Welcome to the Highland Park Chapter

Mothers & Sons Serving Together to Impact Their Local Community

Welcome to the HP Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League!

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:
  • 02-09-2022Prospective New Member Meeting
  • 03-01-2022Prospective Member Letter of Intent Due
  • 03-05-2022Confirmation Email sent to new members

Contact Membership


With 3 boys, this is my 7th year volunteering side by side with my boys. The YMSL experience has instilled a work ethic of giving back to our community.
KayDallas, TX
Volunteering for our YMSL philanthropies with my son is creating memories to last a lifetime while giving back to our community
HeatherDallas, TX
YMSL has provided a platform for me to spend quality time with all three of my boys and help instill in them the responsibility and fulfillment in service to others.
LynleyDallas, TX


Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

Heather Staunton

Board Member: VP Website

Kristin Halsey

Board Member: Assistant VP Young Men Coordinator

Vanessa Sloan

Board Member: Assistant VP Philanthropy

Deedee Selner

Board Member: VP Young Men Coordinator

Rebecca Heck

Board Member: Parliamentarian

Elaine Barden

Board Member: Assistant VP Membership

Paige Sowden

Board Member: First Vice President

Lisa Stephens

Board Member: Treasurer

Christina Lindwall

Board Member: President

Emily Sacher

Board Member: VP Philanthropy

Kasey Bond

Board Member: Secretary

Meg Salter

Board Member: Assistant VP Philanthropy

Kay Herring

Board Member: VP Communications

Maryann Denton

Board Member: VP Membership

Sheridan Pettit

Board Member: Assistant Secretary

Philanthropies we Serve

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

  • Bonton Farms
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
  • Buddy Bowl
  • Child Care Group
  • Community Partners of Dallas
  • Dickinson Place
  • Heart House Dallas
  • Jubilee
  • Juliette Fowler Communities
  • Meals on Wheels
  • New Friends New Life
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • Rainbow Days
  • Ronald McDonald House Of dallas
  • S.M. Wright Foundation
  • Salvation Army
  • SPARK!
  • Special Olympics
  • Stewpot
  • Texas Ramp Project
  • Union Gospel Mission – Calvert Place Men’s Shelter
  • United to Learn
  • Voice of Hope
  • YMSL Ultimate Gift
  • Young Life Capernaum
  • Youth Believing In Change

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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