Twenty youth members of the Young Marines program - ten boys and ten girls - are traveling from across the nation to New York City in March to participate in a conference held by the United Nations Office of the Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations headquarters. The priority theme for the 2013 conference is the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
The Young Marines youth members are delegates for an event called Consultation Day on Sunday, March 3, at the UN. It is the traditional day-long event welcoming the 750 delegates to the conference.
The following Young Marines will attend:
- YM/MGySgt. Dezeray Armagost, Rattlesnake Reservoir YM, CO
- YM/GySgt. Brittany Carr, Central Arizona YM, AZ
- YM/Cpl. Kylie Ellis, Capitol City YM, NC
- YM/MGySgt.Storme DiGiovanni, Pyramid Rock YM, HI
- YM/MSgt.Isabelle Giacoma, Chesty Puller YM, OH
- YM/Sgt. Allyiah Gibbons, Capitol City YM, NC
- YM/Sgt.Vanessa Hannah, Miami-Dade YM, FL
- YM/SSgt. Melissa Leffingwell, New River YM, NC
- YM/Cpl.Michelle Vicente, New River YM, NC
- YM/GySgt.Mary Wessel, Ashtabula County YM, OH
- YM/SSgt.Kenneth Bender, Camp Pendleton YM, CA
- YM/SSgt.Diante Bethay, Northern KY YM, KY
- YM/GySgt.James Jordan, East Valley, AZ
- YM/LCpl. Anton Nabuco, Mountain View YM, CO
- YM/SSgt. Oscar Pinate, Miami-Dade YM, FL
- YM/SgtMaj. Connor McMahan, Three Rivers YM, CT
- YM/MGy Sgt.Alexander Messmer, Cherry Point YM, NC
- YM/MSgt. Michael Murphy, Southern Oregon YM, OR
- YM/GySgt. Matthew Smith, Lt. Alexander Bonnyman YM, TN
- YM/Cpl. Taylor Trahan, Manassas YM, VA
As observers, the attending Young Marines are given an opportunity to learn about real world problems that affect literally half the human population on the planet.
"This is the tenth year the Young Marines have been invited to the annual conference," said Mike Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines. "Judging by past conferences, it's a thrilling experience the 20 youth members will not soon forget."
The actual working conference lasts for the next two weeks and is attended by United Nations non-governmental adult delegates from all over the world. At the end of the conference, a document is prepared for Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, for distribution to all member nations.
The Secretary-General pressed successfully for the creation of UN Women, a major new agency that consolidates the UN's work in this area. His advocacy for women's rights and gender equality also has included his campaign titled, "UNiTE to End Violence against Women."
In addition to the UN event, the Young Marines will visit cultural sights of New York City such as the Empire State Building, Times Square and Freedom Plaza.
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.
For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.
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