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WE BELIEVE

The Young Marines believes in strengthening our nation by focusing on the future: the boys and girls who will go on to be leaders; change-makers; and, before all else, good citizens. We believe that self-confidence; academic motivation, and a desire to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle are qualities that can be honed and enhanced through programs that highlight community service and honoring the bravery and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. The Young Marines also strengthens the lives of America’s youth by fostering intellectual, moral, and physical development. We give them the tools they need to excel by teaching self-confidence; academic achievement; honoring our veterans; good citizenship; community service; and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

 

What we do

The Young Marines National Foundation aims to bring America’s youth together toward the goal of community service and of individual health and confidence. Ours is a mission of growth: Since our humble beginnings in 1959, the Young Marines has expanded to over 280 units with 9,600 members and 2,500 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, and Japan, with affiliates in a host of other countries.

We help develop our future leaders by initially focusing on character-building and leadership—molding productive citizens through a variety of local training opportunities, weekend courses, community service requirements, and annual specialized schools and camps.

Closing The Gate On Drugs

Our “Closing the Gate on Drugs” initiative raises awareness of common gateway drugs, (including tobacco, alcohol, inhalants, prescription drugs and marijuana) that are most often encountered by children and young adults in their homes and neighborhoods.

The initiative includes a standardized curriculum that is taught to younger members by senior Young Marines to highlight how healthy, responsible living starts within the community. Also, we’ve created product and information packages that our Young Marines can use to reach out to their peers and deploy the “Closing the Gate on Drugs” program within their communities. Each member of the Young Marines not only learns how to implement this education within their own lives but also completes the program equipped to share their experience and information with other members of their community.

THE MISSION OF THE YOUNG MARINES FOUNDATION

The mission of the Young Marines National Foundation is to financially support the mission, values, and programs of the Young Marines by the solicitation, preservation, and distribution of gifts, grants, and matching funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations committed to the development of boys and girls into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle

 

THE MISSION OF THE YOUNG MARINES

The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Community Service

Honoring veterans demonstrates for Young Marines the value of personal sacrifice and shared responsibility. Each year, Young Marines from across the country travel to Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, and the home of the Navajo Code Talkers at Window Rock, Arizona, to honor surviving veterans and their families for their historic and dedicated service to the United States.

On top of that, every November, all Young Marines units participate in Young Marines Veterans Appreciation Week, a campaign that challenges our Young Marines to dedicate time to show our country’s appreciation for and to help our nation’s veterans in their local communities. Projects might include sending thank you cards to hospitalized veterans, cleaning up a disabled veteran’s yard, visiting veterans in the hospital, or simply setting up a community function to socialize with local veterans. Each unit can design their own project to best serve their local community, reaching out to thousands of veterans during the one-week tribute.

 

Young Marines Training

All Young Marines recruits undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings. These orientation meetings focus on history, customs and courtesies, close-order drill, physical fitness, and military-rank structure.

After graduating from Young Marines Recruit Training, the recruits can learn additional skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marines uniform, and work toward ribbon awards. Ribbons signify achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid, and drug-resistance education—badges of honor to show their communities the progress they’re making!

 

SPACES Summer Programs

The Summer Program of Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES) provides junior and advanced Young Marines with the opportunity to attend leadership schools and programs.

CLOSING THE GATE ON DRUGS

Our “Closing the Gate on Drugs” initiative focuses on raising awareness of common gateway drugs (tobacco, alcohol, inhalants, prescription drugs, and marijuana) that are most often encountered and easily accessed by children and young adults in their homes and neighborhoods.

The initiative includes a standardized curriculum that is taught to younger members by senior Young Marines. Also, we’ve created product and information packages available to all, and encourage our Young Marines to reach out to their peers and deploy “Closing the Gate on Drugs” in their communities.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

We make service the basis of our activities. Each year, Young Marines from across the country travel to Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, and the home of the Navajo Code Talkers at Window Rock, Arizona, to honor surviving veterans and their families.

Every November, all Young Marines units participate in Veterans Appreciation Week to show our appreciation for and to help our nation’s veterans in their local communities. Projects range from sending thank you cards to hospitalized veterans, cleaning up a disabled veteran’s yard, to visiting veterans in the hospital, or simply setting up a community function to socialize with local veterans and hear their stories.

Young Marines Training

Upon joining a local Young Marines unit, recruits undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings. These orientation meetings focus on history, customs and courtesies, close-order drill, physical fitness, and military-rank structure. After graduating from Young Marines Recruit Training, the recruits can learn additional skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marines uniform, and work toward ribbon awards. Ribbons signify achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid, and drug-resistance education.

SPACES SUMMER PROGRAMS

The Summer Program of Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES) Adventures programs are designed with a historical emphasis, and are aimed toward junior Young Marines. Older Young Marines can participate in Challenges in areas like survival skills, wilderness training, and water-based activities. Encampments bring together Young Marines from across the country for a wilderness adventure experience.

Courses are subject to change annually, and can include everything from Marksmanship and SCUBA to historic reenactments and time at the National Flight Academy.

YOUR DONATION MATTERS

When you support the Young Marines National Foundation your contribution helps to continue the work of the Young Marines to strength the lives of America's youth. Your donation allows the Young Marines to continue teaching the importance of self-confidence; academic achievement, responsible citizenship, and living a healthy drug-free lifestyle.

Platinum Seal

Our progress as a nonprofit, our exemplary financial ratio, and the demonstrable results of our mission have earned the Young Marines and the Young Marines National Foundation a Platinum Seal, the highest level of recognition GuideStar awards nonprofits.

 

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Take a closer look at the financial breakdown of the Young Marines, meet key figures from the board of directors, and hear directly from some of the young Americans whose lives and experiences your contribution will postiviely affect.

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HELP US SHAPE THE FUTURE leaders OF OUR COUNTRY

There are many ways to get involved in supporting the mission of the Young Marines. The Young Marines educate and improve the lives of America’s youth through programs and service opportunities that shape them into responsible, healthy, and confident citizens.

The Young Marines accepts and appreciates donations of all sizes, because we understand how to put the value of each dollar to the best use. Click the Donate Now Button to learn more about how to contribute.

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Young Marines National Foundation

P.O. Box 70644, SW Station

Washington, DC 20024-0644

 

PHONE: 301-642-7597

EMail: Mikezeliff@ymfoundation.org

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