“You haven’t learned how to live until you’ve learned how to give!” Kirk Douglas Gratitude from Founder, Cynthia Brian. The rains have begun and Northern California is drinking in deeply! How grateful we are for this precipitation as another year of drought could devastate our beautiful state and its farming communities. Thanksgiving is a time to express our appreciation for all of our blessings and challenges. Serving as Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® is a gift from my heart and I thank all of you who have so generously supported our programs and outreach services with your time, your energy, your expertise, and your dollars. In our 16th year as a 501c3, we are celebrating many milestones and thrilled to be honored again as a Top Non Profit. On November 21st, our teen radio show, Express Yourself!™ rejoiced to be broadcasting three years. What began with only five teen reporters has grown to thirty from around the United States. Read about our teens and watch an inspiring video from host, Henna Hundal, as she talks about how being part of Be the Star You Are!®’s radio team has changed her life.


This past week, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce honored Be the Star You Are!® by selecting us as its charity of choice for holiday contributions. We want to say THANK YOU to the Moraga Chamber for choosing Be the Star You Are!® and hope that other businesses, chambers, and organizations will also consider choosing BTSYA as our goal is to grow leaders. We are so thankful to be able to use these fundsnot only to continue our two wonderful radio programs, but to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate with our gift of new books. We have been busy packing boxes to donate to Spark of Love, Los Angeles Fire Department, Toys for Tots, Moraga Fire Department, Children’s Hospital, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Speaking of new books, for the first time ever, we are discounting three of our signature books to only $9.99 plus $6.00 shipping through December 31 and hope that you’ll purchase several copies for everyone on your holiday list.

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As autumn fades to winter, it’s time to open your wallets for charitable giving. We have lots of ways you can help and we know you want to give and live. December 2 is Giving Tuesday, so please make a tax deductible contribution with funds that will be matched. If you are an on-lilne shopper, check out our shop and give below with Amazon Smile, IGIVE, GoodSearch, EBAY, and our own BTSYA Logo Store. All give a percentage to Be the Star You Are!® with no additional cost to you. Read on for inspiration. From our hearts to yours, may grace and gratitude be part of your Thanksgiving and holidays.

Thank you for sharing and caring. Everyone counts. My virtual door is always open. Happy Thanksgiving,

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EVENT: Letters to Santa

Bring your little ones to 5 A Rent-A-Space on December 13th between 11-1:30 where Be the Star You Are!® volunteers will help with writing letters to Santa. Enjoy a photo with Santa, cookies, cocoa, carols, and buy Xmas cards and books as a donation to the charity. Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio reporter and chanteuse, Jennifer Lee, will entertain with her Christmas singing. 5 A Rent a Space, 455 Moraga Rd. #F, Moraga, 94556 SHOP and GIVE  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 when you click here.

2. Discounted books at Amazon

3. Buy or Sell on EBAY

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! GoodShop App

5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE

6. BTSYA Logo StoreIn 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. Book Reviews Published at The Reading Tub Talk In the News Radio Flyer Tune in every Tuesday at NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network to listen to our talented teens interview awesome guests from around the world. Links, stories, photos and archives. Thirty volunteers have now been trained as hosts and reporters. Live every Wednesday LIVE from 4-5pm on the 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. Links, stories, photos, and archives. With a donation to Be the Star You Are!®  you may become a guest on our radio programs. Find out how by emailing Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org,. Get inspired, motivated, amused, and informed. Check us out! LEND US YOUR EARS!

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Check out our Be the Star You Are!® profile at moja.me/cynthiabrian. Be the Star You Are!®, a 501 c3 charity wants to collaborate with sponsors, benefactors, and donors to make a positive difference in the world. Thank you for your contributions to Be the Star You Are!® a TOP RATED NON PROFIT. We strive hard to enrich the lives of others while helping individuals be the stars they were born to be. We

GROW leaders.

To make a tax donation. Let’s SOAR Tothe STARS Together! HAPPY AUTUMN AND THANKSGIVING!