Welcome to Cavaliers

Mothers & Sons Serving Together to Impact Their Local Community

Welcome to Cavaliers chapter of the Young Men’s Service League! We have been making a difference in our community since 2015.

The four years of high school go by incredibly fast. Finding time to spend together with your teenage son gets harder and harder. When you join YMSL, you commit to spending quality time together with your son serving your community.

In these moments, he sees your dedication to serving others. You see his eyes and heart become open to the world around him. These are memories to last a lifetime and service projects that impact our community forever.

In addition to service, YMSL offers valuable leadership opportunities and a four-year curriculum that covers topics such as car repair, interview skills, cooking, hazing prevention, and more.

We hope you will consider joining us. The time to start the membership process is during your son’s 8th-grade year. We look forward to meeting you and serving together. Scroll down for more details.

 

About YMSL

The Young Men’s Service League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit national organization. Members of YMSL are moms and their teenage sons who volunteer together to serve their local communities during his four years of high school. YMSL currently represents over 10,400 moms and 11,500 young men as part of more than 130 chapters across 18 states. 

YMSL offers moms service opportunities and time together with her son(s) to grow their relationship and to instill in him a heart of service to last a lifetime. In addition to service, as part of its four-year comprehensive program, YMSL teaches leadership and life skills to develop our young men to become the capable, confident, and compassionate leaders of tomorrow.

The pillars of the YMSL experience are service, learning, and leadership. YMSL is a four-year comprehensive program. Requirements for membership include:

YMSL Sponsor

YMSL is a sponsorship organization, a prospective member needs to be sponsored by a current member of the chapter she wishes to join. Contact membership for guidance. Enrollment is during the son’s 8th-grade year. 

4-Year Commitment

Joining YMSL is a four-year commitment. Young men and their mothers are expected to remain active in the chapter during his four years of high school. An annual Volunteer and Senior Recognition Banquet is held each spring.

20 Hours of Service

A minimum of 20 service hours are required annually at a variety of chapter approved philanthropies. Most of these hours must be served as a Mother/Son team.

Job within the Chapter

Each mom and son must individually serve in a job or leadership position within the chapter. Positions rotate annually. Roles offer valuable experience and leadership opportunities.

5 Meetings

A structured four-year curriculum for young men covers a variety of life skills and brings in local speakers. Young men must attend at least 5 men’s meetings per year. Moms must attend at least 3 moms meetings per year.

Membership Fees

YMSL annual chapter dues and banquet fee.

Contact membership for more details.

Joining YMSL

Ready to take the next step?

Enrollment for new members takes place in January/February/March of the son’s 8th-grade year.

If you do not know anyone in YMSL, please contact us to assist you.

YMSL is a sponsorship organization, which means a prospective member needs to be sponsored by a current member of the chapter they wish to join.

If you would like to learn more about joining, please click the contact membership button below to send us a message. 

Our Chapter’s Membership Dates & Deadlines for Enrollment:
  • 01-18-2023Option 1 — Prospective Member Meeting – must attend 1; 6:30 pm; Old Bee Cave Schoolhouse
  • 02-09-2023Option 2 — Prospective Member Meeting – must attend 1; 6:30 pm; place TBA
  • 03-01-2023Prospective Member Letters of Intent Due
  • 03-07-2023New Member Notification
  • 03-17-2023New Member Registration Deadline

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Testimonials

It’s been amazing to see my shy quiet son blossom into a confident leader eager to speak at meetings. YMSL helped with character growth, I loved spending time with my son volunteering, I enjoyed the mom’s meetings, and YMSL even helped with college essays
Jennifer McKeown, son Logan (’21) Austin, TX
YMSL is the perfect vehicle for creating meaningful and memorable moments for my son and I to share! I know we will both look back on our time serving with YMSL as some of our favorite high school mother/son times together!
Amy Arnold, son Jace (’23) Austin, TX
YMSL has provided a medium for my son and I to spend quality time together while teaching a life long lesson of serving others.
Denise, Ezekiel (’22)Austin, TX

Leadership

Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

Shannon Gatlin

Board Member: President

Shannon Reiswig

Board Member: President Elect

Deborah Worrall

Board Member: First Vice President

Danielle Elliott

Board Member: Parliamentarian

Liliana Graver

Board Member: Secretary

Tracy Hensley

Board Member: Treasurer

Andrea Berens

Board Member: VP Communications

Amy Beckstead

Board Member: VP Membership

Jeanne Tognela

Board Member: VP Philanthropy

Jodi Gosnell

Board Member: VP Website

Sara Korzen

Board Member: VP Young Men Coordinator

Jennifer Halbrendt

Board Member: Assistant VP Membership

Jeannette Bledsoe

Board Member: Assistant VP Philanthropy

Tania Jedele

Board Member: Assistant Secretary

Chris Albrecht

Board Member: Assistant Treasurer

Leanna Dando

Board Member: Assistant VP Young Men Coordinator

Philanthropies we Serve

Some local philanthropies that we currently have the honor of partnering with

  • Bee Cave Friends of the Park
  • Bee Caves Arts Foundation
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Brookdale Senior Living Solutions
  • Caritas of Austin
  • CC4C
  • Central Texas Food Bank
  • Championship Hearts Foundation
  • City of Bee Cave
  • City of Lakeway
  • Community First/ Genesis Gardens
  • Destination Imagination
  • El Buen Samanitario
  • Friends of the Parks of Lakeway
  • Green Corn Project
  • Honor Flight of Austin
  • Lake Travis Community Library
  • Lake Travis Crisis Ministries
  • Lake Travis Thrift Shop
  • LT United Methodist
  • LTISD
  • LTlov
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes
  • Park Manor Bee Cave
  • Partners in Hope Lake Travis
  • Red Arena
  • Soldiers’ Angels
  • Special Olympics – Texas
  • Texas Advocacy Project
  • Twelve: thirty-one
  • Urban Roots Farm

If you are a philanthropy interested in partnering with our chapter, we would love to hear from you. Please use the contact our chapter button below. 

Contact our Chapter

We look forward to hearing from you about membership or how our members can serve your philanthropy and our community. Click the button below to contact our chapter.

If you are interested in joining our chapter, please use the contact membership button in the Join section.

To learn more about the YMSL National organization visit: YMSL.org

To see a full list of chapters visit: YMSL.org/find-a-chapter

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