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.
Roger Rodman, Unit Commander of Crossroads Young Marines, which serves Howard County, stated that the national organization has been around since 1959. The organization is open to all youth ages 8 through high school. The only membership requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school. The program is self-funded and cost is $200 for the first year, and $80 for every year after that.
Rodman went on to stress that this is not a punitive program and participants and parents are required to be active in the organization.
“We give them the determination. We give them all the tools they will need to become a successful American citizen, and most of that is based on discipline,” states Rodman of the Young Marines program.
The organization teaches the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living healthy, drug-free lifestyles.
For more information about the Crossroads Young Marines, you can check out their Facebook page.