Welcome to Lake Oswego

Mothers & Sons Serving Together to Impact Their Local Community

Welcome to the Lake Oswego 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.

 

The 2021 Membership Drive has concluded.  Check back in January of 2022 for next year’s enrollment!

 

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:
  • 03-02-2021Our chapter membership drive has concluded. Check back next year!

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Testimonials

I love the inclusive nature of YMSL and the bonds that are strengthened not only with my own sons, but with other moms and sons who are here for the same purpose. It truly fills my heart.
KerryLake Oswego, OR
Love being in service of others alongside my son. Together we are making a difference, DIRECTLY impacting our community while being together, creating memories, away from work, school, phones, schedules, busyness— love this time with my boy!
ShannonLake Oswego, OR

Leadership

Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

Beth Swanson

Board Member: VP Young Men Coordinator

Stephanie Otto

Board Member: VP Website

Heather Anderson

Board Member: Assistant VP Young Men Coordinator

Amy Olson

Board Member: Assistant VP Membership

Lisa Gadd

Board Member: Treasurer

Robyn Lew

Board Member: Parliamentarian

Tracy Ramirez

Board Member: VP Philanthropy

Melissa Himmelman

Board Member: Assistant VP Philanthropy

Amanda Curdy

Board Member: President

Renee Winjum

Board Member: Assistant Treasurer

Kira Wehn

Board Member: First Vice President

Julie Gibson

Board Member: VP Communications

Molly Hemsley

Board Member: VP Membership

Kris DeVore

Board Member: Secretary

Philanthropies we Serve

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

  • Blanchet House
  • Children’s Book Bank
  • Down’s Syndrome Network Oregon
  • Fact Oregon
  • Family Promise of Tualatin Valley
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hunger Fighters
  • Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation-Friends Stewardship
  • Night Strike
  • Northwest Children’s Outreach
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Potluck in the Park
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • SOLVE
  • Special Olympics
  • The Springs Living at Carman Oaks
  • The Stafford Retirement Community
  • Tualatin Schoolhouse Pantry
  • With Love
  • 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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