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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YM SgtMaj Saucedo Selected as Honor Graduate at National Leadership Academy
Monday, July 24, 2017

YM SgtMaj Anna SaucedoYouth member of the Young Marines, YM SgtMaj Anna Saucedo, 16, was selected as the Honor Graduate of the Young Marines’ National Leadership Academy held in early July at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center in Warrenton, Oregon.

YM SgtMaj Saucedo trained for two weeks to become a better leader alongside more than 250 other Young Marines from across the country. After physical and written tests, obstacle courses, leadership classes and close order drill, she was selected as the top Young Marine at the Advanced Leadership School.

In addition, she earned the Iron Molly award for the highest score on the physical fitness test, a perfect 500. Saucedo won the Iron Molly at all three schools in three consecutive years – Junior Leadership School, Senior Leadership School and Advanced Leadership School.

She also won the Inspire Award which is a peer-voted award presented by the Young Marines Alumni Association at the Advanced Leadership School.

A national youth organization, the Young Marines is a leadership program for boys and girls age eight through high school graduation. The program emphasizes the core values of teamwork, leadership, and discipline. It focuses on American history, physical fitness, public speaking, citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

YM SgtMaj Anna Saucedo wins Inspire AwardYM SgtMaj Saucedo is a member of the Temecula Valley Young Marines under the command of Gary Reed, located in Temecula, California. Saucedo will be a senior at Temecula Valley High School.

A shining star of the program, Saucedo can add the recent honors to her growing list of awards. Named Division Young Marine of the Year last January, she was the Honor Graduate of her recruit class. She completed nine perfect physical fitness tests, earning the personal achievement ribbon.

Her proficiency in American Sign Language earned a communications ribbon, and other ribbons that mean a great deal to Saucedo are for veteran’s appreciation and community service.

Saucedo joined the Young Marines at age 12 and currently, she is in her fifth year in the program.

"I wanted to stay healthy, fit and be outdoors," she said. "I wanted to learn to be part of a team, and I was in search of community involvement. The Young Marines offered everything I was looking for and so much more. The organization has taught me that with discipline and commitment, I can overcome any challenge or obstacle I encounter. And I have experienced camaraderie unlike that of any other program."

After she completes high school, she plans to earn a degree in the mathematics field at a military service academy or a four-year university with an NROTC program. Saucedo aspires to become an officer in the United States Marine Corps or Navy.

"The Young Marines has given me the discipline necessary to set and reach any goals I set," she said. "I am now proud to say I know how to be a leader and more important, how to be a team member. After meeting the Navajo Code Talkers, Pearl Harbor survivors and countless other retired and active service members, I have developed a profound sense of patriotism and gratitude."

Saucedo is the daughter of Angela and Abel Saucedo, who are both supportive of their daughter's choices and involvement. She has three brothers and one sister.

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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