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"Because kids who love to read rarely get into trouble, BTSYA does so much more than empower kids, it is changing the world--one kid at a time." Diana Zimmerman, Author, Kandide

With no paid staff and all volunteers, since receiving our 501c3 status in 1999, Be the Star You Are! has:


Served 558,927 individuals and families


Donated to 118 organizations 


Logged 770,999 volunteer hours and growing


Distributed $2.1 million plus in resources

Collected and donated 1575 pairs of shoes to 

women in poverty around the globe.


Broadcast 2700 unique hours of positive programming through radio broadcasts.


Published 7 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, No Barnyard Bullies, Family Forever, Books in the Barnyard: Oh Deer!, and Miracle Moments®,


Written and published over 2530 book reviews in collaboration with The Reading Tub and Express Yourself!™ Creative Community.


Interviewed over 2500 authors, experts, and celebrities.

Honored by the California Assembly for 20 years of community service. 

Nominated for the California Governor’s and First Lady’s Service Awards


2024 Nonprofit of the Year awarded by Moraga Chamber of Commerce out of 80 nominations.

Honored with five-star ratings as a Top Rated Non-Profit by GuideStar and Great Non Profits for the Women’s Empowerment, Arts and Culture, and the Arts Appreciation Campaigns since 2010.


Be the Star You Are!® encourages and supports its volunteers to GROW people.

READ the congratulation letter from California Assemblywoman Catherine Baker 

READ recognition letter from Assembly California Legislature Assemblymember, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

2021 Founder Cynthia Brian honored and featured on the Points of Light Inspiration Honor Roll celebrating outstanding individuals who improve the lives of others.

2022 Founder Cynthia Brian honored and featured on the Points of Light Inspiration Honor Roll celebrating outstanding individuals who take action to create change in communities


3 original films by volunteers accepted into International Earth Gratitude Festival:

Cynthia Brian, Ruhani Chhabra, Sharanya Roy

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Increasing literacy and Writing skills
Be the Star You Are!® isa top rated non profit
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Cynthia Brian's Award Winning Books
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  • "By collecting and distributing books, Be the Star You Are!® impacts and benefits many and I am honored to represent such a charitable organization."Catherine Baker, Assemblywoman, 16th District, California

  • "Thank you again for your generosity and compassion for hurricane relief. It is efforts just like this that redefine the term “neighbor,” and we are so blessed to have neighbors like you!" Northwest Assistance Ministries, Houston, Texas

  • “Thank you so much Be the Star You Are!® We greatly appreciate all you have done to help our schools and the children affected by the tornadoes.” Joplin, Missouri

  • "You are definitely a woman who truly knows what it takes to touch the lives of thousands of teen lives. You totally rock!!! Thanks a gazillion!” Difference Makers, California

  • "Our warmest appreciation for the generous donation of new books. We are truly grateful for your support to prevent child abuse enabling us to better serve the children to create a safer environment.” Child Abuse Prevention Council

  • "We believe that what you do for these young teens makes a big difference not only to their lives but the whole society!"Susan and Sal Captain, Captain Vineyards, California

  • "Thanks to your donation of books, this season was brighter for our kids. Your generosity helps brighten hundreds of lives.” Chilrden's Hospital

  • Thank you for the very generous donation of books received for our lifeskills class. As a result of the state budget crisis our students do not have access to supplemental educational resources, materials and supplies.And for this reason, your gift is even more special to the deserving children who will benefit from using the books.” Learning Centers, Los Angeles

  • "The youngsters we provide service to would like to say “thank you” for your very generous donation of new books.  It means a great deal to these children to be remembered, and your donation is often the only gift the children have ever received. Our hope is that your act of kindness will help generate good deeds in them." Shannon Grosenheider, Juvenile Hall Auxiliary. Martinez, California

  • “Thank you for your donations of fantastic books. The clients love the books. We rely on contributions like yours to provide economically disadvantaged women transitioning from welfare to help them find a job which helps them to achieve economic self-sufficiency.“ Wardrobe for Opportunity

  • “By providing books, Be the Star You Are! has increased literacy for our new low income homeowners. Many do not have access to libraries and you are improving their reading skills. Thanks a lot for the helpful books.” Habitat for Humanity

  • "Thank you, again, for all your help with the books for the Camp for Foster Children. This is going to make a very big difference to a bunch of kids who have very little to call their own.” Melanie Hunter, Project Administrator, Northern California

  • "In times when most just give teens electronic devises and have them figure out what life means, I think BTSYA is an amazing program offering the teens a greater chance to become full grown and critical citizens.: Andy Scheck, Publisher, Lamorinda Weekly Newspaper

  • "I just wanted to thank you again for your help. The opportunity and your guidance has been extremely helpful and rewarding to me, especially with a motivation to read again during the pandemic. Your help with the supervisor review was also greatly appreciated." Matt Zhang, volunteer, Canada

  • "Thank you for being a light in the world! I love the work you are doing."  Michele Neff Hernandez, CEO Soaring Spirits, Int.

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"Thanks Cynthia Brian for tirelessly working to promote youth and nurture their talent. Thanks for creating such a wonderful forum for the youth to showcase their potentials. You are an inspiration." Soumya Roy, parent of volunteer Sharanya

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