Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year.” The winners will vie for the title of “National Young Marine of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference in May.
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Young Marines in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Young Marines participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and led the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.
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Young Marines raises money to ‘Strengthen the Lives of America’s Youth’ at annual golf tournament
Thursday, October 25, 2018
The Young Marines raised $45,000 at its annual golf tournament held September 24, at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
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Two Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships
Monday, October 1, 2018
Young Marines SgtMaj Tyson Henry, of East Valley Young Marines, and Young Marines MGySgt William J. Daniels, Quartz Hill Young Marines were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Young Marines Honor Navajo Code Talkers
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
More than 100 Young Marines from across the country traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I
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YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The Young Marines announced the 2018 - 2019 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria. She is a member of the Col. Wesley Fox Young Marines in Sterling, Virginia.
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Young Marines National Foundation announces National Security Leadership Award
Monday, May 28, 2018
The Young Marines National Foundation presented the inaugural National Security Leadership Award on behalf of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) to Colette S. Prosser of the Richland County Young Marines in Mansfield, Ohio.
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Young Marines Name 'National Adult Volunteer of the Year' - Colette Prosser
Friday, May 25, 2018
The Young Marines named Colette S. Prosser of Mansfield, Ohio, the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year”. Prosser volunteered an astounding 2,538 hours during the past fiscal year.
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Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina, is the 2018 National Unit of the Year
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Young Marines announced the “2018 National Unit of the Year” – Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina. Upstate Young Marines has 58 active Young Marines and 18 adult volunteers.
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The DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Monday, May 21, 2018
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Young Marines announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role mo
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Wilson Lee Named New Deputy Director of Young Marines
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Wilson Lee, Division 6 Commander of the Young Marines, has been hired as the Deputy Director – East / Chief of Staff.
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Young Marines mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, celebrity spokesperson
Monday, April 16, 2018
The Young Marines mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, 74. Ermey was the celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines, lending his name and his strong support to the youth program.
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Ten Young Marines traveled to Iwo Jima for the annual ‘Reunion of Honor’
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Ten youth members of the Young Marines escorted WWII veterans to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor” trip.
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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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Marie Smith named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Marie Smith, 2017 Adult Volunteer of the YearThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, has named Marie Smith the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Adult Leaders Conference on May 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An Oceanside, California, resident, Smith is the Adjutant of the North San Diego Young Marines. The unit has 46 active youth members and 15 registered adult volunteers. It meets at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California.

“When I look around at my peers and all their amazing contributions to the Young Marines, I am humbled to have been selected as the National Adult Volunteer of the Year,” Smith said. “I applaud all adult volunteers who give their time, energy and resources to lead and shape the lives of our youth.”

Smith became an adult volunteer in 2012. However, she has been around the program for more than two decades, because her two older children were Young Marines. Her youngest son joined as soon as he was eligible.

“I love that the Young Marines gives me the opportunity to experience amazing things with my son,” she said. “When most teenagers are pulling away from their parents, we have a commonality, something to share and experience together.”

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers. No military participation – past or present - is required. There are nearly 3,000 active and registered adult volunteers with The Young Marines.

Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each division. From these six winners, one is named the official “National Adult Volunteer of the Year.”

Other division winners are:

  • Division 1 – Joe Couture, Natchaug River Young Marines, Danielson, Connecticut
  • Division 2 – Jerry Kepich, Southern Maryland Young Marines, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
  • Division 3 – Sylvia Barber, South Florida Young Marines, Davie, Florida
  • Division 4 – Amy Mathews, Jefferson Parrish Sheriff’s Office Young Marines, Kenner, Louisiana
  • Division 5 – Tracey Gurley, Hendricks County Young Marines, Pittsboro, Indiana

“Anyone who is looking for an extracurricular activity for their kids won't find a better one than the Young Marines,” Smith said. “The youth members gain the knowledge and the confidence to go into the schools and communities to teach the benefits of drug demand reduction, demonstrate respect for the flag and be productive and proactive members of society.”

“Marie’s passion and determination really stand out in all that she has done for her unit along with her support to regional and national program events." said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. "She is a wonderful mentor and teacher, reflecting all the best traits of our phenomenal Adult Volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year on behalf of our Young Marines.”

"You see these 8 to 18-year-old kids with fears and perceived limitations and watch them transform,” Smith said. “I'm able to share in those accomplishments. They are my kids. We're family. I am so proud of all of them."

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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