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Cheers for the New Year!

Updated: Feb 5



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“Do all the good you can

By all the means you can

In all the ways you can

In all the places you can

To all the people you can

As long as you ever can”

Great Non Profits

A MESSAGE from Founder/Executive Director, CYNTHIA BRIAN

Shatter the limits, blow up the barriers, multiply the possibilities! Hurray it’s a brand new year!!!

Launched in 1999, this year marks the 25th year of service to the world by the volunteers and outreach programs of Be the Star You Are!®  What an accomplishment to still be in existence with no paid staff after a quarter of a century! I am honored and humbled to be steering this mighty endeavor into yet another season of growth.

Make sure to visit our websites for the latest updates, book reviews, and news at

Our two award-winning radio broadcasts continue to enlighten, inform, and motivate. StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® is LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT:

and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio can be heard Sundays at 3pm PT:

You can also listen to our programs on any platform where you get your podcasts.

Show line-ups are available at .

Books are the gifts that keep on giving. This past week, I received an email from J.R. from Missouri who wrote “ Thank you for writing a positive book that makes me happy, Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. I originally read it more than 20 years ago when I very much needed to rise from depression. For the first time in two decades, I am learning from it again. I love your book. It is very inspiring!” Notes, emails, letters, and calls continue to arrive from readers who have benefited from the Be the Star You Are!® series. You can receive the book package with a donation and be uplifted.

The third book in the Stella Bella Barnyard Adventures series will be debuting in the fall with a theme of increasing literacy! Stay tuned for more and in the meantime check out all the books that benefit Be the Star You Are!® in our store.

Thanks for shining in our galaxy. Here's to the bright new year and a fond farewell to the old.

With appreciation and gratitude

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556


BTSYA offers thanks to videographer, Logan Tyler Smith, for creating our newest literacy video.

Logan Tyler Smith is a video editor born (and currently based in) Anchorage Alaska. He is keeping busy working on freelance projects and his debut feature "Roomies". He also has a short film "Alex the Great" available exclusively on this website.He is currently freelancing for remote clients and is looking for more video work.” Visit his website:


 Meet Saanvi, reporter of the segment Space Spotlight on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio! She is a student in high school  and an active member of the Engineering Academy. With a deep-rooted passion for space exploration, Saanvi has been avidly following the advancements in the field, particularly the SpaceX Starship and Artemis launches. She is also an industrious member of the Boy Scouts of America, working towards earning her prestigious Eagle Scout rank. Her YouTube channel, dedicated to space-related videos, has already garnered a growing community. Saanvi’s next venture is to establish space interest at her school, aiming to share her astronomical enthusiasm with her peers and explore the universe together with all of you! Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel:


At the recent celebration for the 29th year anniversary of 5 A Rent-A-Space serving the Lamorinda community, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce saluted Be the Star You Are!® charity, 5 A, and Mark Hoogs State Farm Insurance for our herculean collaboration to collect and ship 1575 pairs of shoes to those in need in third world countries. Hopefully with the gift of these shoes, more people will be able to work and also walk to a library to check out a book.

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