“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
For my birthday this year, my husband gave me a fabulous card that read:
“It’s not how old you are…but the number of years you’ve made the world a better place.”
And he donated to my favorite charity-BE THE STAR YOU ARE!®
Twenty years ago in 1999, I founded Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity to empower women, families, and youth while increasing and improving literacy and positive media messages. The journey has faced multiple challenges and equal amounts of joy. The “Teen Angel” volunteers that helped launch Be the Star You Are!® are now in their mid-thirties, many are married, and raising their own children. From the beginning, Be the Star You Are!® has been 100% volunteer staffed with no paid employees. Throughout these twenty years, I have been a volunteer along with thousands. Since 99% of our volunteers are pre-teens, teens, and young adults, my personal mission has been to grow leaders.
And, WOW!, these young people become astonishing leaders.
One of the former main hosts of our radio broadcast, Express Yourself!™, Henna Hundal, has her own radio show at Harvard where she recently interviewed Bill Gates, Malala, and many international leaders.
Danielle Wong has won numerous awards for her novel, Swearing Off Stars.
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.
(Make sure to read champion archer and radio personality, Young Yoo Choo’s chapter The Gift of Volunteering in the Millennials to Boomers book)
Many more volunteers have been singled out for their contributions to schools, communities, and countries. I’m proud of each person with whom I’ve had the privilege of interacting and I invite all current and previous volunteers to take a bow.
Bravo to the volunteers of BTSYA for being the stars they are!
In the past two years, America has witnessed several major disasters. BTSYA volunteers worked diligently to get resources to survivors of fires, hurricanes, and floods. Operation Disaster Relief has become an ongoing outreach program in need of support. When a disaster strikes we don’t have to solicit donations, but instead, we want to be ready to assist immediately. Please support this initiative to get new books and resources to those in need in times of disaster
Want to know how much we’ve contributed in 20 years of service?
Here’s a simple snapshot of what BTSYA has accomplished since 1999 all with no paid staff and 100% volunteer workforce.
Positive Results include:
Served 409,860 individuals and families
Donated to 109 organizations
Logged 491,890 volunteer hours
Distributed $2 million in resources
Broadcast 2200 unique hours of positive programming through radio broadcasts.
Published 4 signature award-winning books, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, Be the Star You Are!® Millennials to Boomers, and Miracle Moments®,
Written and published over 2000 book reviews in collaboration with The Reading Tub and Express Yourself!™ Creative Community.
Interviewed over 2500 authors, experts, and celebrities.
We’ve lost count of how many consecutive years, BTSYA has been honored as a TOP Nonprofit. To get a feel of the impact BTSYA has on beneficiaries, supporters, and volunteers, read the reviews at Great Non-Profits, http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/
In addition, we recently received our platinum badge from Guidestar.
We want to thank all donors over the years and encourage you to become part of our STAR donor team by making a tax-deductible donation at http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org. The easiest way to donate is through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504
Consider sponsoring an event or making BTSYA the beneficiary of your event. We are accepting sponsors now for the May Moraga Faire and the September Pear and Wine Festival. Sponsor our two radio broadcasts, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ For more information contact me and I’ll be happy to show you ways you can get involved.
Our motto is “To be a leader, you must be a reader. Read, Lead, Succeed!”
As we head into the third month of 2019, I look forward to growing more leaders through our fantastic volunteer opportunities and collaborating with individuals, businesses, and companies to make our world an even better place. I’m devoted to making a positive difference.
Will you help me, please? DONATE! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3
Thank you for your participation.
Heartfelt gratitude for the past twenty years! Here’s to the next twenty!
Be the Star You Are!®
PO Box 376
Moraga, California 94556
PS: You are never too young or too old to make a difference!
Be a Super Hero.
Make a donation today!