Our commitment to youth development honors Teddy Roosevelt’s values of spirit, competition and fair play.

 

Junior Reserve Officers training Corp (JROTC)

The JROTC program is a federal program conducted at accredited secondary schools and taught by instructors who are retired military personnel. The purpose of JROTC is “to instill in students in secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extracurricular activities of community service, academic, drill and orienteering competitions, visits to military facilities and physical fitness training.

The New York Council directly supports four JROTC units — three Navy (NJROTC) and one Marine Corps (MCJROTC). In Manhattan, the Graphics Campus NJROTC unit is embedded in a high school campus building on West 49th Street. The George Washington NJROTC unit is embedded in a high school campus building in Washington Heights. In Staten Island, the Council supports the NJROTC cadets of Curtis High School and the MCJROTC cadets of Tottenville High School.

The JROTC cadets often appear at New York Council events. Each year educational stipends are given to selected graduating cadets who have excelled in the program while underclassmen may be awarded the Navy League's Teddy Roosevelt Youth Medal.

Army Private 2nd Class Joshua Torres, a 2019 graduate of the Curtis High School NJROTC, returned to his alma mater on October 30 to speak to current cadets.

Army Private 2nd Class Joshua Torres, a 2019 graduate of the Curtis High School NJROTC, returned to his alma mater on October 30 to speak to current cadets.

On October 26, 2019, 60 cadets from Graphics Campus NJROTC attended the commissioning of USCG Cutter Angela McShan, named for the first female African American master chief in Coast Guard history. She passed away from cancer while serving on active duty, but our cadets know her legacy from their Naval Science Instructor, Chief Timothy McShan, her brother. Cadets also got to meet Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG Commandant, at the commissioning ceremony.

On October 26, 2019, 60 cadets from Graphics Campus NJROTC attended the commissioning of USCG Cutter Angela McShan, named for the first female African American master chief in Coast Guard history. She passed away from cancer while serving on active duty, but our cadets know her legacy from their Naval Science Instructor, Chief Timothy McShan, her brother. Cadets also got to meet Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG Commandant, at the commissioning ceremony.

Tottenville MCJROTC unit marched in the 2019 Staten Island Memorial Day parade.

Tottenville MCJROTC unit marched in the 2019 Staten Island Memorial Day parade.

A spring fundraiser for Curtis NJROTC

A spring fundraiser for Curtis NJROTC

Curtis NJROTC marched in a snowy St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Curtis NJROTC marched in a snowy St. Patrick’s Day parade.

On Saturday, October 26, 2019, 30 George Washington NJROTC cadets competed in the Area Four Orienteering Championships. The event took place at Tyler State Park in Newtown PA. Cadets competed in teams of three with the mission of finding 15 different checkpoints hidden in the woods. They were required to use a map and compass to find the checkpoints. More than 400 NJROTC cadets from all over the Northeastern United States competed in this event, including 39 from fellow New York Council adopted unit Curtis High School.

On Saturday, October 26, 2019, 30 George Washington NJROTC cadets competed in the Area Four Orienteering Championships. The event took place at Tyler State Park in Newtown PA. Cadets competed in teams of three with the mission of finding 15 different checkpoints hidden in the woods. They were required to use a map and compass to find the checkpoints. More than 400 NJROTC cadets from all over the Northeastern United States competed in this event, including 39 from fellow New York Council adopted unit Curtis High School.

Graphics Campus NJROTC cadets took part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park on October 20, 2019.

Graphics Campus NJROTC cadets took part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park on October 20, 2019.

Cadets from our three sponsored NJROTC units — George Washington, Graphics Campus and Curtis High Schools — cheered on runners and honored first responders at the Tunnel2Towers race on September 30, 2019.

Cadets from our three sponsored NJROTC units — George Washington, Graphics Campus and Curtis High Schools — cheered on runners and honored first responders at the Tunnel2Towers race on September 30, 2019.

Cadets Marvin Suarez, Victor Navarrette and Tecumseh Morris of Curtis High School took first place on the yellow short course at the 2019 NJROTC Area Four Orienteering Championships on October 26.

Cadets Marvin Suarez, Victor Navarrette and Tecumseh Morris of Curtis High School took first place on the yellow short course at the 2019 NJROTC Area Four Orienteering Championships on October 26.

Two recent graduates from our sponsored NJROTC unit at Graphics Campus High School graduated from Navy boot camp on October 11, 2019. SA Luis Siguachi is a data systems processor and SA Adrianna Martinez is a corpsman.

Two recent graduates from our sponsored NJROTC unit at Graphics Campus High School graduated from Navy boot camp on October 11, 2019. SA Luis Siguachi is a data systems processor and SA Adrianna Martinez is a corpsman.

Graphics Campus NJROTC cadets visited Washington DC in June 2019.

Graphics Campus NJROTC cadets visited Washington DC in June 2019.

Curtis NJROTC cadets had a successful drill team season. Shown here at a meet in New jersey, the unit ended the season at Nationals in Florida.

Curtis NJROTC cadets had a successful drill team season. Shown here at a meet in New jersey, the unit ended the season at Nationals in Florida.

VADM Dave Kriete spoke with the Graphics Campus cadets in May 2019 on the day of their year-end awards.

VADM Dave Kriete spoke with the Graphics Campus cadets in May 2019 on the day of their year-end awards.

 

Naval Sea Cadet Corps

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps program is a non-profit civilian youth organization made up of two programs: The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) program for young people ages 13 through 17 and the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) for young people 11 through 13. At the request of the Department of the Navy, the Navy League of the United States established the Sea Cadet program in 1962 to “create a favorable image of the Navy on the part of American youth.” Today's U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps continues to further the image of our maritime services by adhering to a standardized training program designed to:

  • develop an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills

  • instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet

  • demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle

  • expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation's armed services

The New York Council supports the Sea Cadet program by sponsoring the Bronx-based George Washington Division, with additional support for the Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Division, which is based on Long Island but includes cadets from Queens.

Naval Sea Cadets from our sponsored unit marched with the New York Council banner in the 100th New York City Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019.

Naval Sea Cadets from our sponsored unit marched with the New York Council banner in the 100th New York City Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019.

Sea Cadets at Jones Beach, June 2019

Sea Cadets at Jones Beach, June 2019

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Young Marines

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to more than 280 units with 9,600 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries. The organization seeks to strengthen the lives of America’s youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The program focuses on character building and leadership, and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society for boys and girls ages 8–18. Our sponsored unit, the River Towns Young Marines, meets weekly during the school year in Sleepy Hollow and takes part in events throughout the area. For additional information about the Young Marines or their events, visit their website.

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Unit Commander and New York Council Board Member, Lu Caldara, addresses the River Towns Young Marines at their year-end awards ceremony in June 2019.

Unit Commander and New York Council Board Member, Lu Caldara, addresses the River Towns Young Marines at their year-end awards ceremony in June 2019.