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About Us


What We Are

 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. 


What We Are Not

 The Young Marines program is not a program for youths with serious  disciplinary problems, substance abuse issues or lengthy histories in  juvenile court.  We aren't designed as a "scared-straight" organization though some parents do see marked improvement in their youth's behavior after some time in our program.  If a youth does not want to be with us, the program will not work so we ask you not to force your youth to join.


Who Can Join

Any boy or girl age 8 through the graduation from high school will benefit from joining our group.  Our membership includes youth who participate in sports, band, or other extra curricular as well as youth with various different disabilities.  We open our doors to them all and provide a safe and welcoming environment for them to become the best they can be.


Our Core Values


Young Marines with a local World War II veteran.

Young Marines are placed into leadership roles starting with how to follow all the way through leading hundreds of others.


Young Marines resting after a hard day of cleaning up a veteran's home.

Young Marines are taught to look after one another and work together to solve problems and achieve common goals.


Young Marines standing ready for a Color Guard.

Young Marines are taught self-discipline to react properly in tough situations, keep themselves healthy, and eventually to tackle life's challenges.

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Miami Valley Young Marines

6161 Chambersburg Road, Dayton, Ohio 45424, United States