“This particular chapter started with two kids and has grown substantially and they are very active,” State Rep. Christian Coomer said. “They have impressed me as being a very effective organization for helping kids learn discipline and community service ...”
According to www.evym.org, “The Young Marines is a youth education and service programs for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the official youth program of the U.S. Marine Corps and the focal point for the Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.”
Coomer said he appreciates how the local organization has served Bartow County and wants to see such acts of youth services expand across the state.
“I wanted to hold them up as an example to the rest of the state to see what this organization and, in general, the Young Marines, can do in a community and also as a way of commending the local organization for their outstanding community service and their commitment to training young men and women to know the importance of community service,” Coomer said.
Unit Commander Jared Massingill, who began the local branch in 2010, said he appreciates the resolution and the efforts of his cadets.
“As unit commander, I am very pleased with the accolade that was received and it makes me know we are doing our jobs with this organization as a youth education and service organization,” Massingill said. “The fact that we got recognized for the fact that we’re just existing — we didn’t go out seeking [recognition] or anything like that — makes me feel really, really good.
“I know my Young Marines are doing what the program is designed for them to learn and do.”
He said the organization currently has 30 active cadets and 12 in the current recruitment class.