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Springing with Gratitude for Volunteers


“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” Muhammad Ali


Besides adoring the beautiful flowers springing up in our gardens, April is about appreciating volunteers. Here at Be the Star You Are!®, we are proud of the service of our volunteers. 2019 marks the 20th year of being a 501c3 charity dedicated to empowering women, families, and youth through improved literacy and increased positive media messages, and we have much to celebrate and for which to be grateful. Throughout the years we have collaborated with volunteers from numerous countries around the globe besides working with thousands from various states in America. The majority of our crew are teens and young adults with a few adults sprinkled in the mix. 

Our Star Teen Book Review Team boasts the largest amount of volunteers, currently with 92 teens reading and writing reviews that our Book Review Coordinator, Stephanie Cogeos, uploads to our Book Review site at Stephanie makes sure that format, fonts, and style are correct and that each review is worthy of the parents, librarians, teachers, and others who will read it. The book reviews are published at our literacy partner, The Reading Tub, where we are honored to have assisted in hitting their 3000 book review milestone. Make sure you check out the reviews:

Our two Radio Broadcasts, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio are setting new highs. StarStyle® has been broadcasting LIVE weekly since 1998 and Express Yourself!™ since 2011. Both programs are now on the Empowerment Channel at Voice America. Find out more information at Forty one teens have become reporters and hosts through these innovative programs. 

Operation Disaster Relief has become an ongoing outreach project since the devastating California fires of the past two years. Two of our teen radio hosts, Joven Hundal and Siri Phaneendra have been co-chairing this imperative service. Please consider donating to this worthy cause as we continue to help those affected by terrible disasters around the country. 

Be the Star You Are!® volunteers are involved in numerous other outreach projects. Eighty-seven volunteers became published writers through their contributions in two of our signature books, Be the Star You Are! for Teens and Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Buy the books with all money benefiting Be the Star You Are!® at

Find out more about our programs, events, positive results, and how to help at

Direct Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®

We invite you to volunteer, get involved, or make a donation. Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:

As an all-volunteer non profit, I, too, am a volunteer with Be the Star You Are!®. And as a volunteer I agree with what Mahatma Gandhi said,  “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Thank you to our volunteers. We all salute and honor you.

Happy Spring! Happy Easter! 

Heartfelt gratitude,

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

In our recent shipments to help the survivors of the town of Paradise who lost so much in the disastrous Camp Fires, Be the Star You Are!® wants to thank three main supporters of Operation Disaster Relief who assisted us in getting much needed new books to the distribution center.

Our sincerest appreciation goes to:

David Hancock, Morgan James Publishing:

Monique Muhlenkamp, New World Library:

Diana Zimmerman, The Calabiyau Chronicles:

Caring is sharing. Thank you David, Monique, and Diana.


We are very proud of the work of all of our volunteers. We shine the spotlight on a few STARS who share their views on volunteering with BTSYA

Joven Hundal

“I can say with certainty that joining Be the Star You Are! is the best decision of my life. This rare organization not only does good work for the community, but also actively promotes its volunteers and affords them opportunities not found elsewhere. I've worked as Lead Host of BTSYA's teen radio show, Chairperson of BTSYA’s Disaster Relief, and even was published in BTSYA's latest positive message media anthology, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. Nowhere else could I have found such service opportunities, and I look forward to taking advantage of them even more in the years to come.”

Heather Brittany

I have been involved with Be the Star you are since I was a teen. The incredible impact it has made on my life and thousands of others, has continued me to stay involved all through my 20's and now in my 30's!! This organization is based on motivating others through the power of positivity and inspirational media. Thank you for every beautiful moment this organization has brought into my life.”

Kenneth Jeon

“BTSYA is honestly amazing. I've been volunteering as a reporter and host for BTSYA's teen radio show and it's provided me with so much. It's given me countless opportunities to speak about my interests, have fun, meet new people, and grow and develop as a person. Cynthia Brian is unbelievably kind and supportive, and an amazing leader and mentor all around. I am truly honored to be a part of this team.”

Karen Kitchel

“Amazing is one way to describe this outstanding nonprofit and its fearless leader, Cynthia Brian. Over the years I've seen many instances where Cynthia has been a role model in rallying teen volunteers to reach out to those in need, no matter where they are or what situation presents itself. I support this fine organization because I believe in their cause and their leadership, and I encourage you to do the same.”


On Saturday, May 11th from 11am-3pm, the 13th Annual Moraga Community Faire and Classic Car Show will provide a day of family fun and community. The Faire attracts 3500 + attendees with numerous attractions, vendors, Kids zone, food trucks, wine, beer, art, and a classic car show. As the official face painting booth, Be the Star You Are!® volunteers will be offering activities for children including face painting, a reading circle, and giving away books to increase literacy. A book signing is also planned. 

Chelsea Pelchat is our teen coordinator. "For the past four years, I have been the teen event coordinator where I have been able to exercise and develop life skills that I will use forever.“


If you would like to make a direct donation to our giving fund, please visit our PayPal page!

We appreciate a direct donation most of all via PAYPAL GIVING FUND at

Checks can be sent to PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556

There are other easy ways that assist our mission and don’t cost you a dime!

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases

4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too!

5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE

6. BTSYA Logo Store

7. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 1800+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA: - be-the-star-you-are-inc

9. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” T-shirts and tanks $19.99 at StarStyle® Store:

10. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle


For the perfect Easter basket gift, buy any of our books. When you order directly from our website, 100% goes to Be the Star You Are!® charity plus you will get extra FREE goodies. For spring, how about adding Growing with the Goddess Gardener.  Or to bridge the generation gap, buy Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers with chapters by 35 volunteers Autographed the way you want and they are donation too! Books are like a garden in your pocket and they are perennial bloomers.

Be the Star You Are! 501 c3, PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556.Celebrating 20 years of stellar service to the world!GROW with us!

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556


"To be a leader you must be a reader." Read, Lead, Succeed!"



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