PUBLIC NEWS RELEASES
Marine Corps League Celebrates 80 Years of Service and Support
Friday, August 4, 2017
 
The Young Marines congratulates the Marine Corps League on its 80th year milestone. Several members of the Marine Corps League founded the Young Marines in 1959, and they continue to support the organization across the country.
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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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Unrivaled Cheerleaders: Young Marines at the Warrior Games
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
 
The most enthusiastic and loudest cheerleaders were registered adults and youth members of the Young Marines from the Chicago’s Own and Fox Valley units as they supported wounded Marine athletes.
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Young Marines’ Robert Borka Named Chief Operating Officer of the Marine Corps League
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
 
Robert Borka, former director of operations of the Young Marines, is embarking on a new position as the chief operating officer of the Marine Corps League.
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Young Marines Announces Partnership with Scholastic Action Shooting Program
Monday, June 26, 2017
 
The Young Marines has formed a partnership with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program to help promote competitive pistol shooting within the organization.
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Marie Smith named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Thursday, June 15, 2017
 
Marie Smith was named the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference. Smith is the Adjutant of the North San Diego Young Marines.
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Sheryl Murray Named to the Board of Directors of the Young Marines
Monday, May 22, 2017
 
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines welcome a new board member - Sheryl Murray, who brings executive level leadership and management experience gained during her more than 40 years of service to Corps and country.
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Ribbon Cutting at New Headquarters of the Young Marines
Friday, May 19, 2017
 
Ribbon cutting and open house for the new headquarters of the Young Marines in Dumfries, VA. The ribbon was cut by William L. Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines; William P. Davis, national executive director and CEO of the
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East Valley Young Marines named 'National Unit of the Year'
Monday, May 15, 2017
 
East Valley Young Marines has been named Young Marines "National Unit of the Year". Teh unit also received the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Division Award from the DEA and the Fulcrum Shield Award from the United States Department of Defense.
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YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Thursday, May 11, 2017
 
The Young Marines announced the 2017 - ‘18 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco, of Colorado Springs. As National Young Marine of the Year, Orozco will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines and will b
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The DEA Presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to Six Young Marines Units
Thursday, May 4, 2017
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.
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Young Marines Relocates its Headquarters
Friday, March 10, 2017
 
The headquarters of the Young Marines moved to Dumfries, Virginia, on Friday, March 10. The new location is just minutes from Marine Corps Base Quantico and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
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Young Marines Names Six Winners of Division Young Marine of the Year
Monday, February 27, 2017
 
The Young Marines has named six division winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the Division Young Marine of the Year. The winners will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima in March.
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Young Marines say 'Farewell' to Lt. General Larry Snowden
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
 
Many Young Marines who have participated in the annual Reunion of Honor trip to Guam and Iwo Jima, are remembering Lt. General Lawrence Snowden, USMC (Retired). Gen Snowden, 95, died Saturday, February 18, in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Young Marines Honor Veterans at 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
Thursday, December 8, 2016
 
More than 280 youth members of the Young Marines from 15 states traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 75th anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
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Jimmie Trimble Scholarships Winners
Monday, November 14, 2016
 
Two Young Marines are awarded the Jimmie Trimble Scholarship by the American Veterans Center. Besides a monetary prize, both scholarship winners will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima next spring for the Reunion of Honor.
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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
 
The Young Marines 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.
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Young Marines Golf Tournament a Huge Success
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
 
The Young Marines hosted its annual golf tournament at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at MCB Quantico. A sold out event of 144 golfers joined celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines -'Gunny' R. Lee Ermey.
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Young Marines Receives $50,000 Donation From GLOCK
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
 
Young Marines received a $50,000 donation from GLOCK at the GLOCK Annual Shoot & Gunny Challenge XII in Griffin, GA.
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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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