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US Naval Sea Cadet Corps

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: We're building leaders of character.

Results: We provide compelling, life-changing programs for America’s youth that teach them the values of teamwork, discipline, service, and ethical leadership through our passionate all-volunteer force and our partnerships with the Navy and Coast Guard.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017, we provided leadership and training experience to more than 9,500 cadets, age 10 through the completion of high school.

Geographic areas served: We have more than 380 units in 46 states, as well as in Guam and Puerto Rico

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son has been a part of the program for 7 years. In that time he has developed a healthy sense of responsibility, citizenship, leadership and character. He has grown into a man that knows no limits to what he can accomplish. There are several things I as a parent, love about this program. The experiences he has had are beyond belief. Everything from volunteering in the community to cruising on a front line aircraft carrier in the Pacific to training with some of the military's finest special operations personnel on an active military base and the list goes on. In addition he has been exposed to other young adults with very high aspirations as well as a group of great adult volunteers that serve as mentors constantly guiding, pushing and motivating him. All in all I can't imagine a better youth program to get your child a head start in life.

Sul S.

Donor

Rating: 5

My son joined in March, finished RT last month and we drop him off in a few hours for the Culinary arts program. This program is excellent, recommend it for everyone. Could not find a more motivated group of future leaders. As an old Salty Marine, could not ask for a better program for my son

1 Dawn R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since my son and I joined in 2004, it has been an amazing and awe inspiring experience. Three of my children have been through the program, two of them attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. It has fostered their love of country, taught them to honor those who have walked our battlefields, and encouraged self-reliance, confidence and a spirit of service.

1 Tom H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have to sons in this program for four years. Oldest is shipping out with the Navy this summer. Youngest recently promoted to Chief. It’s a great opportunity for like minded and high achieving teenagers to come together and learn leadership opportunities.

1 Kristin H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the Sea Cadets, young adults find out who they are and prepare for bright futures! Whether they choose the military life, or civilian life, they can learn about various careers and who they are and what they want out of life. They learn how to believe in themselves - and how to work as a team. My only regret is not getting my children involved sooner!

1 Erin C-K

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a cadet Chief Petty Officer about to become a midshipman in this program, and it’s honestly one of the best programs I’ve ever seen. It’s taught me tons about leadership and given me amazing opportunities to work with the military and civilians all over the world. The Sea Cadets has made me a better leader and a better person, and I’ve learned and honed skills, including time- and stress- management, and attention to detail that will serve me well as I progress into the next phases of my life, in college and in the Navy.

1 Tnt-rex

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My kid has been a Cadet for 6 years. It’s become a family affair as we all volunteer. These kids will make you so darn proud!! These are the future leaders we need!!

1 Mary Shane Bryson P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Never knew something like this existed! Once we found out my son and daughter joined immediately! They are now completing their RT. It is an opportunity of a lifetime that will help them mature, become more responsible and offer them a promising future!

1 Karen G.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Superbly run organization. #Blueangelssquadron. My son loves the experience and it has convinced him a military career is his future.

1 Shannon C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband was a Sea Cadet in the 80’s so as soon as my kids were old enough we found a local unit to join. Initially I let this experience be between a father and his sons but quickly learned how amazing it is and signed up as an adult volunteer alongside my husband a year later. Not only is this program amazing for our youth, it’s also rewarding for adults. Seeing these young people grow emotionally, physically, mentally is something you have to witness to believe. The values we teach - honor, courage and commitment are just a drop in the bucket compared to the wealth of knowledge and values these cadets achieve in this program.

1 Cheri Ruppersberger P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter has always enjoyed listening to her father's stories about his time in the Navy and now has stories of her own. She has been in the program close to 2 years and just completed RTC in Great Lakes. She has benefited greatly from her training that has equipped her with confidence, organization, accountability, and courage.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, as a previous member of US Naval Sea Cadet
Miami Fl. Tremendously help start my life, I'm extremely grateful I'm currently 51 years of age.
Started at the Age of 13 with the Navy League then on to Naval Sea Cadets at the age of 17 after high school on to US Navy were i proudly served for 10 years..
For a young person don't know were to start your life or were your heading this a great! great! place to start.

Thank you! Naval Sea Cadet for my Life...

Peter Pedro Miami Fl
ppedro1158@gmail.com

2 George TJ W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I spent nearly five years in the service of the U.S.N.S.C.C. during my high school years; back in the late 70's and early 80's. The time I spent, the people I met, and the experiences I had; all had a positive affect on my life and contributed to making me the man I am today. Those lessons and experiences continue to have impact on my decision making process today, and the knowledge that I pass on to my children from those life lessons learned decades ago. I would, and have, advised friends and family that if their kids show any interest in the Navy, Coast Guard, or the sea. That they and their kids check out the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

As you approach "55", I'd like to say that the USNSCC is the absolute best thing to happen to my son bar none. A proud member for almost six years...learning honor and integrity plus some amazing training experiences he'll no doubt remember for the rest of his life. 2017 has been an amazing year. From USNSCC Advanced SCUBA & Rescue Dive Cert. at Pearl Harbor, HI to MIDN 4/C at United States Naval Academy. Congratulations and here's to another 55.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son completed this program from age 10-18. He ended as a chief petty officer. My husband and I both volunteer for the program and our son has now returned as a midshipman. The program has given us much more than we have given it. Our son learned how to be a leader, discipline and respect. He is proud of his country and is a productive citizen. We owe much of this to the program. As a volunteer, it is very rewarding to influence and watch young people advance.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My youngest son joined this program over ten years ago. He growth in confidence as a person and willingness to try new things grew greatly during this time. He attended a nine-day boot camp. The growth in him was very noticeable in just those nine days. He attend many other trainings, participated in many events and became a youth leader in the program. He has since joined the Navy and has a successful career as a IT aboard a destroyer. I joined the program six months later as an adult volunteer. The program allowed me to learn and practice skills that I didn't use in my career as an engineering technician at Intel. I became a leader in the program along with leadership positons in veterans advocacy at the state level. I grew as much as any cadet. My other two sons while not members of the program were able to grow from secondary affects of the program. I was a 100% single Dad of the three young men in the picture below and the cost of the program was very reasonable. Though if you become an active adult volunteer you might end up donating significant time and some money to the program. It isn't all training as the cadets have fun, meet Pearl Harbor Survivors and participate in parades as a color guard at the Navajo Nation Days Parade in Window Rock AZ. The training programs are widespread and the more technically demanding ones are taught by professionals. While I am moving on at the end of the year due to opportunities in veterans advocacy, I will continue to advocate and support this fine program. The kids meet great other kids, meet Senators, Astronauts, military veterans from various time periods. Training courses available including boot camp, STEM, leadership and many others along with a possibility of international travel. A cadet and adults will get out of it what you put in to it including leadership, respect, character building and confidence in themselves.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While on active duty as a Navy Nurse I had the opportunity to volunteer at a local unit, first as the Medical Officer, then as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is by far the best volunteer, non-profit organization I have worked with. The programs they support through private and government donations are able to shape America's youth and the next generation workforce using the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. The administrative costs for the organization are extremely low so you know your donations are being used directly for programs to support the cadets.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent six years in this program and loved every second. I ate, drank, and slept it. My dream and passion was to serve in the military afterwords, but due to a severe sunken chest, it was hard to get a waiver. Instead of becoming upset and depressed, I took what the program had taught me, and 4 years later I am a wife, homeowner, and now own my own personal training business. I wouldn't be the woman I am today if it wasn't for the unforgettable experience, lifelong lessons, discipline, and opportunities the program gave me.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program has done wonders for my son who is been in it for three years. He has made new friends had adventures in his recently completed tecruit training. My husband and I both volunteer because we know it is such a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to explain how amazing this program is. I've been volunteering with them for four years now and I plan to for as long as I can. I've seen first hand how this program changes lives. The cadets are incredible young people and this program brings out the best in them. The USNSCC pushes them to their limits and they exceed all expectations. This program is traini by the future leaders and protectors of the USA and they will completely succeed in doing so with the lessons and skills learned in the USNSCC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joined The Pasco Division in Pasco County Florida in 1988. I was privileged enough to attend Corpsman Training. Coast Guard Stations all over the country and 3 International Exchanges. The leadership skills and skills I developed over the years are still applicable today. I can honestly say the Corps changed my life. I met my Husband while on the 1993 Bermuda Exchange. Over the years we lived in Bermuda my husband a Lt. In the Bermuda Corps and I were escort officers for several of the International Exchanges. The Sea Cadets gave me a confidence and inner strength I still carry today.