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The Gift of Curiosity

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Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.
The rich earth is filled with marvels in every nook and cranny.  Don’t merely accept this grandeur, but rather seek it out. Strive to be curious. Reporters and writers are high on the list of professionals who need to be curious. Former newspaper reporter turned travel guidebook writer, author, and radio host, Fran  Silverman shares how curiosity has shaped her career.

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Host Henna Hundal discusses how being curious and creative sets us free and offers unlimited possibilities in all realms.

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Alex Pawlakos brings his new segment HealthRap to Express Yourself!™ with the curious and exciting happenings in the medical arena.

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Co-host Asya Gonzalez talks about how curiosity leads to self-discovery and without curiosity nothing in life would be accomplished or achieved.
Put on your thinking cap, view the world through an inquisitive lens. Your life will never be the same. Be curious.

The Gift of Curiosity is based on a chapter from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS

Francine Silverman
Guest Bio:
Fran Silverman
Francine Silverman is an author and radio host who sharpened her writing skills as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Her latest book is Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited The book contains everything a potential guest needs to know before contacting a host, including the theme of the show and guest criteria. Besides several e-books, Fran also authored Book Marketing A-Z with a foreword by Cynthia Brian. Her publicity service has placed clients in major media outlets.


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Spring ReBirth & Book Bash Blow Out!

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Welcome to the rebirth of spring!

Last Month was National Reading Month. One of our BTSYA volunteers,Alex Pawlakos, spent many hours doing research on literacy rates in our nation and unfortunately, found that illiteracy is still a major problem. U.S. Department of Education research shows that more than 60 percent of America’s prison inmates are illiterate and that 85 percent of all juvenile offenders have reading problems. Two-thirds of America’s children living in poverty have no books at home, and the number of families living in poverty is on the rise. Three out of four food stamp recipients perform in the lowest two literacy levels and 90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
Thirty-three percent of 4th grade public school students are at or below the “Basic” level of reading tests. Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. Where parent involvement is low, the classroom mean average is 46 points below the national average. Where involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average—a gap of 74 points. Families play an important role in their children’s reading success and access to books is a critical investment in the future of our children.


On Saturday, April 25th, Be the Star You Are!® is hosting a Book Bash Blow Out whereby books for all ages will be deeply discounted. We hope you can attend, but if you can’t consider buying a case of books to donate to an organization, school, or library to help get books into the hands of those who need them most. All sales are tax deductible donations to Be the Star You Are!® charity and when you spend $19.99 or more, you’ll be given a FREE book. Thanks to 5 A Rent A Space for collaborating in creating this event and to our sponsor, Brooks Olbrys and Children’s Success Unlimited. Read more about this fun event below. Register for FREE.

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On Saturday, May 9th, visit the Be the Star You Are!® booth at the Moraga Faire where we will be celebrating mothers and sustainable living. After the Moraga Faire, our volunteers will begin a gigantic book distribution to several charities.
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Be the Star You Are!® has once again been nominated as a Top Non Profit for 2015. We are grateful for the honor and thankful for our team of dedicated volunteer stars. Read more HERE. Thank you for all of your very kind remarks. Our goal is to empower our volunteers as well as help the people we serve. EVERYONE COUNTS!

Our two radio shows are hopping with incredible guest experts, authors, and celebrities. Make sure to tune in to our teen program, Express Yourself!™ every Tuesday at NOON PT on Voice America Kids hosted by our talented youth and to StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® every Wednesday Live from 4-5pm PT hosted by Heather Brittany and myself for upbeat talk on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.
Enjoy spring and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events. If you’d like to sponsor an upcoming event, shoot me an email. My virtual door is always open.
Cynthia Brian
Founder/Executive Director
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PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556

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Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, speaker, coach, and host of the radio show, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasting live every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network.. She also is the creator and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501c3 charity.


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Typing a few words in a text message is no big deal, and most smartphone keyboards are up to the task. But what if you are using word documents or a note-taking app and you need to type much more than a few words?  That’s where the Swype app comes in handy. Swype calls itself an ‘intelligent’ virtual keyboard, that is better, faster and smarter than ordinary keyboards. It comes with many different features to assist the user in inputting words quickly and easily. For example, Swype gets its name from the fact that you can enter a word by swiping (tracing) the letters on the keyboard. Another really useful feature is Dragon Dictation, a highly sophisticated voice recognition program, which allows you to dictate text quickly, accurately, and hands-free. Swype also has a built in Smart Editor which has the ability to look at entire sentences you have entered and underline possible errors and suggestions for fixing them. The app allows you to go back and forth between three different keyboard designs, including a moveable keyboard, a full screen keyboard and one that is split-screen.  The app also ‘trains’ itself to learn your unique vocabulary, enabling it to predict your words before you type them.  If you use your smartphone to type more than just a few texts, you will love Swype.  Unfortunately, this app is not compatible with the iPhone.

By Alex Pawlakos

Edited by Cynthia Brian

App: Swype by Nuance Communications Inc.

For: All Android phones and tablets

Price: $0.99

Alex Pawlakos enjoys biking, weightlifting, and tutoring in his spare time. He is a reporter on Express Yourself!(tm) Teen Radio. Alex is an economics major at UC Berkeley.


Read more about the Article Here.   As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. Read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voiceamerica Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT and click here for photos, descriptions, links, and more.
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Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit the website and Click here to Donate.
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