A Message from Founder, Cynthia Brian

Thank you for your patience and your generosity as it has taken me so many months to get this newsletter published. Last February our home flooded. It’s been eight months of living with plastic and paper covering walls, floors, and doorways as a multitude of professionals worked tirelessly to help us become “whole”. To be available to the crew, I worked by day from my home office with earplugs and a face mask to keep the noise and fumes at bay, and at night would go to the StarStyle and Be the Star You Are offices to finish. It was challenging, exhausting, and often disheartening as I struggled to juggle family, friends, clients, BTSYA, radiowriting, lecturinggardening, and reconstruction responsibilities. This past week, volunteers and I began to pack boxes for our holiday donation give away. It felt great to be giving back.

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Then Paris was attacked and my heart, prayers, and thoughts could only be with the French.

BTSYA is proud to have dedicated volunteers from different countries, ethnicities, cultures, and religions. BTSYA is inclusive. We believe in peace, the dignity of humankind, and the reality that each of us was born with a special gift.  We are dedicated to empowering women, families, and youth through improved literacy and increased positive media messages.  We volunteer because we want to make this world a better place for everyone. We believe that each of us has the ability to make an impact, create change, design a difference.  Life is precious.
My home is now completed and I have my sanctuary once again. But the flood of emotions we all are experiencing over the recent terrorist attacks is a signal that we have much more work to do to help every individual understand his/her unique worth. We hold the fate of the world in our hands and it is up to us to forecast our futures.
Despite hardships, there are always blessings. This Thanksgiving I offer my gratitude to you for being part of our Be the Star You Are! family. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for your time. Thank you for caring for this beautiful world in which we live.
Be the Star You Are! is celebrating 17 years of daring to care. Keep up with what’s happening with PRESS PASS. Please continue to contribute and support our grassroots efforts. Every dollar really counts and we have many ways you can donate without spending an extra penny. Check out below!
Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy, and safe Thanksgiving. When you go around the table to share what you are grateful for, remember that gratitude works. And the more you give, the more you get!
Cynthia Brian
Founder/Executive Director
Be the Star You Are!
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TSHIRT_design-2Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®


Express Yourself Four Years Congrats - LEADER 3November 21 marks the four-year anniversary of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio ( on the Voice America Kids Network. 195 new shows have hit the world wide airwaves with talented young people as hosts and reporters. Created and produced by entertainment veteran, Cynthia Brian, Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is a special outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 ( charity giving youth a voice to be listened to. Congratulations to the teens and THANK YOU Voice America Kids Network.

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If you are interested in being part of the Be the Star You Are!® family, send an email to We have many virtual opportunities, offer community service credits, and work with court appointed mandates. A questionnaire will be sent to you with guidelines. Young people have the opportunity to become on-air reporters, book reviewers, podcasters, and more.BTSYAis only interested in honest, energetic, dedicated individuals as we want our volunteers to benefit from their experience with us. We GROW people! We help YOU SHINE!moraga faire 14  - 1CU Book Bash Team

From all of us at Be the Star You Are!®, we thank you and wish you a most grateful, great, peaceful, compassionate Thanksgiving.


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