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DEA Awards the East Valley Young Marines the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award

DEA Awards the East Valley Young Marines the Enrique
Mesa, AZ, June 20, 2014 --( On June 17, 2014 the East Valley Young Marine Unit was recognized by the Drug Enforcement Agency for their commitment to alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, not just in their schools and neighborhoods but for the impact the have in the Cities of Mesa, Tempe, and surrounding communities.

Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award is awarded to the Young Marine Unit that best exemplifies the qualities and principles for which Agent Camarena gave his life to keep Americans off drugs. There are over 300 units in the program and only six units were awarded this award.

“This is a great honor for our unit. Our Young Marines work very hard letting people know the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs within their schools, neighborhoods, and communities.” - Frank (Gunny) Alger, Unit Commander

Besides participating in Red Ribbon Week every October all the Young Marine staff and senior Young Marines are Project Alert certified. The Project ALERT curriculum was created and tested by RAND, the nation’s leading think tank on drug policy. Developed over a ten-year period, Project ALERT addresses the pro-drug mindset of today’s teens and effectively increases their likelihood to remain drug-free. This curriculum gives the Young Marines the tools they need to Close the Gate on Drugs and to be able to stand in front of their peers and educate them on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

“We at DEA were very happy and proud to find that there were young people in AZ, in Phoenix, doing such good work in reducing the demand for drugs on our streets.” - Special Agent Shannon Scheel, Phoenix Division Drug Enforcement Agency

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:

Frank (Gunny) Alger/480-570-4032,
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