Welcome to East Dallas

Mothers & Sons Serving Together to Impact Their Local Community

Welcome to the East Dallas Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League. We have been making a difference in our community since 2018. 

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 100 chapters across 16 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:

    Contact Membership


    I worked the swim, golf, and bocce ball events for the Special Olympics. The athletes and their parents are amazing. I had a ton of fun and admire how hard they all work. I’m looking forward to working another event when it’s safe to gather.
    Grant C.East Dallas, TX
    YMSL helps all of our young men find new talents and skills. Supporting Special Olympics Athletes, chatting with elderly care residents, or helping feed our neighbors in need. YMSL gives the young men opportunities to serve and grow.
    Stephanie C.East Dallas, TX


    Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

    Jennifer Wooton

    Board Member: Assistant VP Young Men Coordinator

    Tracy McMillan

    Board Member: Assistant Secretary

    Teresa Thornburg

    Board Member: VP Young Men Coordinator

    Nikki Jordan

    Board Member: VP Philanthropy

    Jennifer Heckendorn

    Board Member: Parliamentarian

    Jen Adams

    Board Member: Assistant VP Membership

    Ericka Sample

    Board Member: VP Website

    Sara Hundley

    Board Member: President

    Debbie Kirby

    Board Member: Treasurer

    Carrie Bevers

    Board Member: First Vice President

    Amanda Cecil

    Board Member: Assistant VP Philanthropy

    Stephanie Closson

    Board Member: VP Membership

    Karen Rynes

    Board Member: VP Communications

    Jennifer Lark

    Board Member: Assistant Treasurer

    Pennie Marshall

    Board Member: Secretary

    Philanthropies we Serve

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

    • Better Block
    • Bonton Farms
    • Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls
    • C C Young
    • Crossroads Community Service
    • DFW Angels
    • East Dallas Boys and Girls Club
    • Feed My Starving Children
    • For the Love of the Lake
    • Heart House
    • Hunger Busters
    • Incarnation House
    • JL Long Beautification Group
    • Juliette Fowler Communities
    • Mockingbird Elementary
    • New Friends New Life
    • Project Christmas Spirit
    • Rainbow Days
    • Rays of Light
    • Salvation Army
    • Shared Housing Center, Inc.
    • Special Olympics of Texas
    • Texas Trees Foundation
    • Ultimate Gift
    • Woodrow Wilson High School
    • Woodrow Wilson Peace Pantry
    • Wreaths Across America

    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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