2019

Young Marine of the Year

YM/LCPL Jasmin Velasquez

YM/LCPL Jasmin Velasquez joined the Desert Unit on February 1, 2017 at the age of 10. Since she has been with the program she has earned over 349 community service hours of which 174 hours was earned just this year. She has earned 20 different ribbons and 45 awards during this time. (22 awards this year). The awards earned this year are: Academic Achievement w/Gold Lamp, Community Service (3), Drug Demand Reduction, Good Conduct, Marksmanship, Organized Unit Trip (2), Physical Fitness (4), Presidential Service Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold), Swimming, Unit of the Year (Battalion and Regiment), Veterans Appreciation, Young Marine of the Year and Young Marine Staff.

YM/LCPL tries her hardest at everything she does, whether it is school, Young Marines or just being with her friends and family. YM/LCPL Velasquez looks out for her fellow Young Marines and tries to encourage them to be better and stronger leaders.

past Young Marine of the YEars

**** 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.

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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.

Donation and color guard

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. 

COLOR GUARD REQUEST

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

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)

6:00 PM (1800 hours) - 8:00 PM (2030 hours)

10150 W Missouri Glendale Az

Event Details

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.

6:00 PM (1800 hours) - 8:00 PM (2030 hours)

10150 W Missouri Glendale Az

01/14/2020 Recruit REGISTRATION

Recruit Registration

6:00 PM (1800 hours) - 8:00 PM (2030 hours)

Event Details

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. 

6:00 PM (1800 hours) - 8:00 PM (2030 hours)

Starting 11/04/2020

Poolee program

1800 hours - 2030 hours

https://youngmarines.com/unit/desert/ContactJoin

Event Details

Starting 11/04/2020

Poolee program

We are now starting the Young Marine Poolee Program, where the youths interested in joining can start being part of the unit prior to the Recruit Class starting in January 2020. If interested in joining prior to the Recruit class, please contact the Unit Commander or go to https://youngmarines.com/unit/desert/ContactJoin and click the JOIN NOW.


Definition of Poolee for the Young Marines.

A poolee is an individual who has already signed up to become a Young Marine but has not started the recruit training yet.

1800 hours - 2030 hours

https://youngmarines.com/unit/desert/ContactJoin

10/19/201

CPR Class for Desert Unit - hosted by MCSO

0630 hours - 1500 hours

Address: 3325 W Durango St Phoenix Az 850033

Event Details

10/19/201

CPR Class for Desert Unit - hosted by MCSO

  • The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will be providing CPR training for the Young Marines and Staff of the Desert  Unit at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Enforcement Support Building by FTO Rose Marie Lodgek.


Arrival time is 0630 hours in the parking lot.



0630 hours - 1500 hours

Address: 3325 W Durango St Phoenix Az 850033

10/23-31/2019

Red Ribbon Week

Event Details

10/23-31/2019

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week® The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®, October 23-October 31 each year.

  

And, perhaps more importantly, Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe. 


Events will be posted closer to the dates of the events


More Events

Thank you for your Loyal support

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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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