Young Marine learns the ropes at the United Nations
By By Priscilla Loebenberg Times Staff Writer
Mar 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM
As a member of the Young Marines, Winters Mill High School sophomore Joseph Ambs was recently selected to visit the United Nations in New York and to participate in a conference held by the organization's Commission on the Status of Women.
Ambs was one of only 20 Young Marines - 10 boys and 10 girls - selected nationwide to attend "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls." He spoke with the Times about his experience with international politics.
Q: Why did you want to participate in the conference?
A: I go to school where a lot of people aren't really politically aware of anything. I thought I could better myself in this way. I wanted to learn about world issues and learn about the U.N. process. I also wanted to visit New York. It's an awesome place.
Q: What did you learn at the U.N.?
A: In school we learned how the U.N. was made. But, I never really knew what they did. This was really an eye-opener. This is such a big part of our funding and of the nations coming together to better the world. It's a big effort and a big part of our nation.
Q: What did you think of the speakers at the conference on women's issues?
A: They talked about real world issues with women, especially in Middle East and Africa, living in very poor conditions. They have my full support. I was very sympathetic. But, then there were the more radical feminists that said women should be in charge of everything. It was really interesting to see what the left thought about the issues being put forth. Then there were others that I was on the fence about.
Q: What was the best part of the trip?
A: Visiting the 9/11 Memorial. I've gone before, but going with the Young Marines was somehow a more reverent opportunity. It takes your breath away. I also got to visit Fox News and see Ben Carson, who is a figurehead in my party, and talk to him about his past and life story.
Q: What is your next goal in the Young Marines?
A: I'm organizing a car show at Winters Mill on May 31. The proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Marines Helping Marines. Before I graduate from high school, I hope to achieve the next rank, Sergeant Major, and earn a Distinguished Order of Merit.
Q: Do you want to join the Marines after you graduate?
A: Yes. I also want to go to Penn State and play rugby there. I want to eventually become a director in the film industry.