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MYPros to host political forums, touts partnership with Million Dollar Scholars, other programs

THE Marianas Young Professionals or MYPros will host political forums to better inform voters about issues affecting the community and give them a chance to learn about the candidates in the upcoming elections, MYPros director Sheila Babauta said.

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday, Babauta discussed her group’s partnership with the Million Dollar Scholars program pioneered by Kagman High School teacher Gerard Van Gils.

MyPros, a non-profit organization, celebrates  Women’s Month with its partner organizations — the CNMI Women’s Association and the Women’s Affairs Office — by hosting the second annual march for Health, Economic, Security, Representation and Safety or HERS.

In addition, Babauta said MYPros  partnered with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate women about birth control options and family planning.

Million Dollar Scholars program founder Gerard Van Gils talks about his partnership with MYPros. Also in photo are MYPros director Sheila Babauta and Rotary Club of Saipan president Tomas Thornburgh. Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoMillion Dollar Scholars program founder Gerard Van Gils talks about his partnership with MYPros. Also in photo are MYPros director Sheila Babauta and Rotary Club of Saipan president Tomas Thornburgh. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

She said with the CNMI Small Business Development Center, MYPros hosted events for members interested in starting a small business in the CNMI.

Last year, Babauta said they hosted “Heroes BBQ” to show their appreciation and support for all  veterans.

MYPros also spearheaded the eighth annual Operation CNMI Homefront Support to send out, with the help of local students, more than 300 care packages to local servicemembers deployed abroad.

 Like any other non-profit organization on island, Babauta said MYPros supports the environment.

“We care passionately about our environment,” she said, adding they conducted a cleanup operation at Forbidden Island in partnership with the Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance and collected 400 pounds of marine debris.

“We don’t just limit this activity to our members. We always invite other members of the community to do good for the island.”

As for the Million Dollar Scholars program, Van Gils said their partnership with MYPros will allow them to expand the program to other schools.

In its first year at Kagman High School, the program helped 23 students go to U.S. colleges.

The Rotary Club of Saipan has donated $6,000 to the Million Dollar Scholars program.

“You helped me by buying plane tickets to help students go to college and for their suitcases, clothes, pillows, among others,” Van Gils said. “You have helped me elevate our students…through higher education. Many individual Rotarians have been my donors for the past years.”

Van Gils said they want to serve other public high schools so they have partnered with MYPros.

All donations  will now go directly to MYPros which will have a separate account solely for the program, he added.

This will allow them to financially support students from other high schools, he said.

“Support us and you cannot find a better partner for community engagement than MYPros and the Million Dollar Scholars.”