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Congratulations to Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio Celebrating 5 Years of Broadcasting

5 years of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio

On November 22, Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio broadcasts its 242nd original program as it celebrates five years on the Voice America Kids Network. (

What began in 2011 with two hosts and four reporters has blossomed into more than thirty-four young adults hosting and reporting from all around the United States on topics that resonate with millennials throughout the globe. This is a show for teens, by teens, and with teens created and produced by veteran radio host and producer, Cynthia Brian whose radio broadcast has been airing live weekly since 1998. (

Hosts interview authors, athletes, dancers, artists, scientists, astrologers, actors, Olympians, and other celebrities as well as outstanding teens making a difference from around the world. Express Yourself!™ is an outreach project of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity ( to give youth a voice. In 2017 Be the Star You Are!® is proud to celebrate it’s 18th anniversary of being a 501 c3 non profit consistently honored as a Top Non Profit by Guidestar and Great Non Profits.

Here’s what a few of the hosts and reporters say about their experience on Express Yourself!™

“This experience with BTSYA, Starstyle®, Voice America, 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. Thank you Be the Star You Are!®" Asya Gonzalez, Host/Reporter

“Working on Express Yourself! has honed my skills as a journalist to effectively report on a vast variety of topics. I have learned to think-on-the-go and to roll with the punches. Between technology issues or last-minute guest cancellations, this radio experience has really taught me that, no matter what, I can shine!” Henna Hundal, Host/Reporter

"Since I was a child I was interested in media and communications. Cynthia Brian gave me the chance to really experience what radio and writing for a local newspaper was like. I never thought I'd be able to host an internationally recognized teen radio program. My love for radio and journalism has solidified because of Cynthia Brian and Be the Star You Are!. I am forever thankful for the opportunities and doors Cynthia has opened for me." Youngjoo Ahn, Teen Writer/Radio Host & Reporter

“ As a radio host, I never dreamt of one week talking politics with a numerologist, the next week being fascinated by the day-to-day routine of a child star, and weeks after talking to a four-time National Slam Poetry Champion, but through Express Yourself Teen Radio on the Voice America Kids Network, I gained these sorts of unusual yet eye-opening experiences. If any community is only as great as the people it consists of, then Be the Star You Are!® is truly special.” Zahra Hasanian Teen Host/Reporter

“I always wanted to be a radio host, not just a reporter for Express Yourself!™ Unlike a repeater with a set script, a host can create new discussion topics or lead the conversation in different areas with reporters and guests. Along with this, a host must keep the show going and bounce off new ideas when the conversation is getting dry. I am so grateful for Be the Star You Are!® and all the opportunities it has given me to express my voice and be a leader.” Maria Wong, Teen Host/Report & Book Review Coordinator

Give the teens a listen. Express Yourself!™ is where teens talk and the world listens. Tune in on Tuesdays, Noon Pt/3pmET on the Voice America Kids Network at and see photos, descriptions, blogs, events, and more at

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Listen to the teens talk about 5 years at Voice America Network :

Every Tuesday at NOON PT, the talented teens of Be the Star You Are!® bring you an exciting, informative, mind-boggling program with fresh ideas from youthful minds. Join the fun!

On this 242nd original radio program, the teen hosts and reporters of Express Yourself!™ celebrate FIVE years of weekly broadcasting on the Voice America Kids Network. Hosts Asya Gonzalez and Maria Wong share their early memories of being reporters, the thrill of hosting, and their appreciation for the opportunities experienced on Express Yourself!™. Katelyn Darrow who has been a host and reporter for four of the five years recalls when she began as a high school freshman and what she has learned from interviewing and reporting as the years have passed. Henna Hundal chimes in with her appreciation for the opportunities gained and the one-of-a-kind experiences she has enjoyed while making a difference for others in our world. With his World Watch report, Joven Hundal, speaks of the past year’s accomplishments of outstanding teens all around the world, a refreshing look at how youth are changing the face of the earth for the better.

All of the young adults express their sincerest gratitude to the Voice America Kids Network, Be the Star You Are!®, Cynthia Brian, their radio colleagues, and the listeners around the world for the incredible growth experiences that being part of this stellar team have endowed upon them as individuals. The Express Yourself!™ teens are engaged, educated, entertaining, and most of all inspiring. Congratulations to the STARS of Express Yourself!™ on five years of excellence.

Speak up, Speak out, and Be Heard at Express Yourself! ™ Teen Radio.

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