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Spring Renewal from Be the Star You Are!®

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MIRACLE MOMENT®

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Anne Bradstreet

1612-1672, Poet


A MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER/

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Be the Star You Are!® will be operating virtually until such time that the “all clear” is given. We continue to host our weekly radio broadcasts, book reviewers are reading, writing, and getting published through our literacy partner, The Reading Tub, and we continue our outreach programs to help Americans affected by the shut-downs and disasters.

2021 may become the 3rd driest year in California history. We need to be prepared. Other parts of the country will have floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes. A resource for homeowners to save time and money preparing their homes for future weather-related natural disasters can be viewed here:

https://www.reviews.com/insurance/homeowners/how-to-protect-your-home-from-extreme-weather/

The past year has been challenging especially for parents and children, especially in areas where schools were closed and everyone was subjected to online-learning. A big shout-out of gratitude to all the teachers who pivoted to work via ZOOM or other platforms to continue the education of our world’s young.

We are happy to share a parent’s resource from safety.comon How to Talk to Your Kids About the News and Protect their Sense of Safety. A recent Safety.com survey reports that “More than three-fourths of parents claim at least one event in the past year has impacted their child(ren)’s sense of safety.”

The survey found that kids were exposed to distressing topics in several ways. Despite the fact that TV, the internet, and other news access were the top sources causing fear, the survey also uncovered that 90% of parents with children under 18 are aware of the digital content their children are consuming.  This guide can help parents manage these difficult conversations with a series of questions and resources included. You can view it here:

https://www.safety.com/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-the-news-and-protect-their-sense-of-safety/

If you are a gardener, you have probably been battling weeds as I have in my landscape. You may enjoy reading about preparing your garden for spring here: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1504/Digging-Deep-with-Goddess-Gardener-Cynthia-Brian-Weeds-weeds-and-more-weeds.html

Finally, Be the Star You Are!® is extremely proud of our teen volunteer and Express Yourself! radio host, Diya Hituvalli, who developed a FREE app, KeepMeSafe, to keep women safe and has been recognized with awards both internationally and nationally. You can read more about her below and listen to the radio interview where she talks about her journey, motivation, and challenges in creating this app. https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/130853/meditations-for-the-soul-and-keepmesafe-app

April is Global Volunteer Month. We invite you to get involved with Be the Star You Are!® or other charities that you believe in. Make sure to continue making donations, no matter how small, as charities can not function without the monetary contributions of those who are able to give.  DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Mother’s Day is around the corner so make a donation in honor of the great women who do so much for so many.

Wishing you a healthy, happy springtime. Thank you for being part of our Be the Star You Are!® galaxy.

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org

https://www.BetheStarYouAre.org

http://www.BTSYA.org

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

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CONGRATULATIONS to BE THE STAR YOU ARE! NAMED a 2021 TOP NONPROFIT

2021-top-rated-awards-badge-Thanks to our volunteers, supporters, donors, and community Be the Star You Are!® is one of the first charities of 2021 to be named a TOP NON PROFIT. Congratulations to all,. Read reviews and witness what people are saying about BTSYA!  https://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc

Be the Star You Are!® has also earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar/Candid: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882

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TEEN DIYA HITUVALLI CREATES APP, KEEPMESAFE

diya hituvalli 2021Be the Star You Are!® salutes our teen volunteer and Express Yourself!® radio reporter and host, Diya Hituvalli for developing an award-winning app. KeepMeSafe is a women’s safety app that aims to prevent sexual assault through voice recognition and location tracking. With KeepMeSafe, users can trigger a voice-activated  alarm to scare off attackers, send an emergency text to 911 with their location when they say the key word “Help”, anonymously report sexual assault to RAINN), America’s national sexual assault hotline, and browse resources to learn safety tips, self defense techniques, and more. It has received recognition as the Congressional App Challenge winner for District 19, a Technovation U.S. Semifinalist, and has been featured on ABC as well as several other stations nationally! Check it out on the App Store for free! www.keepmesafecorp.org

Instagram: @keepmesafeapp

The ABC7 Bay Area article and video:

https://abc7.com/10502915/

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UNEXPECTED JOY-A SWAN STORY

swans - lt photoAn unexpected surprise came our way early Saturday morning when a pair of trumpeter swans appeared on the little lake behind our home.  For more than thirty years, we’ve watched geese, ducks, and colorful birds appear out our window.  Swans we saw in books.

Before long, neighbors appeared lakeside, and wide-eyed children couldn’t comprehend what they were witnessing. Photos aimed at capturing this phenomenon could not totally grasp the feelings of this incredible happening. For almost an hour, we watched these amazing creatures glide across the water and eventually take flight.

In doing a bit of research, we discovered this pair probably mated for life. In the 1930s, fewer than 100 trumpeter swans remained south of Canada. More recent efforts have focused on reintroducing the species to areas thought to be part of the former breeding range which includes Minnesota.  In 2015, an estimated 17,000 trumpeter swans were spotted during the nesting season. In November and December, most swans that nest in the USA, go south to spend winters in milder climates,

These majestic birds, which fly at speeds of 50-60 mph, stretch to six feet in length and weigh more than 25 pounds. Pairs are formed when they reach about three years old.  Their young can swim when less than one day old but are not capable of flight for 3-4 months.  The oldest known trumpeter swan is said to be a female who lived to be 32 years old in Wisconsin.

Why did this elegant pair come to visit us and where did they go?  That’s part of life’s mystery in never knowing what joys tomorrow might bring.

Karen Kitchel who penned two chapters in the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, is the Kindness Coordinator volunteer with BTSYA. She serves meals to the homeless and is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach, and mentor. (Photo by Larry Teckenbrock) www.scatteringkindness.com


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SHOPPING?

We have suggestions for you to shop, save, and stay safe. Please use these web sites for all of your shopping essentials.

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

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

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3. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash at 3500+ popular online stores :https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

4. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA

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5. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” black tanks and books at StarStyle® Store: http://www.starstylestore.net/

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6. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle. http://ow.ly/cYs130iN6n4


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EDU_TAINMENT WITH BE THE STAR YOU ARE! RADIO

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LIVE on Wednesdays from 4-5pm PT, be entertained, informed, amused, and educated on StarStyle-Be the Star You Are!. Then be inspired and motivated on

Sundays from 3-4pm PT, it’s Express Yourself! Teen Radio with our Be the Star You Are! star teen hosts and reporters.
 
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You’ll meet authors, actors, artists, activists, musicians, poets, scientists, educators, and other creatives. Enjoy our upbeat, authentic, and fun radio parties on the Voice America Network Empowerment Channel or wherever you like to listen. 
Visit https://www.StarStyleRadio.com for our line-up of guests.
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Hygiene Education For Kids Back To School Sharon Kleyne Talk Radio

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Hygiene Education For Kids Back To School Sharon Kleyne Talk Radio

Pandemic Hygiene Education Gets Children Back to School Says Talk Radio Host Sharon Kleyne. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® Trade Secret pH-Balanced Water Sponsors Power of Water® Water Life Science® Sharon Kleyne VoiceAmerica.

The pandemic continues to rage across the U.S., yet Sharon Kleyne, host of the globally syndicated The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, FDA approved naturally pH balanced water technology for acid mantle protection, on VoiceAmerica World Talk Radio & Apple iTunes, a program that welcomes international scholars, researchers, physicians and teachers, is on a mission to get kids safely back to school.

“We must reopen the schools!” says Global Health Olympics™ lifestyle founder Kleyne. “Children are overeating stuck at home. They’re depressed and anxious. They miss playing with their friends and interacting in person with teachers and other people. Kids need to get back to being outdoors playing at recess, playing sports, while older kids need to be practicing their social skills in various school activities such as student council, music, sports, debate, pep clubs, student committees, dances and assemblies with exciting, well known and inspiring guest speakers. None of this can be duplicated at home.

“Because they are stuck at home,” Kleyne continues, “parents must deal with added stress, and incidents of alcoholism, drug use and physical abuse have skyrocketed. Getting kids back to school will free up many parents to get back to work so they can put food on their kitchen tables. But,” Kleyne reminds us, “we must prepare children by teaching them the proper hygiene habits they will have to follow from now on.”

These habits include washing the hands several times a day, learning to avoid touching the face (no eye scratching or nose picking!) and washing the face day and night with a washrag. It is important to teach kids that their complexions must be cleansed of harmful toxins.

Kleyne wants children to learn that they must wear their masks with pride because to do so protects others from possibly catching the virus, which is usually transmitted through the air we breathe. Wearing the mask is non-negotiable if we want to get on top of COVID-19. “Children must also learn how to clean their masks, or discard them regularly. Why? Because one’s spit accumulates in the mask and that spit can be contagious. Cloth masks must be washed with disinfectant. Kids must learn how to do this and why they’re doing it.

Kleyne also teaches children to drink lots of water every day. “Water is the source of life,” says internationally respected water and water evaporation researcher Kleyne. “Without water, there would be no life on this planet. The moment we are born,” Kleyne reveals, “we begin a process of evaporation that continues to the end of life. We need to teach children that they must drink at least 8-10 glasses of pure water every day to maintain their immunity strength protection.”

In this way, we’ll succeed in safely opening the schools and getting our children out of quarantine.

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Interested in immunity strength protection for the organ of the eyes, listen to these programs. They feature wisdom, knowledge, new technology and health tips for better living every week on the internationally syndicated The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, naturally pH balanced water technology for acid mantle protection on VoiceAmerica World Talk Radio & Apple iTunes with Program Director Rose Hong of Global Dragon TV with Sharon Kleyne.

LISTEN to the internationally syndicated The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, FDA approved, naturally pH balanced water technology for acid mantle protection, on VoiceAmerica World Talk Radio & Apple iTunes. This program features UCLA’s Dr. David T. W. Wong, DMD, DMSC

Follow this link: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126500/encore-saliva-diagnostics

Some recent Sharon Kleyne talk radio programs feature:

Dr. Jill Maron https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126368/the-power-of-neonatal-saliva

Dr. David T.W. Wong, DMD, DMSC https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125933/saliva-diagnostics

Nancy Yonally Coleman & James Derick https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125837/be-safe-strategies-for-you-and-your-families-to-go-back-to-school-and-work-safely-during-covid

If you would like to watch a brief, entertaining educational film that demonstrates the application of the new Dry Eye Solution® technology Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, sponsor of Sharon Kleyne’s talk radio program, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0gOr8TB45U

Truth Bomb Mom

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In honor of Mother’s Day, we are thrilled to bring on Kristina Kuzmic as our Special guest to discuss keeping our sanity while navigating the years of parenthood.

Kristina is energetic, funny, and obsessed with creativity, Kristina has an in-your-face perspective on issues of parenting and life in general.

She has become an internet sensation with her “mom-centric” videos about raising children and juggling all of life’s challenges. With over 600 million views across media outlets and websites worldwide, and over 2 million Facebook followers.

Kristina has quickly made a name for herself as a creative, yet unpretentious parent, as well as a world-renowned motivational speaker/comedian. In 2011, Kristina was chosen from over 15,000 applicants and crowned the winner of Mark Burnett’s reality TV competition: “Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.” Kristina’s first reality show titled “The Ambush Cook,” aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Kristina’s blog posts have been published on various websites, including Oprah.com and The Huffington Post.

Do you have a question for Kristina? Please submit them up until Monday the 14th at 1:00 MST to empoweredwithdesandjen@gmail.com OR call in live at 2:00 MST for a chance to ask her directly!!

The Gift of Friendship

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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.

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What is friendship and how do we create life long relationships? Hosts Caiseen Kelly and Brigitte Jia discuss the meaning of real friendship. The Gift of Friends by Erica Miner from the book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens is read with tips on how to be a friend. The ladies then interview author, Erin Bow with her newest YA science fiction novel, The Scorpion Rules, that reveals how friends help one another survive. In Art Attack, Brigitte shares information on how movements in art were begun because of the friendship between friends, including Impressionism and Cubism.

“Choose your friends wisely. Then be there for each other. That is a gift that has no price: the gift of a lifetime.”
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Erin Bow gave up a promising career as a particle physicist to write books.  She has five of them — two books of poetry, two novels for teenagers, and a memoir, plus the brand new YA science fiction novel THE SCORPION RULES, out September 22nd.  Erin lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband James, who is also a novelist.  They have two small daughters, both of whom want to be scientists.  www.erinbow.com

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Raising CEO Kids

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How do young people launch a business or a non-profit? Entrepreneurial hosts Henna Hundal and Asya Gonzalez discuss their personal journeys into the business world and give credit to their guides and mentors behind the scenes. Asya’s mom and dad, Tamie and Julian Gonzalez join the ladies, providing a parents perspective on how to support and enrich a child who wants to launch a business in childhood. Margaux Froley, author of Hero Complex and Escape Theory, works in Hollywood with TV networks including TLC, MTV, HGTV, and CW, CMT, and the Travel Channel. Margaux encourages young people to not fear going after their dreams. Become the CEO of your own life. It’s never too early! Listen at Voice America Kids Radio and for photos, descriptions and links listen here. Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES

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Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits.  Read more at Press Pass.

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. Thanks for supporting teens! 

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today.  Buy books and shirts here. 

 

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Third Anniversary and Thanksgiving Celebration

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Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity presents: Express Yourself Teens With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

On behalf of the entire Express Yourself!™ radio team, we are grateful to be celebrating our third-year anniversary of weekly broadcasts! It’s been a humbling, awe-inspiring, transformational journey filled with teen reporters from across the United States, guests from around the world, and a production team dedicated to making a difference in the world.

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It is also the season of Thanksgiving as Hosts Henna Hundal and Caiseen Kelly talk with Social Responsibility Reporter, Asya Gonzalez about gratitude. The first Express Yourself!™ teen host and show administrator, Steven Zhou, returns to reminisce about the impact being part of this positive radio program has had on his college life, and our hosts interview the star of Amazon’s new series, “Gortimer Gibbon’s life on Normal Street”, Sloane Morgan Siegel. He is best known for his recurring role in CBS’ “Partners” and his appearance on Nickelodeon’s “Wendell and Vinnie.”His film credits include “Hate Crime” and the short “Between the Forest and the Field.” 

Tune in for an uplifting hour of Thanksgiving, entertainment, and Anniversary Celebration. For what are you grateful?

Listen at Voice America Kids Radio and for photos, descriptions and links.

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SPECIAL BOOK SALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Buy Be the Star You Are!®, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, or The Business of Show Business for the ULTRA DISCOUNT (55% off) PRICE  of $9.99 plus shipping through December 31. Buy ONLY at ourSTORE and ask for personalized inscriptions.

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits.

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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 caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences.  Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. Buy books and shirts.

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Halloween Spooktacular

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The season of screams and scares is officially here! Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to embrace your inner ghoul. For a skelton’s spooktacular holiday inspiration, Express Yourself!™ gets you into the spirit of Halloween faster than you can say BOO! We celebrate Halloween traditions from around the world with hosts Henna Hundal and Katelyn Darrow as they pepper our trick or treat show with tips on how to enjoy haunted attractions, create gory decorations, carve peculiar pumpkins, cook monster mash, and don unique costumes. Rising star on Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger”, hilarious and fun loving Sean Ryan Fox, talks about his love of superheroes, superpowers, and his similarities to his crazy character, Jasper. Debuting reporter of Hope Heals, Zahra Hasanain, delves into the history of Halloween while offering the best places and ways to trick or treat. As the chairperson of Be the Star You Are!®’s Trick or Treat for Literacy Campaign, Zahra as well as hosts Henna and Katelyn encourage donations to http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm to give books instead of candy. No matter what your age, as the skies darken and jack-o-lanterns glow, get your goosebumps on for a walking dead scary Halloween!

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Catch “Henry Danger” Saturdays at 8pm on Nickelodeon, Official Henry Danger Website

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Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits.

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. Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. Buy books and shirts. 

Trick or Treat for Literacy: 

Give to Trick or Treat for Literacy. Instead of collecting candy, collect donations to give a child a book treat. 

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