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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strengthening the lives of America’s youth
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.
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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