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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Calendar

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


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

Tuesday Meeting

6pm (1800 hours) - 8pm (2000 hours)

10150 W Missouri Glendale Az

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Tuesday Meeting

Unit Meeting at Sonoran Sky Elementary School 

Uniform will be announced ahead of time and Young Marines and Recruits are required to bring to every meeting their Knowledge, writing tool (pen or pencil) and water 

Tuesday meetings are every Tuesday unless the school is closed for a holiday or specifically called off in advance.

6pm (1800 hours) - 8pm (2000 hours)

10150 W Missouri Glendale Az

2/15/19 - 2/18/19

Local JLS - tentative

1800 - 1200

TBD

2/15/19 - 2/18/19

Local JLS - tentative

1800 - 1200

TBD

02/02/19

Laveen Community Parade

0900 - 1pm

43rd and Dobbins

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02/02/19

Laveen Community Parade

Dobbins and 43rd ave

Parade route  43rd ave and Dobbins to 51st and Dobbins

Arrival time is 0900

Parade starts at 1100

Completion at the end of parade route.

Uniform is BDU's, Unit Shirt and ribbons

0900 - 1pm

43rd and Dobbins

02/09/2019

Parada Del Sol Parade

0830 -0900 hours - estimated 1300 hours

Drinkwater Blvd and Scottsdale Rd

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02/09/2019

Parada Del Sol Parade

Parade location starts at Drinkwater Blvd and Scottsdale Rd.

Parade starts at 1000 hours (Young Marines need to arrive between 0830 and 0900 hours for check in.

Parade goes along South along Scottsdale Rd, to  1st Street then west to Marshall Way, South on Marshall Way to 2nd Street, east on 2nd Street to Brown Ave.  North on Brown Ave to Indian School for the end of the parade.

0830 -0900 hours - estimated 1300 hours

Drinkwater Blvd and Scottsdale Rd

02/23/19

Sacatone Parade

700 am - 3pm

Sacatone Az

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02/23/19

Sacatone Parade

Parade in Sacatone Az

Meeting at Culvers on I-10 and Avondale Blvd at 0700 hours departing at 0715 hours


Arrival time at Parade location is 0800

Uniform is BDU's with Unit Shirt


700 am - 3pm

Sacatone Az

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