Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Friday, February 2, 2018
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year. Each honoree is awarded a cash scholarship and will travel throughout the division to other units to lead, motivate, and serve as
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Fourteen-Year-Old Hero And Young Marine Honored By The San Diego City Council
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
City of San Diego declares “Sophia M. Righthouse Day” to honor heroic Young Marines member YM MSgt. Righthouse from Miramar Young Marines.
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Hanover Area Young Marine featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Photos for 2017’
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
YM MgySgt Garett Brauning from Hanover Area Young Marines is featured in Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Photos for 2017
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Young Marines Participate in 76th Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
One hundred fifty youth members of the Young Marines traveled to Hawaii to participate in the Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance.
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Jeremy Jones Named Director of Operations for the Young Marines
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Young Marines hired Jeremy Jones as its new director of operations. Jones is responsible for assisting Bill Davis and all deputy directors with implementation, review and monitoring key planning documents.
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Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships by the American Veterans Center
Monday, October 9, 2017
Young Marines SSgt LaFrance Daniels III and Young Marines GySgt Shamila Forbes were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Miami Valley Young Marines Wins Fulcrum Shield From Department of Defense for Anti-Drug Education
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Department of Defense selected the Miami Valley Young Marines from Huber Heights, Ohio, as this year’s winner of the Fulcrum Shield. The award recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made intensive efforts at
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Young Marines travel to Arizona for Navajo Code Talkers Day
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
More than 120 Young Marines traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as communication specialists and developed an unbr
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YM SgtMaj Saucedo Selected as Honor Graduate at National Leadership Academy
Monday, July 24, 2017
YM SgtMaj Anna Saucedo was selected as the Honor Graduate of the Advanced Leadership School. She also received the Iron Molly award for the highest score on the physical fitness test, and won the Inspire Award which is a peer-voted award presented by
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Unrivaled Cheerleaders: Young Marines at the Warrior Games
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The most enthusiastic and loudest cheerleaders were registered adults and youth members of the Young Marines from the Chicago’s Own and Fox Valley units as they supported wounded Marine athletes.
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Young Marines’ Robert Borka Named Chief Operating Officer of the Marine Corps League
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Robert Borka, former director of operations of the Young Marines, is embarking on a new position as the chief operating officer of the Marine Corps League.
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Young Marines Announces Partnership with Scholastic Action Shooting Program
Monday, June 26, 2017
The Young Marines has formed a partnership with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program to help promote competitive pistol shooting within the organization.
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Marie Smith named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Marie Smith was named the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference. Smith is the Adjutant of the North San Diego Young Marines.
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Sheryl Murray Named to the Board of Directors of the Young Marines
Monday, May 22, 2017
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines welcome a new board member - Sheryl Murray, who brings executive level leadership and management experience gained during her more than 40 years of service to Corps and country.
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Ribbon Cutting at New Headquarters of the Young Marines
Friday, May 19, 2017
Ribbon cutting and open house for the new headquarters of the Young Marines in Dumfries, VA. The ribbon was cut by William L. Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines; William P. Davis, national executive director and CEO of the
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East Valley Young Marines named 'National Unit of the Year'
Monday, May 15, 2017
East Valley Young Marines has been named Young Marines "National Unit of the Year". Teh unit also received the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Division Award from the DEA and the Fulcrum Shield Award from the United States Department of Defense.
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YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Young Marines announced the 2017 - ‘18 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco, of Colorado Springs. As National Young Marine of the Year, Orozco will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines and will b
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The DEA Presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to Six Young Marines Units
Thursday, May 4, 2017
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.
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YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Orozco at the Young Marines Adult Leaders ConferenceThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the 2017 - ‘18 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a member of the Pikes Peak Young Marines under the command of Kevin Coward. Orozco is a junior at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs.

The Young Marines is a national non-profit youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school.

As National Young Marine of the Year, Orozco will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines and will be a mentor to the 9,200 youth members of the organization.

Orozco represented Division 4, competing with five other Division Young Marines of the Year for the title of National Young Marine of the Year which was announced at the Adult Leaders’ Conference for Young Marines on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"My reaction was one of flooding joy,” Orozco said. “Knowingly or unknowingly, I have been moving towards such a momentous occasion since I was eight years old. It was the culmination of most of my life, and in that moment, all I could do was release a strangled breath.”

"It is a huge accomplishment to be named National Young Marine of the Year, and YM SgtMaj Orozco will be a fine ambassador and spokesperson for the next year, said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “He has proven himself a dedicated leader.”

Orozco’s mother, Jeannie Orozco, a registered adult with the program, was present at the awards ceremony along with other family members.

“My family was overwhelmingly excited,” he said. “Almost all of them were crying, smiling and cheering. Not only have they watched me work hard, they have invested their own blood, sweat and tears. Any accomplishment I have is theirs as well because of the integral part they have played in supporting me my entire life.”

Orozco joined the Young Marines at age eight and currently, he is in his ninth year in the program. He credits the Young Marines for developing his morals and work ethic. He says the organization has helped him be the best he can be. But most of all, he values the friends he has made.

“My goals for my term as National Young Marine of the Year are to not only do the job well but to have a tangible impact on the organization,” he said. “I want to increase our presence on social media, increase community involvement and create videos to help our Young Marines in their training and development. Personally, I want to be as vocal and present as I can throughout the nation as the spokesperson and representative of this outstanding organization.”

Outside of the Young Marines, Orozco has been involved in football, baseball and wrestling. For five years, he was a volunteer at his local community center. He was named a public health champion by the El Paso County Health Department for the information he and others collected on predatory advertising by tobacco companies.

Orozco plans to attend college. He wants to serve his community, be a public speaker, writer and politician to help better the lives of as many people as he can.

“We win when we come together and cooperate,” he said. “If we value each other's differences and imagine each other’s complexities, this world would be a much better place. We must approach things with understanding and compassion in attempt to create friends, not enemies.”

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 275 units with 9,200 youth and 2,760 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.

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