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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Young Marines Name 'National Adult Volunteer of the Year' - Colette Prosser
Friday, May 25, 2018

Colette Prosser names Volunteer of the YearThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, named Colette S. Prosser of Mansfield, Ohio, the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Adult Leaders Conference on May 12 in San Antonio, Texas.  

In addition, the Young Marines National Foundation presented Prosser the inaugural National Security Leadership Award on behalf of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS). Accompanying the award, the Young Marines National Foundation presented Prosser’s unit a $1,500 check

Prosser is the unit commander of the Richland County Young Marines, also in Mansfield. The unit has 34 active youth members and ten registered adult volunteers. Her husband Eric Prosser is the executive officer of the unit.

She personally volunteered an astounding total of 2,538 hours during the past fiscal year; 2,227 of those hours were spent leading the youth members in the community service arena, and 311 hours were spent on unit activities.

Prosser became an adult volunteer in 2009 when she signed up her eight-year-old son. She was so impressed with the program, she offered to become an adult volunteer.

“I wanted - and still want - to make a positive impact on children’s lives by teaching the three core values of the Young Marines: teamwork, leadership and discipline,” Prosser said.

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 2,600 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 National Adult Volunteer of the Year.

“The Richland County Young Marines has a special place in my heart, of course, due to the fact I have been involved for nine years,” she said. “Our unit is my second family and we all feel like one big family, youth members and adult volunteers alike. The best is when a wide-eyed Young Marine tells me that joining the unit is the best thing that ever happened to him or her.”

Outside of her unit, in just the last year, Prosser attended as many events as possible on every level. She was a Leadership School Director of her own Junior Leadership School and assistant director to the Michigan Regiments' Junior Leadership School. Also, she served as adult staff for the National Leadership Academy in Oregon, more specifically for the Senior Leadership School.

“Colette is an inspiration and a true credit to the Young Marines,” 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. Her passion and determination really stand out in all she has done for her unit along with her support to regional and national program events."

"A huge perk is that almost every Young Marine comes back to visit the unit and to visit my husband and me after they are discharged,” Prosser said. “They always thank us and tell us how much of an impact we’ve had on their lives.”

Richland County Young Marines meets in the West Park Shopping Center, 348 Ashland Rd., Mansfield, Ohio. For more information about participating, call Aaron Herring at 567-241-8431.

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.

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