PUBLIC NEWS RELEASES
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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ABC Features the Young Marines Performing a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Pearl Harbor
Sunday, December 08, 2013
 
Friday, Dec. 6, youth members of the Young Marines performed a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI, in memory of the brave men and women who are interred there.
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Young Marines From Across the Nation Travel to Hawaii for 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
Monday, December 02, 2013
 
Youth members of the Young Marines will travel to Hawaii to participate in the 72nd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. The Young Marines will lead the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu and perform a wreath laying ceremony at the Natio
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Gary Weisbaum named Chief Marketing Officer of the Young Marines youth organization
Monday, November 18, 2013
 
Gary Weisbaum accepted a position as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Young Marines. Weisbaum will coordinate the Young Marines brand and marketing programs across the United States.
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Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarships at American Veterans Center Honors Awards Banquet
Thursday, November 14, 2013
 
YM MGySgt Mary Ann Wessell of Cleveland, OH, and YM MSgt Nathan Baker of Atlanta, GA, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Awards which were presented at a black tie event on Saturday, Nov. 9, hosted by the American Vet
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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 – ten boys and ten girls - are traveling from across the nation to New York City on March 8 – 12, 2014, to participate in a conference held by the United Nations Office of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City.

The following Young Marines will attend:

  • YM Pfc. Daniel Ford, Southern Oregon YM, OR
  • YM MGySgt. Beth Abzun, Southland YM, CA
  • YM LCpl. Brittany Handy, Seaford YM, DE
  • YM SgtMaj. Blake DeWeese, Oregon Cascade YM, OR 
  • YM LCpl. Sarah Garvis, Orlando Devil Dogs YM, FL
  • YM LCpl. Gabrielle Ridenour, Rogue Valley YM, OR
  • YM Cpl. Justin Giasson, Knoxville YM, TN
  • YM GySgt. Felix Pasto , San Diego YM, CA
  • YM MSgt. Kayla Hall, Trinity Valley YM, TX
  • YM MGySgt. Brent MacLeod, Macomb County YM, MI
  • YM SSgt. Hannah, Brittany PFC Bruce Carter YM, FL   
  • YM SSgt. Joseph Tippit, Lt. A. Bonnyman YM, TN
  • YM MGySgt Emily Kidwell, Milton Lewis YM, FL
  • YM MGySgt Nathan Baker, Metro Atlanta YM, GA
  • YM GySgt. Cassidy Bagwell, Midwest Central YM, OH
  • YM MGySgt. Alex Loria, Col. Wesley Fox YM, VA
  • YM SSgt. Meghan Jones, Manassas YM, VA
  • YM MSgt. Joseph Ambs, Carroll County YM, MD
  • YM SSgt. Rhiannon Gisegh, East Valley YM, AZ
  • YM MGySgt. Jacob Piotrowski, Ashtabula County YM, OH

Adults accompanying the young delegates are Joe Bles, inspector general of the Young Marines, and adult volunteers Linda and John Gionet and Robin Hood.

The theme for the 2014 conference is: Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls.

The Young Marines youth members are delegates for an event called Consolation Day on Sunday, March 9, at The Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 East Seventh St., New York. It is the traditional day-long event welcoming new delegates to the conference. All 20 Young Marines are registered as voting delegates.

As delegates, the participating Young Marines are given an opportunity to learn about real world problems that affect literally half the human population on the planet.

“This is the 12th year the Young Marines have been invited to the annual conference,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “Judging by past conferences, it’s a thrilling experience for the 20 youth members. They will not soon forget it.”

The actual working conference lasts for two weeks and is attended by United Nations non-governmental adult delegates from all over the world.  At the end of the conference, a document is prepared for Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations, for distribution to all member nations.

The Secretary-General pressed successfully for the creation of UN Women, a major new agency that consolidates the UN’s work in this area. His advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality also has included his campaign titled, "UNiTE to End Violence against Women."

In addition to the UN event, the Young Marines will visit cultural sights of New York City such as the Empire State Building, Times Square and Freedom Plaza.

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 12,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, 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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