The Young Marines Program is a National Youth Program open to qualified candidates of both boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 17. It is the sole youth program which boasts to be the official anti-drug program of the United States Marine Corps.
The mission of the Young Marines Program is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development for both boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug and criminal gang-free lifestyle.
The purpose of the JPSO Young Marines Program is to accomplish the mission and objectives set forth the by national program. The objectives are as follows:
To promote the physical, moral and mental development of its members
To advocate a healthy, drug and criminal gang-free lifestyle through continual drug prevention and gang resistance education
To instill in its members the ideals of honesty, fairness, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, attention to duty, love of God and fidelity to our country and its situations
To stimulate an interest in and respect for academic achievement and the history and traditions of the United States of America
To promote physical fitness through the conduct of physical activities, including participation in athletic events and close order drill
The health, welfare and safety of our Young Marines are always paramount. This is not a heavy-duty disciplinary "boot-camp" style program; rather, it is merely designed to provide participating youths with structure and self-esteem.
The JPSO Young Marines Section is headquartered in the Westbank Administrative Complex at:
1233 Westbank Expressway
Harvey, LA 70058
You can call us at 504-363-5694 to get more information on the program and its eligibility requirements.