National Young Marine of the Year 2018-2019

YM SgtMaj Kayla Colacion,
Tarrant County Young Marines

Hello Young Marines 

I joined the program in 2011 where I was one of 42 in my recruit class at Tarrant County Young Marines. I graduated recruit training as honor graduate and Molly Marine. It was from that moment on I knew I was in the right place and had a future in the program. I was once told “To be a great leader, you have to make mistakes.” I did not understand this and learn from it until I attended Junior Leadership School and made many mistakes. We all learned from this event and after graduating it made us all into a better leader. Never forget Young Marines, “Leaders Never Stop Leading.” 


Outside of the Young Marines program I run Cross Country and am a school athletic trainer at Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth, Texas. I enjoy traveling and meeting new people. Over my seven years in the program my favorite trip I have attended was Guam/ Iwo Jima in the spring of 2018. In my years in the program I have seen many Young Marines grow and develop into great leaders, just as I have.


I look forward to traveling the country and meeting others while I continue to learn and teach my fellow Young Marines. 


Until next time, stay positive, stay motivated, and keep moving forward.
YM/ SgtMaj Kayla Colacion