Teen Readers Making a Difference

The Reading Tub, Inc. is proud of its partnership with Be the Star You Are!® a sister public charity that incorporates literacy as part of its mission to empower youth at risk. Be the Star You Are!® works to raise their skill levels and their self-esteem.

In March 2004, Be the Star You Are!® created a Star Teen Book Review Team just for us! The members of the team read books for ages 8 to 12 that we send them. Then we post their reviews on our site (just look for the Be the Star You Are!® logo on the top of profiles!) Over the past (nearly) three years, the Team has read nearly 200 books!

You can imagine how truly proud we were, when we got a note from Cynthia Brian (Director) with this headline: TEEN VOLUNTEER RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP ON SPECIAL NEWS STORY. The outstanding volunteer is Jennifer Tao, Teen Director at BTSYA and the chairperson of the STAR Teen Book Review Team!

During an interview with ABC7News, KGO-TV (San Francisco) Jennifer said that her work with Be the Star You Are!® is responsible for her growth as a person and as a leader while she recalled her shyness when she first started volunteering with the charity as a book reviewer. Meet Jennifer here: Click this link to see the interview.

photo credit: Jennifer with Be the Star You Are!® founder Cynthia Brian. All rights reserved, used with permission.