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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Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina, is the 2018 National Unit of the Year
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the “2018 National Unit of the Year” – Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina, under the command of SgtMaj James Roberts, Jr., (USMC Ret.), of Simpsonville, South Carolina. The announcement was made May 12, at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

The Young Marines is a national youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and it promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

“The Upstate unit has demonstrated the stellar qualities needed to be named the 2018 National Unit of the Year," said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. "This unit embodies all that best represents our program - from community service to Red Ribbon Week; from veterans’ appreciation to living and promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. We are very proud of the entire team at Upstate. They are having an amazing impact on their community.”

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers. Annually, one unit is selected from each division. From these six winners, one is named the official “National Unit of the Year.”

“Our unit serves our surrounding communities by staying actively involved as volunteers through many events and activities,” Commander Roberts said. “In addition, we support many a worthy cause such as reaching out to kids with our strong support of a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.”

Upstate Young Marines helped the Greenville Literacy Association raise funds through its book sale drive. The youth members help customers load and unload purchased books, making the experience easier especially for the elderly and mothers.

The members presented the Color Guard for the Greenville Annual Textile Heritage Festival. For more than ten years, the unit has supported Toys for Tots, projects to feed the homeless, and school activities such as the Fall Festival, Veteran’s Day school singing, and school Wellness Day.

“The members love to take advantage of opportunities at school celebrations and events to represent our program and spread the word about our goals,” Commander Roberts said.

Encouraging a healthy drug-free lifestyle is a vital focal point of the unit. During the past year, the Upstate Young Marines gave 20 anti-drug presentations to schools and various youth organizations, obtained 15 Red Ribbon Week proclamations, along with resolutions from Senator Rex Rice and Representative David Hiott. In addition, they hosted a 5K Dash in honor of Red Ribbon Week awareness.

Another important focus of the Upstate Young Marines is to support America’s heroes overseas and to honor veterans. The unit members help with the Blue Star Mothers’ project, and they take part in events such as the South Carolina Veterans Upstate Salute, Honor Flights, the Fellow Countrymen Homeless Veterans Project, and various Veteran’s Day programs.

“It gives me great joy to see the members succeed in reaching challenging goals,” Commander Roberts said. “I enjoy helping to shape our youth to become strong leaders who uphold the values instilled in them through the Young Marines program.”

The Upstate Young Marines has 58 active Young Marines and 18 adult volunteers. The unit meets at the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center, 669 Perimeter Rd., Greenville, South Carolina. For more information visit:

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 270 units with 9,000 youth and 2,600 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at:


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