Since its inception, the Semper Fi Community Task Force has had a very proactive Youth Mentoring program where it provides active member participation in mentoring, training and service roles for local youth. The supported organizations include the following:
- Johnson High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program
- Ready yourself For the Future (RUFF) program in Madison City Schools
- Media Arts Institute of Alabama
- Young Marines Detachments in Huntsville and Madison
- Real Fathers Making a Difference
The Johnson High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC (MCJROTC) Detachment (Det) has approximately 75 cadets. The program provides training in Marine Corps history and traditions, military science, physical fitness, close order drill, marksmanship, proper wear of the uniform, and military/self-discipline. SFCTF provides financial support to the program for equipment purchases, travel and participation in competition events. SFCTF works in conjunction with the two retired Marines who command the Det to provide additional support, mentoring and material when requested. Johnson HS has a lower graduation rate among the overall student population, 100% of the MCJROTC cadets graduate each year.
Since 2010, the SFCTF has supported the Ready yoUrself For the Future (RUFF) boy leadership and accountability development program in the Madison City Schools. RUFF has had over 400 boys in grades 4 through 12 participate in its after-school and weekend training and service activities. RUFF provides field trips to leadership training seminars for its membership. SFTCF provides funding support to RUFF and hosts leadership forums where SFCTF members provide mentoring on the importance of character, accountability and initiative in various career fields and how to develop these traits.
Media Arts Institute of Alabama (MAIA), is a 501 (c)(3) organization providing training to local high school students in video news reporting, production and webcasting. Since 2012, SFCTF has supported MAIA and Lee High School students as they have reported on local high school sports events. Most recently, SFCTF supported MAIA in a cooperative program with Alabama A&M University where college and high school students report on North Alabama technology development agencies & companies and provide a weekly program broadcast on local Channel 15, Valley CW Television. SFCTF provides funding support to MAIA. Additionally, our members provide programming topic development and arrange for student interviews with technology leaders in the community.
SFCTF also supports two Young Marines detachments in Huntsville and Madison. The Task Force provides funding support to each Det for training activities, equipment purchases, field trips and the Marine Corps Birthday Balls well as providing service project opportunities for each Det during Heroes Week activities and the annual Task Force meeting.
In 2014, SFCTF added the Real Fathers Making a Difference (www.RFathersMAD.org) to our roster of supported organizations. RFathersMAD provides mentoring and tutoring for fatherless boys and also seeks to counsel and train absent fathers to reconnect and re-engage with their children and develop their relationship and role as a loving and caring parent. SFCTF provides funding support to RFathersMAD and several members serve as volunteer mentors.