Meetings are held at VFW Post 8672
The Jarrettsville Young Marines are proudly sponsored by Jarrettsville Manor Memorial VFW Post 8672. The Young Marines is the official "action" youth program of the Marine Corps League (MCL) of the United States for ages 8 to 17 and the focal point for the Marine Corps' Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program efforts. Its mission is to promote the mental, moral and physical development of young Americans. All of its activities emphasize the importance of honesty, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability and a sense of devotion to Family, God, Country and community. All Young Marine units are staffed and run by adult volunteers who are individually screened by the National Headquarters and must lead by the Young Marines motto of "Our Youth is Our Future�.
The Young Marines program educates and inspires the youth within our communities by promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle through instructional and adventurous activities. We develop responsible citizens using the volunteer resources of a civilian and military partnership. The team and spirit-de-corps enjoyed by the Young Marines help them discover the hero within.
In today's world, there are many opportunities for young Americans to be led astray into crime, drug use, poor academic performance and other vices. In the Young Marines, peer pressure (which is often the cause of these vices) is exerted toward wholesome ends such as school work, sports, physical fitness and other school and community activities.
The Young Marines Program provides an alternative for youth by instilling a sense of pride in themselves, in their country and in their community. Both youth and adult staff help to police their own ranks by providing the youth the opportunity to develop self-discipline and motivation through proper instruction and guidance from positive adult role models. The advocacy of a drug-free lifestyle is particularly important given the persuasiveness of the drug threat to our children today and the resultant violence and moral corruption that drugs lead to by their nature. In view of the damage that illicit drugs do to children and to the American society as a whole, the need to mobilize all available resources with which to fight the battle against their use is obvious.
As a part of the National effort to "stem the tide" of drug abuse, the National Defense Authorization Act for 1993 tasked the Secretary of Defense with the establishment of programs aimed at reducing the demand for illegal drugs. The Marine Corps' response was to officially recognize the Young Marines in July 1993, as the focal organization for the Marine Corps' contribution to the Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
The vision of this program is to impact America's future by providing a unique young leadership program which nurtures and develops citizens in our communities, instilling the core values of honor, courage and commitment.
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