The Young Marines National Foundation provided funding for a Young Marines' Leadership School in Maryland. More than 30 members of the Young Marines participated in the Junior and Senior Leadership School.
DUMFRIES, Va., Oct. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Young Marines National Foundation provided $5,000 for a Young Marines' Leadership School held over the summer at the Southern Maryland Youth Camp in Cheltenham, Maryland. More than 30 members of the Young Marines participated in the Junior and Senior Leadership School.
"The Young Marines National Foundation is very proud to help this Leadership School," said Mike Zeliff, executive director, Young Marines National Foundation. "Four amazing Young Marines Alumni - Walter Oliff, Casey Scott, Jason Asbill, and Christopher San Jose - stepped up and donated to help fund this leadership school."
The Young Marines National Foundation provides financial support to the mission, values, and programs of the Young Marines through the solicitation, preservation, and distribution of gifts, grants, and matching funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
"The most impactful moments I experienced as a Young Marine, which also served as a catalyst for further growth within and outside the program, was attending leadership schools," said Chris San Jose, National Young Marine of the Year 2005-'06 and today, president of lending, Yale Advisors. "The camaraderie, life lessons, leadership skills, and challenges, all served as major steppingstones and realizations of my capabilities.
"Attending one of those schools at a younger age gave me an opportunity to push myself and learn the mechanics of basic leadership skills that can apply to all facets of life. Throughout my adulthood, I've been able to connect so many moments of challenge and solutions to the building blocks of leadership schools that I learned many years ago. I strongly believe more of America's youth should have this same opportunity."
Youth members of the Young Marines train at the leadership school with the goal of becoming better leaders. Besides leadership classes, members participated in physical tests, written tests, and close order drill.
"The donation helps off-set costs to the individual Young Marine and his or her family," said Division 2 Commander George Biedenbender. "It also helps with facility and billeting costs, and three meals a day. But above all, it enables Young Marines to achieve their goals."
Walter Oliff of Lockheed Martin's Senior Finance Leadership Development Program agrees. "It has been proven that leadership schools are the most impactful experiences in the Young Marines program. They teach valuable lessons and skills that extend far beyond the scope of Young Marines. The health of the Young Marines organization relies heavily upon leadership school availability and attendance."
"We invite the Young Marines Alumni to continue this tremendous generosity and donate to the Young Marines National Foundation, so more young people can attend leadership school," Zeliff said.
For more information, visit: https://youngmarinesfoundation.org/.
SOURCE Young Marines National Foundation