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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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Hanover Area Young Marine featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Photos for 2017’
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
 
YM MgySgt Garett Brauning from Hanover Area Young Marines is featured in Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Photos for 2017
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Young Marines Participate in 76th Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
 
One hundred fifty youth members of the Young Marines traveled to Hawaii to participate in the Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance.
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Jeremy Jones Named Director of Operations for the Young Marines
Thursday, November 16, 2017
 
The Young Marines hired Jeremy Jones as its new director of operations. Jones is responsible for assisting Bill Davis and all deputy directors with implementation, review and monitoring key planning documents.
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Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships by the American Veterans Center
Monday, October 9, 2017
 
Young Marines SSgt LaFrance Daniels III and Young Marines GySgt Shamila Forbes were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Miami Valley Young Marines Wins Fulcrum Shield From Department of Defense for Anti-Drug Education
Thursday, September 14, 2017
 
The Department of Defense selected the Miami Valley Young Marines from Huber Heights, Ohio, as this year’s winner of the Fulcrum Shield. The award recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made intensive efforts at
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Young Marines travel to Arizona for Navajo Code Talkers Day
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
 
More than 120 Young Marines traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as communication specialists and developed an unbr
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YM SgtMaj Saucedo Selected as Honor Graduate at National Leadership Academy
Monday, July 24, 2017
 
YM SgtMaj Anna Saucedo was selected as the Honor Graduate of the Advanced Leadership School. She also received the Iron Molly award for the highest score on the physical fitness test, and won the Inspire Award which is a peer-voted award presented by
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The Young Marines garners 8th Fulcrum Shield award from U.S. Dept. of Defense for anti-drug education
Thursday, October 13, 2016
 

Young Marines win Fulcrum Sheild AwardThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, garnered its eighth Fulcrum Shield award from the United States Department of Defense. Specifically recognized this year is the East Valley Young Marines of Mesa, Arizona. The award was presented on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at a special ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Army Navy Drive and Fern Street, Arlington, Virginia.

The award is given annually by the Department of Defense and recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made intensive efforts at spreading anti-drug messages in local communities. 

In 2014, the Young Marines unveiled "Closing the Gate on Drugs" on a national scale. It consists of lessons that help young people learn and practice new skills and strategies for resisting the gateway drugs. These "gateway drugs" include tobacco, alcohol, inhalant abuse, marijuana and over the counter/prescription medication.

“Last year the Young Marines as a national organization won the Fulcrum Shield for our innovative ‘Closing the Gate on Drugs’ program,” said Bill Davis, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “This year a local unit won the award for their efforts on the ground which has had an impact on thousands of young people in Arizona.”

The East Valley unit partnered with the Mesa Police department for training. Unit members also developed a partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs from Apache Junction, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale, scheduling monthly meetings to present more than 50 Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) classes throughout the year.

The East Valley Young Marines DDR outreach included more than 43,500 children, teens and adults with face to face contact through presentations and campaigns; and approximately 330,000 indirect contacts. 

"We are extremely proud of East Valley Young Marines for their passionate efforts in educating the local community on the hazards of gateway drugs through ‘Closing the Gate on Drugs’," said Davis. "Their message reached thousands of adults and youth, making a real impact that extends beyond just our members.”

"In a 22-year career in law enforcement, I never arrested anyone for methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine or any other perceived 'more dangerous' drugs that didn't start abusing one of the gateway drugs first,” said Joe Lusignan, the Young Marines' drug demand reduction resource officer. “We focus on the gateway drugs because these are the drugs our school age children are more likely to be exposed to and tempted by."

"This group of Young Marines has worked long and hard, teaching and becoming leaders in the fight against drugs," said Joseph M. Arpaio, Sheriff, Maricopa County. "They have been present in our schools in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Fountain Hills and Queen Creek, teaching their peers and setting a high example for other youth to follow."

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 281 units with 9,600 youth and 2,400 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.

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