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Miracle Moment®

“If, what, but, can’t, impossible are the language of fools.” Source Unkown

Message from Founder, Cynthia Brian

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2015 began with a bang. Literally! My mom was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a local hospital after a virus filled her lungs with fluid. As family members crowded near her bedside, two teens sat in the 3rd floor waiting room when my niece arrived to visit. Moments later the elevator doors opened and two other youth emerged, ran towards the two teens pulling guns while screaming, “you popped our sister, and we’re going to pop you right now!” Either bravely or foolishly, my niece, who is six months pregnant, jumped from her chair to shout “Not in my hospital you’re not. Take the fight to the parking lot!” The four gang members jumped into two separate elevators to battle it out in the parking lot. The hospital was put on lock down as police combed the buildings. Unbeknownst to us, in rooms next to my mom, two rival gang members lay in critical condition after shooting one another earlier that day.  

Violence is rampant in our towns as youth feel hopeless and helpless. Without education, family values, and tools for happy, healthy living, many young people resort to finding their identities through gangs.  It’s a sad situation and one that Be the Star You Are!® attempts to address by providing uplifting, life enhancing books to those in need to increase literacy while providing options for skills.  We need your financial help to accomplish our goals to help others help themselves. 2014 was a lackluster year for tax deductible contributions to Be the Star You Are!® and we want 2015 to be a gangbuster (literally!).  To that end, we have named 2015 the year of JUST BECAUSE!  We ask that you get involved, take out your checkbook, and make a tax-deductible donation to stop violence and increase literacy and positive messages, JUST BECAUSE!

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, we are reminded that one person can start a movement.  We can have peace on the planet as long as we have a dream. Dream big…JUST BECAUSE!

Every little bit counts and we are counting on you. Together we can make our communities a safer place.

Send checks to Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3, PO Box 376, Moraga, Ca. 94556. Ask your company to match your donation.





My mom has recovered and is doing well. Thanks for all the support and prayers. 

Make sure to check out Nola Hennessy's website as she strives to bring serenity and peace to our world.

There is no "if, what, but, can’t, impossible" in our BTSYA language

We believe in the invisible to create the improbable.

Help us please! JUST BECAUSE!

Happy 2015!


May you have an extraordinary year…JUST BECAUSE!

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

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PS: BTSYA is in need of an HERO! We are looking for a rent-free space in Moraga, Ca. to store our cases of books, community event materials, and desk. Please contact me if you have a place that we can access 24/7. We'll make sure it's a win win. Be our HERO!!!

Spotlight on Author, Nola Hennessy


Nola Hennessy leads Serenidad Consulting®, a global peace organization providing education, peace negotiation and consultancy services. Hennessy is also an international, award-winning author, highly regarded as being at the forefront in promoting peace and tolerance at an international level. The Peace Angel chronicles her journey to overcome crushing career and personal challenges, and provides insight into why she advocates so passionately for change. 

Listen to Nola's Radio Interview focusing on Peace

For details of Nola’s upcoming interviews please visit


Upcoming Events

Andrw Wangs Whole Foods Concert

Director of Concerts, Andrew Wang, is planning a FREE Valentine’s pop up concert with the Be the Star You Are!® orchestra on Sunday, February 8th at the Moraga Farmer’s Market. Details will be available soon at


Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 9th for the 9th Annual Moraga Faire. As we have done every year since inception, Be the Star You Are!® will host a booth with fun for the community. We are seeking a sponsor for our event. Please email, for information on sponsorship benefits.

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In the News

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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.

Ways to Help without Spending Extra

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!

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!
5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE
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We have a huge line up of GREAT GUESTS for 2015!
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.
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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.
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With a donation to Be the Star You Are!®, you may become a guest on our radio programs. Find out how by emailing,.

Get inspired, motivated, amused, and informed. Check us out!


Give Books/T-Shirts to Inspire...Just Because

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Donate to schools, organizations, and those in need. Do it JUST BECAUSE! These are gifts that keep on giving.

Check out our Be the Star You Are!® profile at the Star You Are!®, a 501 c3 charity wants to collaborate with sponsors, benefactors, and donors to make a positive difference in the world.

Happy 2015
Thank you to all of our volunteers for making BTSYA TOP NON PROFIT. Without our dedicated and talented volunteers,BTSYA would not exist. Many volunteer opportunities are available for all ages. CHECK IT OUT and get involved in the FUN!
And our thanks  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.

Help us counteract violence and increase life skills. To make a tax donation, go to


Let's SOAR To the STARS Together in 2015! 


Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3
PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556

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