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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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! :)
“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.
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.
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!Â® has enriched my life a thousand fold and I hope that my contribution assists others to read, lead, and succeed.