The Young Marines is the official Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program of the United States Marine Corps, for the Department of Defense. Although we employ and use certain military disciplines, we are not a military-recruiting organization. The Young Marines program has a strong emphasis on leadership & character development, discipline, service to the community and veteran population and encourage a healthy drug free lifestyle with regular "Drug Demand Reduction" classes. Our members pledge to maintain, and actively demonstrate, a drug-free lifestyle within their community. Adult Volunteers aid in instilling the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment so inherent to the American way of life, by teaching Leadership Skills that will last a lifetime. Our program includes weekly drill, community service to Veterans' and other Patriotic organizations, Drug Demand Reduction, Encampments, Physical Fitness, a Marksmanship program, Rank and Ribbon achievement and a large variety of other activities designed to motivate and inspire our youth to succeed.
What the Young Marines Is Not - We are not an alternative to the Juvenile Justice System. Meaning, we do not work with Probation, Family Court or Law Enforcement or act as a "Scared Straight" Program. We are not a program for high risk or violent youth with an extensive criminal history. We are not an alcohol, drug or addiction rehabilitation program. Please see our links page for programs qualified to handle these concerns.
In 2014 the Young Marines launched a new offensive in the battle against teen drug abuse. The program is called "Closing the Gate on Drugs". This is an expansion to the Young Marines ongoing "Drug Demand Reduction" efforts. The program targets the "gateway drugs", alcohol, marijuana, inhalants and over the counter and prescription drugs with the belief that by stopping our teens from experimenting with these substances we can eliminate the use of harder substances such as cocaine, heroine and crack to name a few.
The Hudson Mohawk Young Marines is seeking young men & women ages 8-17 wishing to develop their leadership skills and abilities and have fun doing it. The Young Marines train in a structured, patriotic and motivating environment to prepare them to become responsible citizens. Our volunteer instructors will inspire positive academic, physical and moral growth in each Young Marine, and develop a confident, well disciplined and respectful person.
Recruits: sneakers, jeans or similar pants, plain white t-shirt, belt.
Young Marine: Boots, black socks, trousers, blouse, red YM t-shirt, khaki web belt, cover.
Young Marine Inspection/parade uniform: During formal events or when specified, the above is worn with red t-shirt and ribbon rack.
Young Marine PT Uniform: Red YM national t-shirt, black shorts or grey sweats depending on the season, white socks, sneakers.(Females hair does not have to be in a bun when in PT gear.)
The HMYMs meet at the Colonie Town Youth Bureau Building # 1653 Central Av. Colonie, NY 12205. Feel free to stop by and visit on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm. You can call Tom DeMeo at (518) 275-7216 and arrange a visit.