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.
I have loved to be a part of this charity for the past year. After any natural disaster, Be the Star You Are immediately responds with action. The radio show produced by Starstyle Productions has also been fun to be a part of. In a society that places so much emphasis on teens growing up and problems with peer pressure, it's great to have a charity dedicated towards making sure teens are all that they are supposed to be, with positive influences in the media. Be the Star You Are allows for good interactions with other teens who also are interested in the same things as you.
I am a volunteer at Be The Star You Are and I cannot think of a better charity to devote my time to. The leader, Cynthia Bryan, is among one of the nicest people I have ever met and is solely out to help kids as much as she can. This organization is by far one of the better and more productive ones out there!
I came across this group by browsing through volunteer's pages form an internal website from my company. I read about them to know exactly what they did and decided to volunteer. Only minutes after I sent my request, an e-mail came back with the response. I was very happy to know that I could help them, and it was awesome to read the kindness in the group's e mails.
This organization and the work of Cynthia Brian offers a great value to young people yearning to express themselves. In addition to various performing offerings BTSYA is a literacy organization and as such helps lift young people in two vital ways. First by gaining knowledge and then by expressing is in creative ways.
BTSYA is a great way that teenagers reach out to other teenagers and give them a voice in their world. It also gives teens the opportunity to experience what it's like to work as a radio broadcaster, technician, photographer, etc. in the future. In addition, Cynthia Brian is a great supporter who dedicates 100% to help her volunteers achieve their dreams.
I was one of two videographers for the radio show for Express Yourself, which is a teen radio show, supported by Be The Star You Are (BTSYA). BTSYA and the Express Yourself radio show was set up in a booth at the Moraga Faire. I was surprised and pleased at the professionalism and expertise of the teen radio announcer. All the volunteers were eager to help, and did a great job. Cynthia Brian kept the BTSYA booth running smoothly and efficiently. This is a terrific program for kids and teens. I think that we need a whole lot more of Be The Star You Are and the Express Yourself radio show.
Be the Star You Are!® under the outstanding support and guidence of Cynthia Brian has been able to create the Express Yourself Teen Radio program which is the #1 listened to program on Voice America Kids Channel. This program really does give our youth a voice in the world. When Teens Talk the WORLD Listens. Great Job everyone!!!
I've provided community outreach and acted as radio coordinator for BTSYA for over a year now. I'm delighted to be a part of such a positive, uplifting organization. The all volunteer staff is a dedicated group that upholds the mission of BTSYA which is a direct result of its founder, Cynthia Brian.
Cynthia Brian is a tireless director whose mission is to uplift and empower touches everyone she encounters.
As an extension of her charity, her radio program broadcasting since 1998, continues to touch lives by promoting authors and experts that send positive messages and important educational information to better lives.
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Thanks so much for your support and for sharing! We all appreciate it. Great great work you do.
I have been a volunteer with Be The Star You Are since 9th grade, and I love to incorporate my love of reading into a service for the community. This organization truly promotes the importance of literacy, giving and self-motivation. I am so grateful to be a member of this charity, and I absolutely love working with Cynthia!
Be the Star You Are!Â® 01/26/2011
Thanks Vivien for your enthusiasm and interest in always learning new things. You are terrific!
I've been a volunteer since 10th grade--now, I am about to graduate college! I feel tremendously lucky to have been a part of a wonderful organization that promotes its positive message through many outlets. The radio show vitally supports BTSYA's outreach efforts!
Be the Star You Are!Â® 01/26/2011
Thank you for your years of help and all the assistance you will be able to bring to the charity post graduation. Success to you.
I have been volunteering and co-hosting the radio program with BE THE STAR YOU ARE since 1998. I have always felt that BE THE STAR YOU ARE works to promote positive messages and help our listeners find meaning and passion in their lives. BE THE STAR YOU ARE has put in great efforts over the years to improve the lives of teens and at risk youth. i am so proud and honored to be part of the BE THE STAR YOU ARE family. this is an amazing non-profit
Be the Star You Are!Â® 01/26/2011
Heather, thank you for being active and involved since inception. Your creativity and inspiration keeps us going. We look forward to a long relationship.
Ever since I began volunteering for this organization, I've felt a resurgence in self-motivation and pride in knowing that I'm making an impact on community. I believe there is no other charity that is more winning and passionate about changing lives as this one. The hard work and dedication put into this charity by its leaders are evident by Be the Star You Are!®'s steady growth and stunning accomplishments. This organization extends its help in multiple ways, whether it may be from inviting guest authors to speak in its radio program or collecting and donating books to help fight against illiteracy. While working with Cynthia, I can truly sense her incredible dedication towards all of whom Be the Star You Are!® serves. It's a rewarding experience working for this charity!
Be the Star You Are!Â® 01/26/2011
Katherine you provide such a great service-always ahead of schedule and so professional. We hope that one day you'll be in N. California to meet the volunteers! Thanks.
I have been impressed with Be the Star You Are! for two main reasons. First, the organization is attacking the key root cause of illiteracy: at-risk children do not have access to appropriate books. Researchers have shown that simply surrounding children with more books helps improve literacy rates. BTSYA has succeeded in donating more than $1.6 million worth of books to those who need them most. BTSYA works with other nonprofits to understand their needs and give books that are positive and appropriate. As a result, libraries, day care centers, battered women's shelters, and juvenile detention halls now have quality books. The second key strength of BTSYA is that our donations go to programs. We are an all-volunteer organization. Our founder has key relationships with publishers to get books for free. Our organization handles the shipping and matching the books with nonprofit groups in need. The bottom line is that we leverage a lean budget through our innovative partnerships with the publishing industry and the dedication of our founder and volunteers.
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.
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
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.