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Express Yourself Teens Talk about Building and Growing Relationships

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Express Yourself Teens Talk about Building and Growing Relationships

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 With the Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Team   Produced by Cynthia Brian

The best gift you can give to another is a wonderful relationship with yourself! When you love yourself, you have the capacity to love others. The Express Yourself!™ teen team brings different perspectives on relationships with hosts Caie Kelley and Youngjoo Ahn as they talk with reporters and a track star. Caie talks about how every person has a different need for connection while Youngjoo emphasizes the importance of being yourself. #Hashtag reporter, Alex Lee denounces posting relationship status on social media and Book it reporter, Courntey Cheng discusses different types of relationships including romantic, familial, and friendship correlating each with a specific book. The featured guest is Jasiri Black, a scholarship awarded college track star from “the hood” of Richmond, California who offers hope and inspiration as she sets goals and develops connections through education. A great relationship with the world begins with yourself! Are you ready to love and be loved?

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2013/10/8_Building_Relationships.html

The 10th Annual Essay Contest begins soon. Enter to win $100 plus radio interviews, books, publicity, and more. For guidelines visit http://starstyleradio.com/Events/Entries/2013/10/18_Win_%24100._Radip_Interviews%2C_Books_in_Essay_Contest.html

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 caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Cynthia Brian
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Cynthia Brian is the producer and host of StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® heard LIVE every Wednesday on the Voice America Empowerment Channel from 4-5pm PT at . More information is available at http://www.StarStyleRadio.com

Express Yourself Teens Talk about Responsibility

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Express Yourself Teens Talk about Responsibility

Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Team

Produced by Cynthia Brian

 

What is responsibility and how do we interpret it? Hosts Youngjoo Ahn and Katelyn Darrow believe that being responsible means being dependable, accountable, having integrity, walking your talk, and exhibiting the authority to act. Global Youth Reporter, Ryan Sim talks about the international security and human rights norms known as the “Responsibility to Protect” or “R2P” with the moral responsibility to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. #Hashtag reporter Alex Lee, talks about the physical, mental, and sociological responsibility that individuals of being a social networker. Our youth hosts interview our special guest, 17 year old recording artist, Roxie Bardo, who shares her discipline and responsibility ways of doing business in the recording world. Originally from Tennessee, currently residing in Los Angeles, Roxie is a professional songwriter as well as the owner of Roxie Bardo Entertainment (P) 2013.

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/72834/responsibility

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2013/10/1_Responsibility.html

The 10th Annual Essay Contest begins soon. Enter to win $100 plus radio interviews, books, publicity, and more. For guidelines visit http://starstyleradio.com/Events/Entries/2013/10/18_Win_%24100._Radip_Interviews%2C_Books_in_Essay_Contest.html

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 caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Express Yourself! Teens Talk Depression & Anxiety

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Express Yourself! Teens Talk Depression & Anxiety

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Express Yourself Teens Talk about Depression and Anxiety

 with the Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Team

Produced by Cynthia Brian

 
Over 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide.  According to the World Mental Health Survey conducted in 17 countries, “1 in 20 people have reported episode of depression in the previous year.” Depression leads to mental deterioration, and, at its worst, can cause individuals to commit suicide, which result in an estimated 1 million deaths every year.  Our teen reporters and hosts share information, tips, and more that help us recognize depression and reduce our stress. Hosts Youngjoo Ahn and Katelyn Darrow lead the discussions with Global Youth Reporter, Ryan Sim tells us to reach out for help. #Hashtag reporter, Alex Lee, believes that social networking leads to increased depression and encourages listeners to distance themselves from technology more often. Youngjoo’s Artsy Gift provides activities,  and depression proof kits to cheer us up. Special guest is the 19 year old You Tube rising star, Joshelyn Smith, who writes songs on her guitar and piano and posts about life, beauty, fitness & wellness, motivation, and anything that tickles her fancy.
 
Join us at the 15th Annual Pear Festival to meet our Reporters and Writers, Sept. 28, 10am-4pm PT. Fun activities for the family and autographed books. 
The 10th Annual Essay Contest Begins Soon. 2013 Essay Guidelines.pdf
 
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Read Reviews of Be the Star You Are!® Congratulations to the volunteers and supporters of Be the Star You Are!® charity for being honored for the 4th year in a row as being a TOP NON PROFIT!.
 
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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 Katherine@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Teens Talk about Positivity with the Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Team

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Teens Talk about Positivity with the Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Team

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Produced by Cynthia Brian

Are you an optimist or pessimist? Do you find yourself being up or down? Positivity is a choice. We have the power to be happy or the power to make ourselves sad. Positive people lead happier lives and research indicates they live longer as well. In Express Yourself!™ today, hosts Rachel Glass and Hannah Li focus on the ability to bring more positivity into our daily routine. Rachel talks about the importance of looking at our glass as half full as opposed to half empty. Hannah dresses in bright colors and expresses the idea that wardrobe is important to creating an optimistic mood. What’s Poppin’ reporter, Caie Kelley, offers up quotes from famous people who have been instrumental in turning bad situations into wins and New York Times best selling author and radio producer, Cynthia Brian shares her optimistic viewpoint on how to become the positive star you were meant to be.If you’ve been down lately, this program will up your happiness and positivity quotient.

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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 Katherine@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit Be The Star You Are. Thanks for supporting teens DONATE! . Thanks for supporting teens!

 

Review of Dragon Drop by Jerry Ackerman BY CYNTHIA BRIAN

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Review of Dragon Drop by Jerry Ackerman BY CYNTHIA BRIAN

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Love is Forever

What would you do if the mythical creature that you’ve always believed was real showed up at your window one evening?  Invite him in, of course!  In Jerry Ackerman’s young adult novel, a little girl contently draws dragons at a cluttered table. Although her dad has told her that dragons are imaginary, he has also said that the imagination is a wonderful thing allowing anything to be as real as a person wants.  Outside the window, a dragon that looks exactly like her drawn portrait peers at the scene. Through the Transzip, he has landed on earth at the home of ten year-old Lily and her parents.  His life is about to change forever.

This is a novel about friendships, family, devotion, and love. It is also about telling the truth while holding back words or thoughts that could be hurtful. It’s a book about discovery, believing in the impossible, and tapping into our source.  Most of all, the novel is entertaining, sweet, and a great read for all ages. 

The author wrote this story as a love note to his daughter. Through his spirited words, it’s obvious that family, connection, love, respect, and caring are paramount in one’s life. Py, the dragon, represents the author, while Lily, the child in the book, embodies the true-life characteristics of his daughter, Sierra.

This is a heartfelt read for the entire family. I laughed, cried, and got goosebumps. Most of all, I am now searching the skies for dragons. They are real.

 Listen to an interview with Sierra as she channels Lily on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio at http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2013/8/27_Keeping_Secrets.html.

Cynthia Brian is a New York Times Best Selling Author, Actor, Radio Personality, and Founder/Executive Director, Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 literacy charity. More info at http://www.Star-Style.com.

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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 Katherine@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm.  Thanks for supporting teens!

 

 

Transitioning from One School to Another By Linda Lan Phung and Caie Kelley

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Transitioning from One School to Another By Linda Lan Phung and Caie Kelley

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Edited by Cynthia Brian

Once July comes to an end and August begins, the start of school seems imminent. The prospect of being an older student can feel unreal – especially when memories of the previous year seem so vivid. Even more surreal is the change from being at the top level of the school to the bottom again. 

Sophia Li has just completed middle school and will enter the world of high school. Unlike many incoming freshman, Li has a little bit of experience with the academic rigor because she took a math class at Campolindo High School while still in the eighth grade. 

Along with a new school, Li looks forward to having her sister in the same school since the last time that occurred was in the second grade. She jokes, adding, “Plus, I’ll have a ride home from school!”

Once situated in school, the transition from one grade level to the next becomes easier because students have familiarized themselves with the system. For rising sophomore Jonathan Zhou, he welcomes the new school year with no fear of getting lost on campus again. 

Thinking back, Zhou comments, “I procrastinated and didn’t study very much, but knowing this, I can improve for my AP European History class next year.” 

It can be nerve-wracking, imagining oneself in a higher grade with more responsibilities. Summer is the perfect buffer of time, allowing for adjustment and amelioration for a smoother transition to our next educational challenge.

On the other end of the spectrum, recent Miramonte High School graduate Julia Ting nervously anticipates attending college. “It will be a huge change from high school: not only will the academics be much harder, but I will need to take care of myself and make new friends,” she says.

During the summer Ting had time to reflect on her senior year and is determined to improve for college. Many seniors suffer from “senioritis,” a condition in which students lose their drive to excel, especially during the second semester when college applications have already been sent and graduation is nearing.

Ting was no exception. Optimistic, she states, “I had a bad case of senioritis, but hopefully I’ll reset by the end of the summer and recover my motivation once school starts in the fall.” 

Preparing for College

Like Ting, many of the graduated high school seniors from the Class of 2013 will soon enter college and life away from home. How have some of these students spent the summer months preparing for the transition?

Gina Nerone, who will be attending the University of Wisconsin in the fall, explained that she wanted to make the most of her time before she left for school. She says, “The week after graduation, my best friend and I went on a road trip through the Pacific North West to celebrate being finished with high school. We travelled to Olympic National Park, added gum to the Gum Wall at Pike Place Market, and tasted the famous ‘Voodoo Doughnuts’ in Portland.” 

Several other groups of graduated seniors took trips this summer abroad and around the country as well. Nerone continues, “in terms of my packing list for college, I’m ordering stuff online and picking it up at the stores in Wisconsin. I always knew I wanted to go far away for school, but college has such a different climate and culture. I will miss my close friends and family, yet I also know I am going to have so much fun!”

Her mixture of excitement and nerves seem to be echoed by many of her peers. Zac Nan, who will also be studying out of state soon, says, “I’m really taking advantage of all the moments I have – I am coaching and swimming for my last year at Sleepy Hollow, I go out for frozen yogurt and impromptu day trips, and I went to Disneyland with my family recently – it’s the little things.” His packing list was also light, because shipping is expensive and the amount one can bring is limited on flights. Nan is lucky, because as he says, “My roommate is a sophomore so I don’t have to bring any of the big stuff, which is a huge relief. I am looking forward to what is ahead.”

So whether next year’s destination is far away like Nan’s and Nerone’s or just over the hill, the upcoming transition to college – or to high school – is an exciting prospect in these young Lamorinda teen’s lives. As a soon-to-be college freshman said, “I can’t wait!”

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Linda Lan Phung, a High School senior who volunteers throughout the East Bay, is an officer with Club Be the Star You Are!(r), and strives for 17-second miracles, inspired by author Jason Wright. 

 Caie Kelley is a junior in High School and the Pop Culture reporter on the teen show, Express Yourself!  In her free time, she teaches swimming and piano, and enjoys volunteering.

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. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com

THE APP RAP: TripAdvisor By Eric Pawlakos

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THE APP RAP: TripAdvisor By Eric Pawlakos

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Edited by Cynthia Brian

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space.gifThe rapid growth of social media has really been a blessing to anyone who likes to go out and explore different places. This is due to the ease of accessing the reviews and opinions of others. There is no doubt that when you are looking for someplace new to experience, it is really helpful to know what other people have to say about a particular place. And, if you want the app that has the most extensive and useful reviews, TripAdvisor is simply indispensable. Wherever you are, this app helps you access over 100 million user reviews, opinions, and photos to find the best hotels, the best restaurants, and fun and interesting things to do. It also helps you to find flights and compare airfare. Use the ‘Near Me Now’ feature to instantly find out what is close to any address that you enter. This feature will list all nearby hotels, nearby restaurants and nearby things to do, including detailed information, price range, and the type of establishment. The best feature, of course, is the ability to read the numerous reviews and opinions of other travelers to help you make your decision. You will learn the good, the bad, and the ugly and with practice will be able to know which reviews are the most accurate and applicable to you. If you like to travel, whether close to home or in foreign lands, immediately downloading the TripAdvisor app to your smartphone is a wise decision.
 

Alex Pawlakos enjoys biking, weightlifting, and tutoring in his spare time. He is a reporter on Express Yourself!™) Teen Radio.

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. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 
 

SCAMS BY CYNTHIA BRIAN

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The most common scams are probably still computer hacking, there are a lot of types ranging in seriousness. Veteran host Youngjoo Ahn welcome first time co-host, Clare Durant, as they interview Global Youth Talk reporter Ryan Sim with his information on scholarship fraud and author Ashley Elston with her book The Rules for Disappearing that discusses fake identities and the Witness Protection Program. The hosts also offer tips on how to protect yourself from internet stalking as well as other scams. Whether it be a friend hacking your Facebook for fun or a thief stealing your social security ID or someone in a foreign country trying to get access to your credit cards or bank accounts, scams are on the rise. Some of the most common scams according to the FBI include the Nigerian Letter, telemarketing fraud, identity theft, advanced fee schemes and health care fraud.

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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 emailKatherine@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!
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THE APP RAP- GATE GURU By Alex Pawlakos

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THE APP RAP- GATE GURU By Alex Pawlakos

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App: GateGuru by GateGuru Inc.

For: iPhones and Android phones

Price: Free

With the arrival of summer, many of us will be spending some of our time in airports. Unfortunately, for many vacationers, the airport experience is the worst part of traveling.  However, there is a handy little app called GateGuru that definitely helps in making the time spent in airports a little more bearable.  For starters, once you enter your flight information directly into the app, GateGuru will keep you real-time informed on any delays, as well as security-line wait times. In addition, when you enter your airport location into the app, you are supplied with a wealth of information about the airport and what it has to offer.  For example, you can sort by restaurants (and then types of foods), different shops (for example, book shops and gift shops) and services and ATM machine locations. Detailed maps are easy to navigate. Even more useful than just listing what food shops are available, GateGuru supplies the user with reviews from fellow travelers. This is most appreciated when searching for airport food.  A really neat feature of this app is the ability to rent a car quickly through an exclusive partnership with Avis-Budget.   GateGuru says that this allows them to offer the user discounts up to 35% compared with other leading travel sites.  Since airport delays are an inevitable part of traveling, GateGuru is an app every traveler will find indispensable. 

 

Alex Pawlakos enjoys biking, weightlifting, and tutoring in his spare time. He is a reporter on Express Yourself!™) Teen Radio.

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. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 
 

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