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Young Marines making model citizens

By Cpl. Rubin J. Tan | | August 23, 2013

Parris Island Young Marines will be hosting an orientation for new members at building 115, the former Child Development Center, aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Aug. 24 at 9 a.m.
The Young Marines youth education and service program for boys and girls promotes moral, mental, and physical development in children, while focusing on teaching leadership and life-long skills. The organization is also an avid participant in the Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction program.
“We basically operate behind the Drug Demand Reduction program to raise drug awareness in our youth and give them the tools that can be utilized all throughout life,” said Sgt. Joseph Avila, Parris Island Young Marines lead instructor.
Parents attending the orientation will receive basic program familiarization such as the organization’s expected costs, purpose of weekly meetings and an introduction of instructors.
The program is designed for students who are eight years old through seniors in high school and must be in good standings with their school. Future volunteers may also attend the orientation to learn more about the duties as a Young Marines volunteer.
The Young Marines boot camp will begin on the Saturday following the orientation for new members introducing drill, program history, and more.
While a part of the program, members participate in community service events, camping trips, uniform inspections and more while learning about public speaking, self-discipline, citizenship and the importance of personal fitness.
The Parris Island Young Marines is one of many units that fall under various division and battalions found around the world.
“It’s important because we are able give children guidance on becoming productive members of society,” said Del Tingley, Parris Island Young Marines unit commander.
Volunteers can join the program at any time. All volunteers are screened by the National Headquarters based on background information and recommendations provided with each person’s registration.
To be a volunteer or have a child enrolled, no prior military experience is required by adults.
“This is not a recruitment tool, we don’t encourage anyone to join the Marine Corps,” said Tingley, a native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. “Our goals are to make successful citizens no matter what their goal is in life.”
The old Child Development Center can be found by heading east on Panama St. and taking a right onto Korea St. The building can be found on the right.
For more information about the Parris Island Young Marines contact the unit commander, Del Tingley at 228-7827 or (985) 640-0904. The unit can also be emailed at youngmarinesparrisis@gmail.com or parrisislandyoungmarines@hotmail.com. The program’s national website is www.youngmarines.com.