In Lieu of COVID-19 concerns all future in-person events are postponed or cancelled until a later date. However, Strength Behind Stars will be teaming up with their partner, CHYP, to provide a creative and informative platform/forum for youth during this pandemic.

Past Events


February 28, 2019. Book reading/Q&A/book signing for Adams Elementary School at Chaucer’s Book Store in Santa Barbara.

June 9, 2019. OC pop concert. Alyssa speaking about her advocacy for anti bullying measures at the Margaret A. Webb Theater in Santa Ana.

June 19th, 2019. Andersen Elementary School In Newport Beach. Alyssa spoke to a group of kindergartners and first graders about her book and bullying.

November 9, 2019. Alyssa attends and supports Ability Awareness event in Laguna Beach as one of their youth members honoring and paying tribute to youth who have taken their lives due to bullying.

November 24, 2019. Kindness Act: Alyssa and her sister help pack Thanksgiving boxes of food and bibles for the homeless at Bel Air Presbyterian Church

November 25,2019. Kindness Act: Strength Behind Stars student youth board makes Christmas Cookies to deserving school administration and teachers from different schools.
Some of our student Youth Board from left to right: Ava Meier, Olivia Antoci, Alyssa Antoci, Lauren Myers, Maren Meier, and Samantha Sternberg.

November 27, 2019, Alyssa and her sister Olivia wrap boxes to be delivered to all of the Erewhon Grocery Markets to collects toys for The Midnight Mission for the holidays.

January 2020: Alyssa was interviewed by Palisadian post about her mission against bullying.

Alyssa was interviewed about her book and the musical adaptation of her book by

January 9,2020 Newport Beach: Event was cancelled and rescheduled date not known yet due to Covid 19.

March 2, 2020, Santa Monica: Alyssa speaks to an after school program about her book, kindness and bullying.

Santa Monica January 15,2020:Alyssa reads her book, The Purple Marble, and then has a discussion and Q&A with the kids about kindness and bullying.

February 12, 2020 Santa Monica: Alyssa read her book, The Purple Marble, and led a discussion and Q&A after.

March 10, 2020 : Alyssa was interviewed by Spectrum News for “In Focus” who was doing a segment on bullying.

March 16, 2020 Event Cancelled due to school closure for Covid 19 and will be rescheduled. Alyssa was going to speak to 600 kids in 3 separate assemblies based on age groups about her book and bullying.

March 2020. Strength Behind Stars held an online fundraiser to raise money for United Friends of the children to help with the immediate need during the Covid 19 pandemic for food and necessities for foster youth. Originally we scheduled a cooking demonstration to raise funds for prom dresses for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. However, because of school closures and more immediate needs, we chose to donate the proceeds to United Friends of the Children.


Alyssa spoke to a 5th grade class at SYVCA about her book and how to spread kindness in the face of negativity.

January 2018

Alyssa spoke to TK-8th grade and answered questions after PCPA’s performance of The Purple Marble Musical

February 1, 2018

Alyssa read her book to a 5th grade class for Author’s Fair Week and held a Q&A about her book and bullying.

March 2, 2018

Alyssa B Antoci is part of a Q&A about her book after the musical “The Purple Marble” is performed for a Jonata Middle School.
March 9, 2018
Alyssa B Antoci spoke and answered questions to an entire school audience of K-8th grade students about her book after “The Purple Marble Musical” was performed at Christian Academy in Santa Ynez.
March 16, 2018

Alyssa B Antoci read her book The Purple Marble to a classroom of combined 3rd and 4th graders and then held a Q and A afterwards. She also discussed the importance of kindness as well as the impact of bullying.

April 16, 2018

Alyssa got to be in the beautiful outdoors while discussing her book and kindness with a group of 5th and 6th graders.

April 16, 2018

K-5th graders get a lesson in kindness and bullying after having been read Alyssa’s book, The Purple Marble.

Alyssa spoke about her book, The Purple Marble, and the effects of kindness versus unkindness.

April 26,2018

Alyssa spoke to another 2nd grade class at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach about her book and kindness.

May 8, 2018

Adams Elementary School in Santa Maria on May 18,2018. Alyssa spoke to 5th-6th graders about her book and the effects of bullying.

October 17, 2018. Avalon Theater in Hollywood. Alyssa spoke at Musicash Premier Event and her non profit Strength Behind Stars was the benefactor. Alyssa was the honoree speaking about her cause.

Alyssa reads her book to a 4th grade class for their Authors Fair Week and does a Q and A for the students.

March 2, 2018

Olga Reed Elementary School in Los Alamos: Alyssa was invited to speak to a group of kids about her book and kindness. Here is only a few of the kids as the picture was taken after most of the kids had left.

Santa Ynez Valley High School: Alyssa paid her scholarship for her community service youth award to a deserving senior student at Santa Ynez High School.

Chaucer’s Book Store in Santa Barbara June 10th, 2018. Alyssa did a book signing.

Los Olivos Elementary School in Los Olivos Sept 4th, 2018. Alyssa read her book The Purple Marble and talked about bullying and kindness.

Sept 14, 2018 Alyssa spoke to a kindergarten class about kindness and what it means to be a good friend.

The Solvang Rotary : May 15,2018. Alyssa was invited to speak to a Rotary Club meeting at Alisal River Club about her book and mission to create kinder schools.

April 21, 2018. This is a group of some of the junior kindness leaders as well as one of the organizers Wendi Gilbert. Other photo is of the whole group of kindness leaders from all over the world.


Alyssa B Antoci along with 3 other local students were awarded youth student service award for all of their community service and philanthropy by The Santa Barbara Third District, The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and The Santa Ynez Valley News at The Marriott, Buellton.
March 24, 2018

Alyssa B Antoci was invited to speak to a 6th grade class about her book and bullying.

April 16, 2018

February 6, 2018

Q&A and book Signing with author Alyssa Antoci afterward.

6:00 PM

Alyssa spoke in front of 300 kids in their Hall. Q&A and Book Signing with author Alyssa Antoci afterward.

January 30, 2018

10:00 AM


January 2020 YMCA Santa Monica: An after school counselor reading The Purple Marble to kids prior to Alyssa coming in to discuss her book.

Alyssa spoke to kindergarteners and first graders at SYVCA about her book and how to spread kindness in the face of negativity.

January 2018

Oct 2018 Blochman School District. Alyssa spoke to the entire school to two different groups . But we didn’t get a photo of the 6-8th grade kids.

December 14th .Solvang Elementary School. Alyssa spoke to two different classes a 3rd and 4th grade class.


Alyssa introduces one of her mentors Sheri Fink and her author husband Derek to discuss their children’s book and to talk about bullying.
April 2017

I spoke to a 1st grade class about my book and kindness at a school in Santa Ynez.

April 24, 2017

I spoke to a second grade class about my book and kindness at a school in Santa Ynez.

May 1, 2017

Ability Awareness Project, a non-profit, held an event to gather in unity and honor those who have taken their lives due to bullying. I gathered with the younger kids to an area where I read my book and had an opportunity to purchase my book.

October 7, 2017

2:00 pm-5:30 pm

I spoke to a 3rd grade class at Los Olivos Elementary School about kindness and ways to deal with kids that are not being nice.

November 13, 2017

Strength Behind Stars and Chipotle team up to make a difference in schools by putting an end to bullying.

November 16, 2017
5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
205 E Highway 246, Buellton

Oct, 2017.  Strength Behind Stars student youth board members, Olivia Antoci and Demory Frausto creating a kindness campaign to raise money for hurricane victims.

October,13,2017. President Alyssa Antoci and SBS youth student board member, Lauren Myers hand picked and delivered fresh fruit to a senior home in Santa Ynez.

Kindness Concert
Dec. 10, 2017

Alyssa read her book and spoke to over 80 kindergarteners and first graders, as well as had a book signing in Newport Beach, Andersen Elementary School.

December 20, 2017


Discussion and interview for the Middle School by the principal about my book and bullying.

February 24, 2016

Discussion about the writing process and how I wrote and published my own book.

July 26, 2016

I spoke to 45 children attending the summer camp about my book and discuss kindness and how you are never too young or old to accomplish anything including writing a book.

August 9, 2016

I spoke to a 3rd grade class whose teacher has already read my book to her class.

September 26, 2016

Dec,2016 SBS student youth board member, Olivia Antoci and her sister President Alyssa collected over 75 new dresses to be donated for the Santa Ines Christmas Box program for needy families.


First presentation of my published book
Newport Beach, CA

February 3, 2015

Newport Beach, CA
My first book signing at Dehesa Ace Charter School.

April 14, 2015

Held a book signing and spoke to the students at St. Mary’s International Baccalaureate School about bullying.
Aliso Viejo, CA

April 28, 2015

Book signing
Aliso Viejo Library, Ca

May 16, 2015

Book Signing and Discussion
Bella Terra Mall in Huntington Beach

June 5, 2015


Book signing and reading
Pajama night

June 18, 2015