David S. Jonas named General Counsel of the Young Marines
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The members of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines announce a new General Counsel – Young Marines board member David S. Jonas, a Partner at FH+H law firm in Tysons, Virginia.
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Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Young Marines announced the 2019 - 2020 National Young Marine of the Year – YM/SgtMaj Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California.
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North San Diego Young Marines named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’
Monday, May 20, 2019
North San Diego Young Marines in Vista, California named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’. The announcement was made May 18, at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Orlando, Florida.
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DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reducti
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Young Marines board member William J. Walker honored as ‘Man of the Year'
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Major General William J. Walker, a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines, was honored as “Leo High School Alumni Association’s Man of the Year” for 2019.
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Young Marines Announces $2.2M in Scholarships at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security for Young Marines Alumni
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Any young adult who was in the Young Marines or a veteran volunteer who has a bachelor’s degree can apply for one of the 40 full-time scholarships being offered from the DMGS.
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Young Marines Proudly Join America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program
Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Young Marines is a member of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, designed to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families for their service, valor, and sacrifice.
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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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Fourteen-Year-Old Hero And Young Marine Honored By The San Diego City Council
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

YM MSgt RighthouseThe City of San Diego proclaimed Tuesday, January 23, 2018, as “Sophia M. Righthouse Day.” YM MSgt Righthouse, 14, personally assisted in the evacuation of a dozen people from a fire in a condominium complex in Racho Peñasquitos.

At 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning, Righthouse and her parents were on their way to a Young Marines’ event when they saw black smoke roiling out of a condominium building.

“I knew it was a structure fire from the FEMA training I received with the Young Marines,” Righthouse said.

She stayed calm and professional while waking up and evacuating residents.

Righthouse is a Master Sergeant in the Miramar Young Marines. She founded the Young Marines’ “Valuing our Veterans” flagpole program, for which she procures funding to purchase and install flagpoles for local military veterans in recognition of their service.

“YM MSgt Righthouse is the personification of all that is good about the Young Marines,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “We believe in the power of young people, and Miss Righthouse has demonstrated leadership, judgment and initiative. We’re very proud of her.”

Leadership is one of the three core values of the Young Marines, and the goal of the organization and every one of its 275 units provides a leadership culture that offers the finest youth training.

A 4.0 student at Westview High School, Righthouse has a long-term goal of being appointed to the Naval Academy or participating in College ROTC and embarking on a military career.

“The Young Marines has impacted how I think and how I act,” Righthouse said. “It has allowed me to believe in myself and learn about the core values of honor, courage, and commitment.”

Besides the Young Marines, Righthouse has volunteered more than 600 hours serving her community as a Cadet Seaman in the Naval JROTC unit at Westview High School and is a Senior Girl Scout with Troop 8716. Righthouse has earned the prestigious Girl Scouts USA Bronze and Silver Awards.

“Sophia Righthouse is an outstanding example of a youth that embodies patriotism, volunteerism, civic responsibility, leadership, and a passion to help others. Individuals like Righthouse, make our community better,” said Councilmember Chris Cate. “We want to vote for her for president one day. She’ll be eligible in 2040.”

Righthouse is the daughter of Sergeant Bret Righthouse and Detective Susan Righthouse, both of the San Diego Police Department.

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 over 275 units with 9,000 youth and 2,760 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

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