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Welcoming August with Exciting News!

A Word From Elizabeth Aguilar, Our Public Relations Intern

Hello All! Thank you for viewing our Be the Star You Are! Newsletter and taking the time to make a difference with our organization. My name is Elizabeth Aguilar and I'm a Bonner Scholar at DePauw University and Intern for Be The Star You Are! I'm a junior Biochemistry major with a Computer Science and Spanish double minor. This school year has provided me with a number of great opportunities such as summer research at Stanford University, a semester abroad at the University of Geneva, and a service trip to Nicaragua (January, 2017). While I have been traveling and primarily conducting STEM related work, I have a passion for civic engagement and my experience as an intern for BTSYA has been phenomenal. From these past few months, BTSYA has provided me with the opportunity to network with many inspiring individuals who are passionate about improving the lives of others. Hearing from amazing volunteers has motivated me to help make an even greater difference with BTSYA by creating our current Strikingly blog and newsletters. Thank you all for being a part of my transformative internship thus far and I hope to keep providing you with more exciting and creative content in the future. Have a wonderful August!
 - Liz 
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A 10/10 Fundraiser with Vineyard Vines

Clear your calendars for a fun event on September 17th at the Walnut Creek Vineyard Vines clothing boutique as Be the Star You Are!® charity partners to host a “10/10” event. Customers receive 10% off their purchases all day with 10% of the proceeds benefiting Be the Star You Are!®. A reception will be held from 5-8 pm with refreshments and goody bags. Join us at 1301 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Our job is to spread the word and attract a large crowd to the store that night, yielding our charity as much profit as possible. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend. Chairperson and Event Coordinator, Chelsea Pelchat will be happy to sign for volunteer hours despite the fact that it’s more of a rewarding party than community service. For more information, please visit their website

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Shout out to our fantastic volunteer Chelsea for organizing this great event! Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
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Want to be a star? Hear from our star volunteers!!!

From Lead Host, Asya Gonzalez:

"This experience with BTSYA, Starstyle®, and Express Yourself!™ has given me insight on what it means to have a voice and what you can do with it. I have been able to skyrocket my public speaking skills, giving me the confidence to speak my opinion with passion. I've made so many great friends with this show and I've become a part of a wonderful family. I love hosting and reporting, it has sparked a dream in me to become a host of my very own radio show. I love being able to inspire teens to use their voices as well! Thank you Be the Star You Are!®"


From Newest Reporter, Joven Hundal:

"As the newest member of the Express Yourself! team, I am extremely excited to be working with you all! I've already been watching the program from afar after having been introduced to it by my sister, a reoccurring reporter/host. Largely due to her involvement here, I've watched her transform into someone unabashed to speak her mind and take on the world. From appearing on this program, I am hoping to develop a similar agenda as she did of empowering others all while advocating for personal objectives."


Letter from Former Host, Henna Hundal:
 I can never thank you enough for welcoming my brother to the Express Yourself! team with your characteristic warm and gracious self. He messaged me immediately after the show exclaiming, "That was awesome!" I'm excited to see his radio journey commence and even more excited that it is happening under your mentorship. You're a STELLAR role model if I ever did know one.

The impact of Express Yourself! on my life and work is enduring. This summer, I've been working with the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research on rebooting an HIV educational and intervention model for adolescents. Part of my project involves interviewing key public health stakeholders on the state of HIV/STI rates and attitudes in relation to youth. The ease with which I'm able to recast interviews into conversations is a testament to the power of Express Yourself!. Express Yourself! armed me with confidence and skills and empowered me to find my voice. I'm reminded every day of the transformative impact it's had on my life, and I am eternally grateful.

You're brightening futures for so many kids, you should be very, very proud of your work. So proud! You do so much, juggling your many endeavors, and I hope you find time each day to reflect upon all the good you do. You're blazing wonderful trails. 

I will definitely review my calendar for a Wednesday and coordinate a show with my brother. Coming back on Express Yourself! always feels like coming right back home. :) 

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From Radio Engineer Matt Weider: 

I am the recording engineer for both StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio broadcasts. Working with Cynthia Brian and her team has been an awesome experience. Every Wednesday Cynthia and her star team bless me and all their listeners with useful information to help us through life's great journey. From health with Heather Brittney to gardening, travel, authors, books, and lifestyle strategies; StarStyle's enthusiastic tips, tricks, and upbeat messages encourage and stimulate conversation. The Express Yourself!™ teen hosts and reporters are all so motivated and kind with the aspiration to do good in the world. And I am certain all of these young people are destined to rise to greatness. The entire Be the Star You Are!® team is like a family.  It has been a pleasure to work with and get to know them all. Thank you Star Style® and Express Yourself™Teen Radio for being so inspiring!”


 Received your box of wonderful magazines today.  Thanks so much for ALL you did to make that happen.  I know the homeless will enjoy the opportunity to learn something new or just a few moments of joy! You are the best...Karen Kitchell, volunteer at Minnesota Homeless Shelter

If you are interested in auditioning to be a reporter on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio, please visit,, and send an email to producer, Cynthia Brian, asking for an application at
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Meet Our Phenomenal Star Sponsors!

Shooting Star Sponsors: 

MB Jessee Painting!

MB Jessee Painting is an experienced, trusted local painting company. Offering comprehensive interior and exterior services, decorative finishes, and color mixing expertise, Matt Jessee and his team have delivered beautiful, lasting results to homes and businesses throughout the Bay Area since 1995.

Matt’s BioMatt’s journey as a painter began with a relentless commitment to education, professional development, and delivering a high-quality product that he could be proud of. As his clientele grew, Matt then began to assemble a team that shared his values and painting expertise.


With MB Jessee Painting as an established, growing local company, Matt is now thrilled to be able to give back to the community, encouraging and investing in local charities and organizations.


StarStyle® Productions, LLC:

StarStyle® Productions, llc offers coaching/consultations for acting, media, speaking, writing, and life success. Starstyle® Productions, llc also offers turn-key radio production. Cynthia Brian is available as a lecturer, spokesperson, talent, and free-lance writer.

Star Sponsors: Lamorinda Weekly Newspaper, Brooks Olbrys, Michael Verbrugge Construction Inc.

The Lamorinda Weekly Newspaper with publishers Andy and Wendy Scheck has been a supporter of Be the Star You Are!® throughout the years. It is an independent, locally owned newspaper reaching 65,000 people.


Brooks Olbrys is the author of The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob, a series of fun, inspirational, and beautifully illustrated books for young children. Brooks is a favorite author of Be the Star You Are!®


Michael VerBrugge Construction, Inc. serves the entire East Bay. If you can dream it, MVC can build it! Michael was a coach for many years and believes in helping kids succeed through his support of BTSYA.

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Unlocking Self-Esteem: Karen Kitchel, collegiate and former President of Cheerful Giver’s Non profit&

If you see yourself as competent and valued, we often say you have good self-esteem. Researchers have identified it as a predictor of success and happiness.  But maintaining what you perceive to be a high level of self-esteem can cause you to live in fear of making mistakes. Has anyone ever said to you — “give yourself a break?”  It’s good to realize we all have ups and downs.  Looking at your own mistakes and shortcomings as human can unlock great potential.  Many very successful people admit to having made a boatload of mistakes throughout their lives. Looking at yourself honestly and trying to figure out what needs to be done differently can move your esteem meter in the right direction.

In “Wired For Success” Ray Williams asks “Does Facebook enhance or detract from our self-esteem?”  With more than one billion users now worldwide, Facebook gives us an opportunity to show a positive version of who we are and what we do.  When we see a lot of “likes” on something we posted, how good does that make you feel?

In a study conducted by psychology researcher, Soraya Mhdizadeh at York University, it was discovered that people with lower self-esteem were more likely to spend more than an hour a day on Facebook and were more prone to promote themselves.  In another study done by Alex Jordan at Stanford University, it was determined that Facebook users consistently over-estimated the fun their friends were having and often concluded that everyone else was having more fun than they were.

Childhood experiences that are said to contribute to self-esteem include being listened to, being spoken to respectfully, receiving appropriate attention and affection, and having mistakes or failures acknowledged and accepted.  Kids with low self-esteem may not want to try new things and often see failure as permanent.  Helping kids become good at things and to pursue their interests is key.  We need to emphasize how every child is unique, but feeling special doesn’t mean having to feel better than others.  Something proven to increase self-esteem is to teach kids to work toward a goal.  For a homeless high school student to even dream about going to college just might be enough motivation to make that happen.

Self-talk is important in all we do. While teaching children and young adults to make positive self-statements can help, psychologists have found that negative self-talk is often behind depression and anxiety.  Some examples of useful self-talk are:  It’s ok if we lost the game since we did our best.”  “It makes me feel good to help others, even if the person doesn’t thank me.”

Adolescents often evaluate themselves based on their relationships with peers. No differences have been found between males and females in their development of self-esteem.

People with a healthy level of self-esteem generally:

  • Believe in certain values and are ready to defend them
  • Trust their own judgment
  • Learn from the past and plan for the future

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

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!

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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If you would like to make a direct donation to our giving fund, please visit our Paypal page!

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Don't forget to check out our fundraiser and new blog!

Be The Star You Are! is also happy to announce a new fundraiser campaign that launched earlier this June. The #standforliteracy campaign is an interactive online fundraiser where donors can have the opportunity to share that they too will take a #standforliteracy. The #standforliteracy campaign has been inspired by summer reading programs which usually begin in June. In the spirit of helping continue the fight for literacy outreach, BTSYA is launching a fundraiser to continue providing our listeners with quality positive message media for our two radio shows. Please share this fundraiser and feel free to participate in this great campaign. 

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Be The Star You Are! has launched a fantastic blog page that features the voices of volunteers, celebrities, and guests from our radio shows. Check out our exciting work and latest interviews! 
We also have a Twice Weekly BTSYA where you can also get updates from our Radio Shows!


Drop in and Hear From Us!

2016-top-rated-awards-badge-SMALL 2We love connecting with so many great people on the air and it would be fantastic if you could listen in as well! Please join us on Star-Style Radio and Express Yourself! Teen Radio. Please also visit our calendar to find local events. Care to see what other people are saying about us? See our reviews at Great Non-Profits!

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