Be the Star You!® 501 c3 charity

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501 c3 non profit empowering women, families, and youth

First Year of Operation: 1999


Po Box 376,Moraga,Ca,94556 Moraga CA, 94556

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Be the Star You Are! is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to empower women, families, and youth through improved literacy, tools for living, and positive message media.

Be the Star You Are! collects, distributes, and promotes books and other positive media to women, families, and youth at risk as a way to increase literacy, decrease violence, raise life skills, self worth, and self esteem. This media ranges from education and advisement to inspiration and guidance covering every aspect of life, from abuse through money management, health, environmental stewardship, relationships, parenting, business skills, and entertainment.

Be the Star You Are! promotes the creed, “Read, Lead, Succeed!” by producing and hosting two internationally broadcast uplifting, positive radio programs featuring authors and experts.

Be the Star You Are! saves trees through its book recycling programs by rescuing and redistributing many of the millions of unsold or damaged books that are shredded and burned each year. Being a conscientious steward of the earth is important to the organization.

Be the Star You Are! offers a number of focused literacy and empowerment programs including:

Books: Two award winning signature books have been published. Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference by Cynthia Brian and Be the Star You Are! for TEENS by Cynthia Brian with 38 contributors.

Radio: Starstyle-Be the Star You Are! radio program began on a terrestrial station in San Francisco and now broadcasts live weekly to 219 countries around the world showcasing experts, authors and selected books to encourage literacy, self-worth, and a positive life style. ( The official radio station of the charity is the Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel.

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio , the #1 most listened to YA program on the Voice America Network in the world is hosted by teen volunteers, broadcasts weekly to 132 countries on Voice America Kids Network. The program launched in 2011 with five teens and now boasts twenty eight reporters from around the country. (

On-Line Creative Community: Express Yourself!¡, at is where writing, art, photography, video, music, and the voices of the young-at- heart can be uploaded and shared.

Webisodes: SHINE is our video series showcasing positive people, places, and programs.

Reading SPELLS Success: An audio book program for children whereby volunteers lend their voices to favorite children’s books on line.

Book Reviews: The Star Teen Book Review Team reads and reviews books for children and teens to help parents, educators, and librarians choose worthwhile books for kids and teens. Thousands of books have been reviewed. The reviews are published at and at The Reading Tub for publishers.

Live Your Legacy Campaign: Short articles honoring heroes and leaders who make a difference in our world through their works, services, and actions solicited during January and February.

Holiday Book Distribution: Donations of new books to those in need of holiday gifts and cheer.

Give a Case: A book donation program giving full cases of new books to shelters, hospitals, schools, clubs, and other non profits to increase literacy.

Amazon Book Store: Offers books featured on our radio program and other recommended reads at the lowest price with sales benefiting the literacy programs.

National Essay Contest: An annual competition offering aspiring writers the opportunity to be published and express their ideas to a global community.

Letters for Literacy: A writing outreach program for teens conducted to increase the awareness of the ramifications of illiteracy.
Paint-a –Pot, Plant-a-Seed: our signature volunteer outreach project for kids as a metaphor for planting the seeds of literacy and teaching eco-stewardship.

Community Event Participation: Be the Star You Are! participates in numerous community events offering teens, families, and court appointed individuals the opportunity to get involved, serve, and make a difference.

Star Searcher’s Express Newsletter: A monthly e-newsletter with tips, quotes, news, and spotlight on volunteers.

Club BTSYA: Organized clubs for junior high and high school students to encouraging community involvement, writing, reporting, and volunteering for outreach projects to teach leadership.

FREE Pop Up Concerts: Under the direction of a teen, the Be the Star You Are!® orchestra performs at venues in California to raise awareness for the problem of illiteracy.

Possibilities for Prisoners Project: An outreach service providing empowering, encouraging, and life skills books to those incarcerated who feel helpless and hopeless.

Operation Disaster Relief: Mobilization for disaster relief shipping books, media, videos, and other resources to victims. (see below)
Be the Star You Are! mobilizes for disaster relief shipping thousands of books, media, videos, and other resources under its “Operation” series of programs. Resources were gathered and shipped for Operation Ground Hero (9/11), Operation Hurricane Relief (Hurricane Katrina and Rita), Operation Fire Relief (Southern California Fires, Operation Tornado Relief (Joplin and Midwest Tornadoes), Operation Hurricane Sandy Relief (New Jersey and New York).

Be the Star You Are! is a 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! supports all ethnicity’s and has no religious or political agendas or affiliations.

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Founder Information

First NameLast NameDuties/InformationYear of BirthImage
CynthiaBrianFounder/Executive Director

Storefront/Main Building

Advertisements, Paraphernalia, Promotional Items

StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio

Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts- Book

Be the Star You Are!® for Teens-Book

The Business of Show Business, 14th Edition Book & E Book

Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul-Book

Miracle Moments®- Gift Book

The Blessings of Love and Relationships-Ebook

Black BTSYA Tank Top

White T-Shirt

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Books by Cynthia Brian


Express Yourself!™ Teen Hosts & Reporters

Pop Up Concerts with BTSYA Orchestra

BTSYA Writers

Packing books for Disaster Relief

Coaching for Writing, Acting, Speaking, Presentations

Community Events

First Teen Radio Host on Air

Teen Reporter/Host on Express Yourself!™

Hosts of StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!™ Radio

Teen Volunteers at Event

Cynthia Brian walks The Red Carpet for Movie, Tapping the Source



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