Star You Are! radio program. A great nonprofit always has a great leader; this holds true especially to Be the Star You Are!; its founder, Cynthia Brian, has devoted her time, effort, and love to reaching out to those in need. You can instantly feel her warmth and contagious optimism when you talk with her; I know, for I was honored to be her radio guest four times. Whenever I support Be the Star You Are! I know that my contributions will go directly to motivating, inspiring, and empowering each woman and youth to become the true star they are!

1 angelasiekman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the guest coordinator for Be the Star You Are! radio program with producer and host Cynthia Brian. Cynthia Brian is a dedicated and positive individual who tirelessly works to serve others. Be the Star You Are! is an upbeat outreach program that serves to increase literacy on the air. Broadcasting live since 1998, it serves as an important example of how we can all be a part of sending positive messages to the world. Our guest authors also really benefit from the show. Here are just some of the praises for the show: "I heard the interview and enjoyed it very much. I even enjoyed the interview before mine...I would love to come back on your show in the near future." Sheila Singleton, author of Watchful Eyes "I am again amazed at how skillfully and intelligently Ms. Brian structures the interview and moves it along. She has the intellectual breadth as well as the skill to be the first rate hostess she is." Hank Jensen, radio listener "What fun being interviewed by you. Relaxed, friendly, interesting. I was especially impressed by how thoroughly you'd read our 2 books and understood them...That's a fine service you provide to people with interesting books and projects...I'd love to be on your show again any time. Thanks a bunch to you!" Nancy Rekow, author of Minnie Rose Lovgreen's Recipe for Raising Chickens

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with the Porter Billups Leadership Academy in Denver. The Academy works with low income children in the metro Denver area. Students spend three weeks on campus at Regis University in Denver every summer. The focus is on academics and life skills. The intent is to prepare them for college. The Academy has a high success rate. A high percentage of its students are accepted to and graduate from college. This year we will be using

1 goodearthstore

Donor

Rating: 5

To find out more about a charity, volunteer for them; and then while you are there, working, take a look around at the other volunteers. Hard work and perseverance goes hand in hand especially with "Be The Star You Are" charity. Volunteers for this charity are willing to give their time; you can see it in their faces, the smiles are unbeatable. A great bunch to work with. Cynthia Brian is upbeat and a pleasure to work with!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cynthia is a empowering and energetic role model for women and girls. She knows her passion and listens to her heart and achieves her goals. There is nothing more exciting than knowing people who exude the energy of endless possibilities. These women are needed in our lives and communities if we wish to see what is attainable. Be the Star You are Inc. and Cynthia as the leader, is a role model that we all should know.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Be the Star You Are! is a small, grassroots charity that delivers big time results. Almost all of the charity's volunteers are teenagers who are gaining leadership skills while they give their time and energy to fulfilling the mission of the Be the Star You Are! which is distributing positive books and media to at-risk youth and women in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i love be the star you are and working with it! whenever i have to go to an event with BTSYA i am excited for them because they are so empowering and soo much fun to go to because i get to meet all kinds of new people! Cynthia is the best supervisor i could ever ask for! :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

“Say yes to life,” is the recipe for success that has always guided Cynthia Brian, a farm girl turned New York Times best-selling author and television/radio personality. She has dedicated her life to making waves of change in pursuit of her lifelong mission of serving others and globally enhancing the quality of life for all people. Be The Star You Are, Inc., the company she founded, promotes teen empowerment in a century when young people are torn between parental rules and restrictions and cultural messages about beauty, wealth, sexuality, and other critical issues. This organization has touched and inspired thousands of lives to achieve their greatest.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the privilage of interviewing and exploring Be the Star you Are founder Cynthia Brian. This is an amazing group of people that have compassion for women & the youth. What is truly amazing is that the majority of the volunteers with this group are teens wanting to make a difference in the world. Cynthia has created such an amazing organization filled with compassion and action it naturally draws others to it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 1999 Be the Star You Are!r 501 c3 has offered the opportunity to make a difference for women and families by providing books, audio tapes, CD's and other empowerment resources to those who can't afford them. I've had the privilege of speaking to women as well as working with the young teens to help them move forward in life. Be the Star You Are!® has enriched my life a thousand fold and I hope that my contribution assists others to read, lead, and succeed.