Desert Unit Young Marine of the YEar

**** 2018 **** YM/GySgt Keelie McCain

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YM/GySgt McCain joined the Desert Unit on September 25, 2011 at the age of 8. Since she has been with the program she has earned over 1335 community service hours of which 164 hours was earned just this year. She has earned 41 different ribbons and 170 awards during this time. (20 awards this year). The awards earned this year are: Attendance, Community Service (3), Good Conduct, Musician, Organized Unit (1 National), Personal Achievement (Regimental), Physical Fitness, Presidential Service Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold), Veterans Appreciation, Young Marine Achievement (Regimental), Young Marine Encampment (Division) and Young Marine Staff (Division).

YM/GySgt McCain is currently a Sophomore at the Lo Joya High School in Avondal, Az.  She is active in Marching Band, working towards a future working with horses and loves helping other Young Marines become better, stronger and more productive individuals. 

**** 2017 **** YM/Sgt Alexander Carleton

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YM/Sgt Carleton joined the Desert Unit on October 2, 2012 at the age of 12. Since he has been with the program he has earned over 563 community service hours of which 126.5 hours was earned just this year, has earned 30 different ribbons and 86 awards during this time. (22 awards this year). The awards earned this year are: Attendance, Academic Achievement,  Community Service, Drug Demand Reduction, Fire Prevention, Good Conduct,  Marksmanship Safety, Organized Unit (1 National), Physical Fitness, Presidential Service Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold), Senior Leadership, Swimming, Veterans Appreciation, Young Marine Achievement and Young Marine Staff.

YM/Sgt Carelton is currently a  Freshman at the Dysart High School in El Mirage, Az.  He is active in Swimming and Wrestling, he enjoys helping other Young Marines learn and improve themselves.

**** 2016 **** YM/SSgt Seaira Whitaker

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About Us

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Who We Are

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Youngmarines.com
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Membership

The Young Marines is open to all youth ages 8 through completion of high school. The only membership requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school. Since the Young Marines’ humble beginnings, in 1959, with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 260 units with 9,000 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Bahrain, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

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Our Volunteers

Young Marine units are community-based programs lead by dedicated adult volunteers. Many of these volunteers are former, retired, active duty, or reserve Marines who believe passionately that the values they learned as Marines had a positive effect on them. It is through these caring adults that Young Marines learn the inner values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Adult volunteers are individually screened by the National Young Marines Headquarters based on background information and recommendations provided with each person’s registration.

MOTTO - MISSION - OBLIGATION

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Strengthening the lives of America’s youth

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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.

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From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon my God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis.

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DONATE NOW

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 Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to "Strengthening the lives of America's Youth."  Together, we can make a difference. 

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COLOR GUARD REQUEST

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Have an event where you would like the Young Marines to Present or Post Colors.

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Calendar

National Website with Unit, Battalion, Regiment and National Events posted.


https://members.youngmarines.com/unit/desert/calendar

WEEKLY MEETINGS

Thursdays Meeting (Effective August 15, 2019)

6:30 PM (1830 hours) - 8:00 PM (2000 hours)

10150 W Missouri Glendale Az

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WEEKLY MEETINGS

Thursdays Meeting (Effective August 15, 2019)

Unit Meeting are at Sonoran Sky Elementary School 


Meetings are every Thursday's unless the school is closed for a holiday or specifically called off in advance.


NOTE: Last meeting  at the school will be May 14, 2019 until August 2019.

6:30 PM (1830 hours) - 8:00 PM (2000 hours)

10150 W Missouri Glendale Az

01/14/2020 Recruit REGISTRATION

Recruit Registration

6:30 PM (1830 hours) - 8 PM (2030 hours)

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01/14/2020 Recruit REGISTRATION

Recruit Registration

We invite you to come join us on this day to meet the Staff, Young Marine Leaders and gather information about the Young Marines program, costs, activities, events and answer any questions. Open house is for youths from the ages of 8 - 18 (still in school) and parents and/or guardians. 

6:30 PM (1830 hours) - 8 PM (2030 hours)

5/18/2019 Saturday

13th Annual Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade in Flagstaff

6:30 AM (0630 hours) - 4 PM (1600 hours)

Downtown Flagstaff 120 N Beaver St Flagstaff, Arizona

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5/18/2019 Saturday

13th Annual Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade in Flagstaff

Unit will meet at the Cabelas parking lot (South side by  Cracker Barrel)  on Glendale RD and the Loop 101 at 630 hours (departure at 0700 hours)to try and assist with carpool issues and  to convoy to the meeting location in Flagstaff.

Parents are welcomed to travel on their own to and from the event.

Uniform is BDU's with Unit Shirt and Ribbons.

1st Sgt, Gunny and Color Guard can wear Charlies with Ribbons.


There will be a meeting afterwards at the local park for the kids to enjoy the company of the other Young Marines from other Units and to have lunch (provided by the Unit for all the Young Marines)

6:30 AM (0630 hours) - 4 PM (1600 hours)

Downtown Flagstaff 120 N Beaver St Flagstaff, Arizona

05/21/2019 Tuesday

Recruit Graduation and Retirement Farewell

6 PM (1800 hours) - 9 PM (2100 hours)

DAV 8447 N 61st Ave Glendale, Arizona 85302

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05/21/2019 Tuesday

Recruit Graduation and Retirement Farewell

Recruit Graduation and Retirement Ceremony

Celebrating the accomplishments of Recruits: Cornett, Lynch,  Torres and Westberg and Senior Young Marine YM/MSgt Seaira Whitaker as she retires from the program and graduates from  High School/ Class of 2019 

6 PM (1800 hours) - 9 PM (2100 hours)

DAV 8447 N 61st Ave Glendale, Arizona 85302

05/25/2019 Saturday

Green Acres Cemetery - Posting flags for Veterans on Memorial Day

8 AM (0800 hours) - 12:00 PM (1200 hours)

401 North Hayden Road Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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05/25/2019 Saturday

Green Acres Cemetery - Posting flags for Veterans on Memorial Day

Arrival Time will be 0800 hours and expected to be completed by 1200 hours.


Uniform is BDU's with Unit shirt and ribbons

8 AM (0800 hours) - 12:00 PM (1200 hours)

401 North Hayden Road Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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Thank you for your Loyal support

Arizona NRA, Sam's Club #6606 , Walmart #2554 and Fry's Corporation

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Thank you for allowing us to use your school for our meetings

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Thank you for your support

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