"Great program that provides OPPORTUNITIES for our youth to develop the skills it takes to become leaders and grow into productive citizens."
"My son loves it so much he wants to be a marine! Amazing program!"
"From what I've observed, this program can be be a big jump into the right direction in a young man's life. Thank you."
Young Marines of the Palm Beaches was chartered by the Marine Corps League in 1995. Since then, hundreds of boys and girls, ages 8 through 18 (or completion of high school) have gone through our Recruit Training program in Palm Beach County, Florida to become Young Marines. They've learned discipline, teamwork, and leadership skills. They've learned and shared why to stay addiction-free. They've performed massive numbers of community service hours, honored Veterans, gone on trips, camped locally and far away, and more.
Young Marines teaches about leadership skills and then puts our young people in positions of leadership. While adults are there to keep the youth on track, you will see young people teaching, training, setting up schedules and carrying them out, and more.
Unit Young Marine of the Year
YM/Sgt Maxwell McGrady
What Young Marines of the Palm Beaches Did in 2018:
- Weekly drills (training meetings)
- Close Order Drill (aka marching together)--practice, in parades, and on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
- Parades--marched in parades at the Fairgrounds, in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Jupiter/Tequesta, and Washington, D.C. (Led the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC!)
- Color Guard--at unit graduations and in parades, ceremonies honoring Veterans, and other public events
- First aid and CPR training--offered certification classes for youth and their families
- Graduated 3 Recruit Training classes
- Celebrated--with holiday parties and even a Young Marines Ball
- Honored Those Who've Served our Country--through Military Appreciation Events including Honor Flights, POW/MIA/OREE, Wreaths Across America, Veterans Day events, greeting active duty Marines returning from deployment, and more
- Joint Activities--with members of other Young Marines units (locally and even as far as Texas and Ohio) and even with local Sea Cadets
- Encampments--local camping trips and with 1st Florida Regiment and YM Divisions
- Leadership Training--Junior Leadership School, Senior Leadership School, Youth Leadership Symposium
- Community Service--Toys for Tots, Children's Healing Institute, Beach Clean Up, honoring Veterans, and more
- Red Ribbon Week and other DDR (Drug Demand Reduction)--learning and sharing the importance of being addiction-free (Young Marines is the focus of the US Marine Corps' efforts to end addiction issues in American youth.)
- Fundraising events--Once a month, on weekends, to help families afford our programs
- Awards--our Young Marines earned many awards including Life-Saving (third degree), the President's Volunteer Service Award, Unit Young Marine of the Year, National Order of the Purple Heart, Good Conduct, Leadership Skills, Swimming, Marksmanship Safety, Seamanship, and more
- Physical Fitness--working to improve physical fitness as measured in physical fitness tests
- Parent Support Group--devised a parent manual, helped each other with transportation and other issues, supported the unit
- Learning--discipline, teamwork, leadership skills, first aid, CPR, boating safety skills, military customs and courtesies, US Marine Corps rank structure, US history, camping and survival skills, why to stay clear of addiction, and more
- And more...
The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurture and develop its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Young Marines of the Palm Beaches is supported by our families and various donors including these generous sponsors:
Young Marines of the Palm Beaches
The Young Marines is a national youth education and service program. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching discipline, teamwork, and leadership skills, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.