About the Young Marines

Who We Are

The Young Marines is a 501(c)3 non-profit 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 the premier youth organization in its Drug Demand Reduction Efforts.

Our Volunteers

Young Marines units are community-based programs lead by dedicated adult volunteers.  Many of these volunteers are former, retired, active duty or reserve Military who believe passionately that the values they learned as members of the United States Military had a positive effect on them.  It is through these caring adults that Young Marines learn the inner values of Honor, Courage and Commitment while instilling our core values of Leadership, Discipline and Teamwork.  Adult volunteers are individually screened by the National Headquarters based on background information and recommendations provided with each person's registration.


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.


Strengthening the lives of America's youth

Young Marine Obligation

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.

Young Marine Creed

1. Obey my parents and all others in charge of me whether young or old.

2. Keep myself neat at all times without other people telling me to.

3. Keep myself clean in mind by attending the church of my faith.

4. Keep my mind alert to learn in school, at home, or at play.

5. Remember having self-discipline will enable me to control my body and mind in case of an emergency.