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Young Marines of the Marine Corps League, Inc.

Strengthening the lives of America's youth

aka Young Marines   |   Dumfries, VA   |  https://youngmarines.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1981

National Executive Director and CEO

Col William P. Davis

Main address

17739 Main Street, Suite 250

Dumfries, VA 22026 USA

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EIN

38-2346425

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Scouting (O40)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SPACES - Summer Programs, Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools

The SPACES program serves of 1,400 young men and women annually and covers a wide variety of the Young Marines' activities and events, including:

National Leadership Academy
Junior Leadership School
Senior Leadership School
Advanced Leadership School
Sailing Adventure
SCUBA Diver (PADI)
Master Diver (PADI)
National Encampment

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Young Marines, supported by adult volunteers, perform a wide variety of service to US veterans and their individual communities.

Basic Statistics:
Over 1.8 million hours served in the past three operating years

363, 527 hours were dedicated to volunteering in the last operating year alone

2,100 average hours per unit each year

Examples:
Veterans History Project w/Library of Congress
Veterans appreciation activities
Toys 4 Tots
Flag placement & Wreaths Across America
Community Clean-up
Ramps for wheelchair access
Honor Flight Color Guards
Volunteer mentoring of program members

Population(s) Served

Minimum required training hours for every Young Marine
3 hours per quarter—12 hours per year

Board of Directors supported to emphasize DDR focus
DDR component in every event with Young Marines

Project Alert
Mandatory curriculum that ensures consistency and standardized training throughout the program

Fulfills minimum hours as emphasized by Board of Directors

Allows for leadership and mentorship component as older Young Marines and registered adults can become certified to teach younger Young Marines

Additional training by community partners
Law enforcement, DEA agents, Nurses, Doctors, etc.

Independent reports, presentations and projects initiated by Young Marines and Registered Adults.

DDR outreach initiatives
Red Ribbon Week
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week
Kick Butts Day
Drug Take Back Day
I’m Not A Replacement
DDR booths at various local events
By the hour
Project Alert--10,327 hours of training given to Young Marines
Guest Speakers—4,025 hours of training by guest speakers
Other types of DDR training—32,831 hours
Red Ribbon Week outreach—6,483 hours
Other outreach presentations—7,149 hours
Many additional uncaptured hours and events

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Fulcrum Shield 2022

DOD

Fulcrum Shield 2020

DOD

Fulcrum Shield 2019

DOD

Fulcrum Shield 2017

DOD

Fulcrum Shield 2016

DOD

Fulcrum Shield 2015

DOD

Fulcrum Shield 2014

DOD

Fulcrum Shield 2012

DOD

Silver Telly 2021

Telly Award

Bronze Telly 2021

Telly Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students receiving information on alcohol and other drug use

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Drug Demand Reduction

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) is one of the central pillars of the Young Marines program. Young Marines must complete 3 hrs of DDR training per qtr.

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Service / Veterans Outreach

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Civic duty is another central pillar of the Young Marines - in the last three years, Young Marines collectively gave 1,814,632 hours of volunteer service to their communities.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Young Marines' registered adult volunteers oversee and manage all of the activities at the unit level - they are often parents of the Young Marines. There are currently 235 units in 40 states.

Number of students receiving information on tobacco use and addiction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Drug Demand Reduction

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Drug Demand Reduction - including 'gateway drugs' like tobacco and alcohol - is one of the central pillars of the Young Marines program. Young Marines must complete 3 hrs of DDR training per qtr.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Young Marines pursues several Core Objectives:

• Advocating a healthy drug-free lifestyle through education;
• Instilling honesty, fairness, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, and attention to duty to God and country;
• Stimulating interest and respect for academic achievement and the history of our country; and
• Promoting physical fitness

The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America's youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members.

The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society. Just as important, it is not a program for youths with serious disciplinary problems, substance abuse issues or lengthy histories in juvenile court; nor is it a recruiting tool for the United States Marine Corps.

Here is a summary of the programs and activities offered through the Young Marines.

Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) - Promoting and practicing a healthy drug-free lifestyle is one of the central pillars to the Young Marines program. To that end, Young Marines are required to spend 12 hours each year dedicated to anti-drug programs, including Project ALERT (a standardized substance abuse prevention curriculum developed by the RAND Corporation and used by all Young Marines units across the country) and Closing the Gate on Drugs (a DDR curriculum that was developed by the Young Marines and focuses on gateway drugs such as tobacco and alcohol). Additionally, the Young Marines as an organization participates in a variety of nationwide initiatives such as Red Ribbon Week and National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.

S.P.A.C.E.S. (Summer Programs, Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools) – This program engages approximately 1,400 attendees, and includes a wide variety of opportunities including: Cowboy Camp, a National Encampment, a Sailing Adventure, a National Flight Academy and PADI-certified SCUBA Diver and Master Diver courses.

National Director's Special Programs (NDSP) - These are programs that are coordinated or managed through the Young Marines National Headquarters, and they engage approximately 2,000 participants annually. They range from holiday events such as participation in the National Memorial Day Parade and the Wreaths Across America program, to very special opportunities such as the annual Guam and Iwo Jima Reunion of Honor, where the seven finalists for the national Young Marine of the Year Award accompany and assist World War II veterans, at no cost, on this one-time-a-year to opportunity to visit, remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice there.

At the local level, Young Marines and Registered Adult Volunteers perform a wide variety of service to our veterans and the community. Highlights include:

• Over 1.7 million volunteer hours served in the past three operating years
• 602,433 hours were dedicated to volunteering in the last operating year alone
• 2,100 average volunteer hours per unit each year

Some Examples of the activities and projects undertaken include:
• Veterans History Project w/Library of Congress
• Veterans appreciation activities
• Toys 4 Tots
• Flag placement & Wreaths Across America
• Community Clean-up
• Ramps for wheelchair access
• Honor Flight Color Guards
• Volunteer mentoring of program members

As noted earlier, the Young Marines benefits from the enthusiasm and experience of more than 3,000 Registered Adult Volunteers who have been trained to manage and coordinate the activities of the 281 Young Marines units around the country. There are ten full-time staff members, and a 12-member Board of Directors.

In 2014, the Young Marines National Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising funds in support of the Young Marines' programs and activities. In addition to providing future resources for growth and expansion, the establishment of the Foundation will ultimately help provide a more diverse revenue stream to complement the federal funding received via a Congressional Program Adjustment. For more information about the Young Marines National Foundation, please see their separate profile on Guidestar.

In terms of accomplishments, the Young Marines is very proud of the quality of its programs and the recognition they have received.

With regard to Youth Drug Demand Reduction, the use of the Project ALERT curriculum developed by the RAND Corporation, the in-house creation of the Closing the Gate on Drugs curriculum to address drugs such as alcohol and tobacco and the focus given to the topic at the unit level have all played a role in the success of the program. As noted earlier, the Young Marines has received the Dept. of Defense's prestigious Fulcrum Shield Award on eight separate occasions.

Another central pillar to the Young Marines is understanding and appreciating the sacrifices made by our nation's veterans to protect our country. It folds into the Core Objective of "Instilling honesty, fairness, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, and attention to duty to God and country." A 30-minute documentary entitled "Generations of Honor - A Year in the Life of the Young Marines" received a Telly Award in 2016. You can learn more at: https://members.youngmarines.com/Release/91

Looking ahead, the Young Marines still has a great deal to accomplish in terms of expansion and reaching more youth across America and growing the program so that more can participate.

We are incredibly proud to have 281 units in 39 states - but our goal now is to have at least one unit in all 50 US states within the next five years. Similarly, the 9,000 young men and women who participate in the Young Marines and the 3,000 volunteers who work with them are the reason we exist, and we would like to expand so that there are 15,000 Young Marines and 5,000 volunteers working with them.

Our S.P.A.C.E.S. program provides incredible outdoor activities and learning experiences for our Young Marines, but at this time, only a fraction of Young Marines are able to participate due to limited availability. Growing this program so that many more Young Marines can benefit from the opportunities it offers is another goal the organization would like to accomplish. There is a similar goal for many of the National Director's Special Programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Young Marines of the Marine Corps League, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

William Smith


Board co-chair

Howard Snow

Gene Overstreet

12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Melissa Crane

Department of Homeland Security

William P. Davis

Young Marines

David S. Jonas

FH+H

Beverly Harrington

MUSC

Angela Salinas

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas

Thomas M. Craig

FH + H

Angela Maness

Women Marines Association

Zach Johnson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes