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Do Good with an End of Year Tax Deduction

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Do Good with an End of Year Tax Deduction


Miracle Moment®

“Do all the good you can

By all the means you can

In all the ways you can

In all the places you can

To all the people you can

As long as you ever can.”

Great Non Profits

A Message from Founder/Executive Director, Cynthia Brian

For twelve consecutive years, ever since the inception of Great Non Profits, Be the Star You Are!® has been honored as a Top Non Profit by Great Non Profits and Candid, formerly known as Guidestar. We don’t take this award lightly.

The volunteers work diligently to consistently provide the highest level of service to the programs we provide and the outreach we serve. Teen radio hosts, Book Reviewers, Researchers, Content Providers, Event Volunteers, Disaster Relief Workers, Social Media Ambassadors, Book Review Director, Kindness Coordinator, and many others from around the world show up to provide their talent, skills, time, and efforts. At Be the Star You Are!®, we truly care about the development and empowerment of our volunteers as much as the people we serve. Teen volunteers indicate that their involvement with Be the Star You Are!® has played a pivotal role in their positive development and growth. As the Executive Director, I am proud of our volunteers and the work we all do to make our world a more kind and inclusive place.

And we do all of this through individual and personal donations and a 100% volunteer staff, including myself. We don’t receive state or federal funding. We depend on YOU!

We are grateful to the donors, sponsors, and supporters who have contributed financially to our mission of empowering and encouraging women, families, and youth. Thank you, thank you!

As we say goodbye to 2022 and welcome 2023, we extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who has been part of our galaxy. We look forward to continuing the journey together.

If you want an end-of-year tax-deduction, or just want to make a final donation, you can easily do that online through PAYPAL Giving Fund, with no fees. DONATE here: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Checks can be sent to Be the Star You Are!®, PO Box 376, Moraga, Ca. 94556

At the end of this newsletter, you can read a summary of a few of the accomplishments of this grassroots, all-volunteer charity and other ways you can help.

From all of us, to you and your families, continue shining.

May 2023 be the best year ever!


With gratitude,

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556




DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Turning over a new leaf

by Shubham Acharya

Another year has gone by, and a new one approaches. Starting from Christmas through the new year, the air is filled with such a festive feeling and a renewed sense of hope that it is almost tangible. The new year presents a strange paradox, on the one hand, we are elated for the fresh chance we are given, followed by disappointment when we inevitably fail to fulfil the laundry list of new year’s resolutions we undertake. So, this new year, let’s keep things simple and instead of making a list, let’s follow the tagline, “A little something for me and a little something for you.” Do something for yourself—take a trip you’ve always wanted to take, buy a gadget you’ve always wanted to buy (within reason, of course!)—as a reward for surviving the previous year, and do something for someone less fortunate than you, whether economically or in terms of family: spend some time with them, lend a sympathetic ear to their problems, as little and as much as you can to alleviate some of their pain and return some of your festive happiness and hope. Lastly, I wish you a very happy and prosperous new year 2023!

Shubham Acharya is an IT professional, passionate about history and antiques living and working in India. He loves reading books and collecting antique coins. As a Be the Star You Are!® volunteer in Mumbai, he believes strongly in women’s empowerment and children’s literacy. Shubbam writes: “My mother was a teacher in a government sponsored school in one of the poorest localities in my area, so I grew up very aware of the importance of education and literacy in changing people’s lives. Having said this, I fell in love with the Be the Star You are!® motto ‘To be a leader, you must be a READER’.

Bragging Rights!

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

Served 555,927 individuals and families

Donated to 118 organizations

Logged 670,999 volunteer hours and growing

Distributed $2.1 million plus in resources

Broadcast 2200 unique hours of positive programming through radio broadcasts.

Published 5 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, and Miracle Moments®,

Written and published over 2530 book reviews in collaboration with The Reading Tuband 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

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


Do You Want to Help? Here are lots of ways to make a difference.


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Humble Bundle Digital Content

  • #Giving Tuesday PayPal adds 1%, Donate at https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504
  • Volunteer time
  • Become a Benefactor
  • Establish A Charitable Giving Account with an Investment Firm in the name of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3
  • Donate rent money for our storage space

Please join our Galaxy of Stars and support BE THE STAR YOU ARE!® with your contributions and/or ask your company to be on our team. Visit our creative community at http://www.BTSYA.org for book reviews, news items, newsletters, and press pass clips.



PO Box 376,

Moraga, California 94556

Make a donation via Paypal Giving Fund

View a partial list of beneficiaries we have served.

All donations are tax-deductible according to law. A tax receipt will be emailed to you for all donations over $25.00.

Thank you again for being stars in our universe. Enjoy a happy, healthy, blessed New Year! And remember to do all the good possible, always!


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Year of the Fire Rooster By Cynthia Brian

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Year of the Fire Rooster By Cynthia Brian


Having grown up on a farm raising chickens and selling the eggs to finance my university education, I have great respect and admiration for the good-looking, courageous roosters and their loyal, family oriented girls. I know 2017 is going to be a terrific year for all of us as we work together to build a better world through bravery, passion, and boldness. At Be the Star You Are!®, we strive to be role models of encouragement, energy, and enthusiasm for living. You, too, can be an example of excellence with a little help from Karen Kitchel’s article below.
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We invite you to collaborate with us this year. If you are hosting an event and seeking a charity to be the beneficiary offering extensive media and social media publicity, consider Be the Star You Are!® as your candidate. If you would like to sponsor an outreach program, we welcome your involvement.  Donations are always appreciated and can easily be made on-line through PAYPAL GIVING fund with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the charity.  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3
We are listing many other ways to help below including shopping via Amazon Smile.
Make sure to listen to our radio programs. StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on Wednesdays 4-5pm PT LIVE and Express Yourself!™ airs on Tuesdays at NOONPT. For guidelines on becoming a guest, shoot me an email at Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org.

Be on the look out for our new books debuting in 2017. Even our teens will be getting published! We will keep you informed on the progress.

I look forward to sharing experiences to help you reach your goals as we create community through communication.

Wishing you many blessings, health, abundance in this year of the fire rooster.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Start crowing!

Cynthia Brian
Executive Director
Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3
PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556
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We have been asked to list the many ways you can help.

Shop, Give, and Get Connected!
If you love to shop online, you’ll love the ways you can be donating to Be the Star You Are!® 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!

Ways to Help

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882
2. Discounted books at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity
3. Buy or Sell on EBAY: http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/be-the-star-you-are-501-c-3/1504/?favorite=link
4. Use GoodSearch 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! http://www.goodsearch.com/goodto-go/be-the-star-you-are
5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA
6. BTSYA Logo Store: http://btsya.rylees.net
7. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 1800+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA: https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

If you would like to make a direct donation to our giving fund, please visit our PayPal page! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3
Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results

About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us

Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs

How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help



Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

GREAT NON PROFITS REVIEWS: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/

The Power of Example

by Karen Kitchel

We often don’t realize the power we have simply by being a good example to others with our words and actions.  We may think a lot of good thoughts about others, but don’t always take a moment to express them.  Need some ideas?
* Tell a child who is waiting in line “I like your smile”
*  Make someone’s day by simply saying “Beautiful dress or nice shirt”
*  Ask your waitperson at a restaurant to tell the cook “I really enjoyed the ___________”
* Tell someone “That color looks good on you”
*  While at the gym, reinforce someone who’s working out  “Wish I could do what you do”
*  Send a reminder to a friend who lost someone “Thinking of you because you are special to me”
You will never know how you may have inspired someone to pass on compliments to others all because of the power of your example.
About the author:
Karen Kitchel is a Community Volunteer who is passionate about helping  those who are homeless or disadvantaged.  Previously she served as President of Cheerful Givers, a nonprofit organization, and Director of BI University at BI Worldwide.  She can be reached at karenkitchel@comcast.net

Thanks for Being in our Galaxy
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Stay in touch.
Remember to SHINE and
Be the STAR YOU Are!

Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3
PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556
925-377-STAR (7827)

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The New Year with David Austin Roses

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The New Year with David Austin Roses

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with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!
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As we say good-bye to 2015 and look ahead to a new year, we travel across the pond to England to meet with rosarian and technical director of David Austen Roses, Michael Marriott. He’ll share his three decades of rose knowledge and passions. Find out about the myths and magic of valuable roses, learn how to design, when to plant, what care is essential, and everything else you wanted to know about establishing a beautiful blooming rose garden.  In T42 Health Matters, our theme is the health benefits and joy of gardening as the Mother/Daughter Goddess Gals, Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany, encourage listeners to grow herbs, flowers, and fruits no matter what size plot as an important part of a New Year’s resolution. Learn what to do in your January garden besides planting bare root roses, vines, and fruit trees. Relish an hour of garden lore and love on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Grab a cup of tea and join our New Year’s party.  www.DavidAustinRoses.com

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Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®


Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes 
Buy books by Cynthia Brian
Check out the online fundraiser for BTSYA
The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.
Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET and join our empowerment party.
For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit StarStyle Radio.
Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity

Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity.


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7th Wave

12/30/15 – Celebrate…Now!

Let’s talk resolutions: Chances are that you have been making and breaking them for years. On this timely episode of Being Here, join Ariel and Shya Kane and celebrate…Now!…without the pressure to change to become a “better” you. Callers welcome at Tel# 1-866-472-5795!

Listen Live this Wednesday, December 30th at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Network.

After this Wednesday, you can stream or download this episode and over 400 episodes on a wide variety of topics from our archives here.

You can also subscribe to BEING HERE on iTunes!


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You love to save money and keep as much of your hard earned cash in your possession. As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to look at how you can save more by donating the excess that Uncle Sam will grab from you by April 15. And Be the Star You Are!® wants to help you! You can make a difference in the lives of those with less by donating today to Be the Star You Are!® charity, a TOP RATED non profit, and a grassroots 501c3 since 1999.

Go over your finances, then give generously to get your tax deduction for 2014. You can send a check to Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3, PO Box 376, Moraga, California, 94556 or donate online.

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If you love to shop online, you’ll love the ways you can be donating to Be the Star You Are!® 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!

Ways to Help

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882

2. Discounted books at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity

3. Buy or Sell on EBAY:http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/be-the-star-you-are-501-c-3/1504/?favorite=link

4. Use GoodSearch 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 on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA

6. BTSYA Logo Store: http://btsya.rylees.net

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Enjoy the final days of 2014 and may 2015 bring you happiness, health, prosperity, and the life you long to live. Thanks for being part of our BTSYA family.

Be safe and have fun!

More info:

About BTSYA: http://btsya.com/about.html

Buy Books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity

IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTYSA

How to Help: http://www.btsya.com/donations.html

Our Programs: http://www.btsya.com/programs.html

Pen and Paper: http://www.btsya.com/pen_and_paper.html

Book Reviews: http://www.btsya.com/book_reviews.html

PRESS PASS TALK: http://www.btsya.com/talk.html#/news/

In the news: http://www.btsya.com/in_the_news.html

Volunteer: http://www.btsya.com/where_it_goes.html

Beneficiaires: http://www.btsya.com/beneificiaries.html

EVENTS: http://www.btsya.com/events_calendar.html



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