PUBLIC NEWS RELEASES
Young Marines units from across the nation traveled to Hawaii for 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
 
One hundred forty one youth members of the Young Marines from nine states traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 73rd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
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Red Carpet Event for the Young Marines Documentary Premiere Followed by PBS Airing in KY
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
The national premiere of a 30-minute documentary film, “Generations of Honor: A Year with the Young Marines”, will take place at the historic Kentucky Theatre. The film will air on PBS in KY on Veteran’s Day.
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Young Marines Alumni Association is Launched
Monday, October 27, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization now has an Alumni Association for its more than 60,000 former members. Former YM SgtMajor Edgar Huff, who was the 2004 National Young Marine of the Year, has been named executive director of the new association.
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Young Marines Wins its 6th Dept. of Defense Award for Anti-Drug Education
Monday, October 20, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization’s Drug Demand Reduction Program is the winner of the 2014 Annual Fulcrum Shield Award for Excellence in Youth Anti-Drug Education.
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GLOCK donates $50,000 to the Young Marines at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
 
The Young Marines received a $50,000 donation from GLOCK on Monday, Oct. 13, at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Expo.
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American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Recipients Share Success of Grant
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
 
Joe Lusignan, Deputy Director, West Coast Operations of the Young Marines, discusses "Closing the gate on Drugs" Drug Demand Reduction kits with American Legion family members during the eighth annual Children & Youth Conference in Indianapolis.
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223 Young Marines meet World War II Navajo Code Talkers
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
 
Two hundred twenty three members of the Young Marines including registered adult leaders traveled to Window Rock, AZ, to be part of Navajo Code Talkers Day which was Thursday, Aug. 14. Seventeen veteran Navajo Code Talkers attended.
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Scott Riley of the Columbus Young Marines named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization has named Scott Riley the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Washington D.C. Riley is the Unit Commander of Columbus Young Marines from Division 5 located in Colu
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Young Marines announces ‘National Unit of the Year’ - Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Unit from Knoxville, TN
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization announced the “National Unit of the Year” – Division Three’s Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Unit in Knoxville, TN, under the command of Virgil L. Young, Jr.
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National Executive Director and CEO Mike Kessler announces future retirement from the Young Marines
Thursday, August 07, 2014
 
Mike Kessler, National Executive Director and CEO of the Young Marines, announces his retirement which will take place in late 2015.
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The Young Marines unveil a new and expanded Drug Demand Reduction Program: ‘Closing the Gate on Drugs’
Monday, July 14, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization took its drug demand reduction efforts to the next level by launching a new program titled, “Closing the Gate on Drugs.” The program focuses on the drugs that our youth are exposed to early and most often - the ga
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The DEA and Young Marines present Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to six units
Monday, June 16, 2014
 
The DEA and Young Marines announce Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award winners. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.
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Blake DeWeese named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Friday, June 13, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization announced the 2014 - 2015 “National Young Marine of the Year” – YM SgtMaj Blake W. DeWeese, 18, of Beaverton, OR. As National Young Marine of the Year, DeWeese will travel throughout the country representing the Y
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Young Marines grateful for a grant from American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
 
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation has provided a $90,000 grant to the Young Marines youth organization for the purpose of creating printed materials to use in its campaigns to reduce the demand for drugs through education.
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The Young Marines News Network wins second Telly Award
Monday, April 28, 2014
 
The 35th annual Telly Awards have been announced, and a Nov., 2013, broadcast of the Young Marines News Network won a 2014 bronze Telly in the online video category.
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Honorary Young Marine Zach Veach, teen race car driver, wins Indy Lights
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization salutes teen race car driver Zach Veach, 19, on his first place win in the season opener of the Indy Lights race held Sunday, March 30, in St. Petersburg, FL. He won by leading every lap of the race.
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Ten Young Marines Return From a Very Special ‘Reunion of Honor’ on Guam and Iwo Jima
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
 
Young Marines traveled to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor.” Each year, American and Japanese veterans and their families come together for remembrances of their fallen brothers and to recall the fierce battles.
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Twenty Young Marines to participate in United Nations Conference
Thursday, March 06, 2014
 
Twenty youth members of the Young Marines youth organization are traveling from across the country to New York City on March 8 – 12, 2014, to participate in a conference held by the United Nations.
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Young Marines names six Division Young Marines of the Year
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization has named six division winners in its most prestigious award - the “Division Young Marines of the Year.”
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National ‘Adult Volunteer of the Year’ leads the only Young Marines unit for kids with special needs
Thursday, July 18, 2013
 

The Young Marines youth organization has named its national “Adult Volunteer of the Year” –Vivian Price-Butler, 1stSgt, USMCR (ret) of the Central Maryland Young Marines. The honor was announced at the annual Young Marines adult leader conference in Reno, NV.

Adult Volunteer of the Year - Vivian Price-Butler, 1stSgt, USMCR (ret) The Young Marines is an education and service program with 10,000 youth members in the U.S. and overseas. Of its more than 300 units, only one is dedicated to students with special needs – Vivian Price-Butler’s.

“There are so many great people doing amazing things with the Young Marines in their units,” she said. “I was shocked and very humbled that I was selected.”

Price-Butler is affectionately known as First Sergeant at Kennedy Krieger High School in Baltimore where her Young Marines’ unit is based. The high school is part of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, through patient care, special education, research, and professional training.

Price-Butler’s Young Marines are living with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, brain injuries and/or intellectual disabilities.

“I have known and watched Vivian work with her unit for years,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “I am amazed at how well these Young Marines respond to her. She is an inspiration and a true credit to her school and this organization.”

Price-Butler is a decorated 26-year veteran of the Marine Corps who retired in 2004 after her last tour in Iraq. She found her life’s path after seeing the Marine uniform in a commercial when she was 14 years old, and since then, she has never wavered from her dedication to the Marines.

In year 2000, she formed the Young Marines unit at Kennedy. She does not hold a teaching certificate, so Kennedy faculty pitch in and help her develop lessons appropriate to her special needs students.

The Young Marines program emphasizes character building and service to others, and, as a result, Price-Butler teaches her Young Marines about the military and about basic disciplinary values such as obeying one’s parents. In addition, the unit does its fair share of community outreach by holding toy collections, sending care packages to troops and visiting veterans’ hospitals. They also take place in color guard ceremonies and march in parades.

A momentous occasion took place in Dec., 2011, when Price-Butler took five of her Young Marines from Baltimore to Hawaii to take part in the commemoration events for the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“I have always felt truly blessed to be able to be a Young Marine adult leader and doing something that I love for this long,” she said. “After my retirement and the fulfillment of my lifelong dream to be a Marine, I never imagined I would be able to continue to share a small part of the Marine Corps and its honors, values and traditions through The Young Marines program.”

How it works

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers, some of whom have had careers in the military, although that is not a requirement. There are nearly 3,000 active, registered adult volunteers in the organization.

Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each division. From these six winners, one is named the official national “Adult Volunteer of the Year” - Price-Butler.

The other five division winners in the 2013 “Adult Volunteer of the Year” award are:

  • Division 1 – Aimee Fagan, of the Blackstone Valley Young Marines, MD
  • Division 3 – Sammy Pierce of the Rutherford County Young Marines, TN
  • Division 4 - Henry Gonzales of the Heart of Texas Young Marines, TX
  • Division 5 – Patricia Borka of the Shiawassee County Young Marines, MI
  • Division 6 – Shannon Orick of the Desert Young Marines, AZ

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com

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