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Marianas Variety: NMC leads in 'Raise Your Hand' online vote (May 10, 2019)

THE Commonwealth has the most “Raise Your Hand” online votes in a nationwide competition initiated by the 4-H program.

The last day to vote online is on May 15. If CNMI maintains its lead, $20,000 will be awarded to 4-H Marianas.

As of May 9, the 4-H website showed that the CNMI had the “most hands raised” at 52 percent, way ahead of Delaware which was in second place with 8.1 percent. (

Tayna Belyeu-Camacho, program leader for NMC-CREES’ Family, Community and Youth Development Program, said the online initiative encourages communities across the nation to support the overall mission of 4-H, which is to develop the capacity of the youth through different experiential learning opportunities that engage them in leadership roles so they can reach their full potential.

She said if 4-H Marianas would get any of the amount in the initiative, the money will go toward supporting sustainable program development.

Belyeu-Camacho said among 4-H Marianas’s programs for the CNMI youth are Camp Maga’lahi, Riptide, an after-school program focused on environment and culture; and a partnership with 500 Sails to teach the youth basic water safety and how to swim.

“The funds we can raise through ‘Raise Your Hand’ will go towards providing a wide range of opportunities for our kids to help build their confidence, self-esteem and skill-set,” Belyeu-Camacho said.

She is extremely grateful for the “outpouring of community support thus far.”

She added, “For those who have not cast their vote, please support the initiative by visiting or and cast your vote.”

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