“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.Â People who soar, are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change.”
Charles R. Swindoll
Message from Founder, Cynthia Brian
Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so powerful as hope. Hope keeps dreams alive. Hope is everything. Recently I received a letter from an incarcerated individual who had read my book,Â Be the Star You Are!Â® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference.Â Because of the true stories of portrayed in the book, he said he was filled with hope for a betterÂ tomorrowÂ when he is released.Â âBut sadlyâ.Â he wrote, âmany of the other young people in prison with me are hopeless and helpless as we have no library of encouraging books. I would like to start one. Would you please consider sending copies ofÂ Be the Star You Are!Â® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference?â
After I read his heart-felt letter I thought it wise to consult our volunteers to see howÂ Be the Star You Are!Â®Â could respond. Our mission is to empower women, families, and youth through improved literacy, increased positive media, and sustainable tools for living. Unanimously the volunteers agreed that we would create a new outreach program to address this lack of empowerment and life skill books in places of incarceration. The program has been aptly named âPossibilities for Prisoners Projectâ. Our goal is to raise a start-up fund of $10,000 to collect, organize, and ship appropriate resources to decrease despair, increase hope, and encourage positive transformation. Following St. Francis of Assisi guidelines, we will offer light in the darkness and joy from the sadness.
We hope you willÂ supportÂ this important campaign to give hope and strength to those who seek a life without crime. All donations are tax deductible.Â Itâs harvest time and the crop that will yield everlasting fruit isÂ HOPE.
HelpÂ us give the gift of hope.
âRemember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.”Â From the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”
OurÂ Trick or Treat for LiteracyÂ Campaign Starts October 1.Â Thanks for contributing to a harvest of hope, Â Read the newsletter
P.S. The holidays are around the corner. For a complete list ofÂ Outreach ProgramsÂ you may wish to support.
Ideas on how toÂ HELP.Â To purchase copies ofÂ Be the Star You Are!Â®Â orÂ Be the Star You Are!Â® for TEENSÂ for yourself or for gifts, go to ourÂ STORE. Case prices available.
Author & Book Spotlight:Â Roland AllnachÂ Prism
Described as a âstar on the riseâ by Foreword Clarion,Â Roland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle.Â Prismâ presents the best of Roland Allnachâs newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction, fracturing the readerâs perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience.
Tune in to a LIVE interview with Roland coming up onÂ Wednesday, October 8,Â betweenÂ 4-5pm PTÂ onÂ StarstyleÂ® Be the Star You Are!Â® Radio.Â Read a review of his newest book,Â PrismÂ atÂ AmazonÂ Barnes and Noble
Pear & Wine Festival SuccessÂ
On September 27, volunteers of Be the Star You Are!Â® including teen writers, radio reporters, concert directors, and videographers provided activities for the community to enhance creativity. People of all ages participated in theÂ Once Upon a Timeâ¦story while children made bookmarks at theÂ Pear and Wine Festival.
Lots of freebies were offered to the festival attendees and a great time was enjoyed by all. Thanks to our Pear and Wine Festival sponsors TheÂ Lamorinda WeeklyÂ andNapa Valley Wealth Management.
Read theÂ StoryÂ on our Creative Writing Page.
Discounts for BTSYA Supporters
Everyone loves a discount so here are a few you will enjoy using.Â UBER:Â New riders ride FREE!Â Value $30.00.Â Use code:Â cynthias34on UBER app
TORORIDE:Â $50 off yourÂ first ride.Â Use code:Â AZADTR
Â AMAZON:Â Discounted books
Start a CLUB BTSYA at School
Want to start aÂ CLUB BTSYAÂ at your school?
Lots of opportunity for outreach programs including Book Reviews, Letters for Literacy, Possibilities for Prisoners, Radio Involvement, and events.
ContactÂ CLUB BTSYAÂ President, Caiseen Kelley viaÂ info@BetheStarYouAre.org
Make a difference withÂ CLUB BTSYA.
SHOP and GIVEÂ
If you love to shop online, you’ll love the ways you can be donating toÂ Be the Star You Are!Â®Â without spending a penny more, and sometimes saving a lot. The next time you want to buy ANYTHING, click on one of our links and you’ll
be supporting BTSYA while getting the best value for yourself!
1.Â AmazonSmileÂ donates .5% of purchases when youÂ click here.
2. Discounted books atÂ Amazon
3. Buy or Sell onÂ EBAY
4. UseÂ GoodSearchÂ 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 onÂ IGIVE
6.Â BTSYA Logo Store
Logo Store is Open
Volunteer and designer, Ryan Anderson,Â has been busy launching the Be the StarYou Are!Â®Â online Logo Store. His creative cuff bracelets, license plate holders, aprons, backpacks, totes, flags, and more are ready to be shipped! All sales are tax deductible.
You can also buy Read, Lead, Succeed T-Shirts and find out about other specials and discounts. VisitÂ http://btsya.rylees.net
Check ourÂ Events CalendarÂ for More Details on the events below:
1.Â Trick or Treat for Literacy CampaignÂ startsÂ October 1-31.Download a flyer and help us raise awareness.
2.Â 11th Annual National Essay Contest ComingÂ October 15th.Â For Sponsorship, contactinfo@BetheStarYouAre.
3Halloween Pop Up ConcertÂ organized by Concert Director, Andrew Wang.Â October 31, Rheem Shopping Center.
4.Â Wrap PartyÂ organized by Event Coordinator, Jennifer Lee at Barnes and Noble.Â TBA
In the News
Our volunteers are talented. They live our creed of “To be a leader, you must be a reader! Read, Lead, Succeed!” Check out their reviews and published articles.
Tune in everyÂ TuesdayÂ atÂ NOON PTÂ on theÂ Voice America Kids NetworkÂ to listen to our talented teens interview awesome guests from around the world.
Links, stories, photos and archives.Â Twenty seven volunteers have now been trained asÂ hosts and reporters.
Live everyÂ WednesdayÂ LIVE fromÂ 4-5pmÂ on theÂ Empowerment Channel of Voice America, hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany bring you uplifting talk with T42, Health Matters, and interviews with authors and experts.Â Links, stories, photos, and archives.
With a donation toÂ Be the Star You Are!Â®,Â you may become a guest on our radio programs. Find out how by emailingÂ Cynthia@
LEND US YOUR EARS!
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YOU are our Harvest of Hope
Thanks for making Be the Star You Are!Â® aÂ TOP RATED NON PROFIT.Â We strive hard to enrich the lives of others while helping individuals be the stars they were born to be. Make aÂ tax donation
Let’s SOAR To the STARS Together!