Two Other Alumni Receive Division Honors
[Dumfries, VA] Young Marines Alumni Jeff Porta, an Adult Volunteer with Ionia County Young Marines (MI) (Division 5) was honored as the National Adult Volunteer of the Year. Porta was selected among over 2,500 other Young Marines volunteers.
Porta was a Young Marine when his father started a unit in 1972 in the metro Detroit area. After graduating high school, Jeff served in the Marine Corps. After his service in the Marines, he moved to Ionia, MI and was pleased to find out the program still existed. He thought, “That would be a great idea to do it as an adult!”
Porta is now the Unit Commander and dedicates countless hours to the Young Marines. “We sincerely appreciate that Mr. Porta gives so much of his free time to the Young Marines, and I know they are thankful for all he does,” said Col. William P. Davis, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines.
“I have been told a lot that if I was to put as much effort into a part time job as I do the Young Marines program, I would be a millionaire,” says Porta. “My response is simple. When I make a positive impact on a child, that is the best paycheck in the world.”
Two other Young Marines Alumni were also national finalists for National Adult Volunteer of the year.
Alumni Siobhan Fagan was name the Division 1 Adult Volunteer of the Year. Fagan became an adult volunteer for the Blackstone Valley Young Marines (MA) in 2013. Though she was first a "part-time" volunteer serving when home on breaks and holidays while in college, she eventually went on to become the unit's Training Officer, a position for which she was well prepared. Fagan spent 8 years as a Young Marine before retiring from the program. She says, "The program is a happy place for me." Dedicated service runs in the family, as Fagan's mom has been named Volunteer of the Year as well.
"I adore working with the Young Marines," said Fagan. " I can help America's youth become something more than what is expected. Teaching a class isn't just teaching a class; it's a chance to change a life. Talking about [anti-drug education] isn't just a check box; it's a chance to save a life."
Alumni Nick Hampshire was named the Division 2 Adult Volunteer of the Year. Hampshire was a Young Marine from 2006 until his retirement in 2012. He turned over his Young Marines chevrons to immediately become an adult volunteer. Hampshire is now the Training Officer with his Young Marine unit, Jarrettsville Young Marines (MD).
“What means the most to me is being able to help the youth of today prepare to become great adults and accomplish wonderful things in the future,” Hampshire said.
“Young Marines Alumni are specially situated to serve as volunteers and share their experiences as Young Marines with the current youth of the program," said Jason D. Asbill, Esq., Executive Director of the Young Marines Alumni Association. “These three volunteers are the epitome of the work that Young Marines Alumni around the country are doing to give back to the organization that helped raised us.”
The Young Marines Alumni Association thanks the thousands of Young Marines adult volunteers around the country for dedicating their time and talents to our youth. Again, a special congratulations to these Alumni for setting the standard!
About the Young Marines Alumni Association
The Young Marines Alumni Association is a subsidiary organization of the Young Marines national youth organization whose purpose is to connect former Young Marines back to the program, continue the camaraderie they enjoyed as youth, and inspire future generations of Young Marines. The Alumni Association is open to any former Young Marine who discharged from the program in good standing, regardless of age or time in program. For more information, visit our website at: https://www.youngmarinesalumni.org.