Drug Demand Reduction

One of the pillars of the Young Marine program is to lead positive, drug free lifestyles...and to educate and encourage others to do the same.  Young Marines units are mandated to teach the Project Alert curriculum, standardized all across the nation.  The Project Alert curriculum focuses on the Gateway Drugs, but also stays current with drugs that affect our youth.  It also gives senior Young Marines the opportunity to become certified instructors and teach their younger Young Marines and peers.

In addition to Project Alert, Young Marines participate year round in community projects and events that focus on reducing and eliminating drug abuse by our youth.  We encourage our adults and parents to stay educated on the drugs that affect our youth and to participate in and support our drug free message.



   Red Ribbon Week


One of the primary nationwide events that Young Marines participate in is Red Ribbon Week.  Red Ribbon Week represents a national anti drug effort and awareness campaign observed annually in October throught the United States.

Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Camarena, a former Marine, worked against traffickers bringing illegal drugs into the United States. In his memory, citizens of his hometown of Calexico, California donned red ribbons in his honor; the red ribbon became a symbol for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs.

 According to the Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Family Partnership, approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events every year.