Welcome to Lovejoy

Mothers & Sons Serving Together to Impact Their Local Community

Welcome to our 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. 


Want to Join?

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is complete.  We will begin registration for 2024-2025 in January 2024.  The  Annual Prospective Member Meeting will be held January 22, 2024 at 6:30pm at Creekwood United Methodist Church.   


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 27,000 members and young men as part of more than 153 chapters across 20 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 Mentor (Sponsor)

YMSL is a sponsorship organization; a prospective member needs to be mentored (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 is required annually at a variety of chapter-approved philanthropies. Half 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 meetings per year. Moms must attend at least 3 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:
  • 01-22-2024Prospective Member Meeting @ Creekwood United Methodist Church @ 6:30pm

Contact Membership


Every year, our time together becomes increasingly limited. YMSL has allowed us to spend precious hours together building deeper relationships with each other not only Mother and Son but Brother to Brother, all while serving our community.
Beth JohnsonLucas, TX
Serving together with my son through YMSL is a great way to spend quality time together and give back to the community. We have grown as individuals and experienced new opportunities as a part of this wonderful organization.
Chris OstertagAllen, TX
Working in YMSL with my mom has been an awesome experience. Being able to assist people in need and bond with my mom has been a huge part of my high school experience, and I have LOVED IT!
Gavin BlankenshipLucas, TX


Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

Cheraina Dunn

Board Member: President

Beth Johnson

Board Member: First Vice President

Lisa O’Dowd

Board Member: Parliamentarian

Pennie Langford

Board Member: Secretary

Sherrie Novotny

Board Member: Treasurer

Paige Owens

Board Member: VP Communications

Kayla Wood

Board Member: VP Membership

Jeannette Grazioli

Board Member: VP Philanthropy

Jodi Piccirillo

Board Member: VP Website

Amber Bennett-Hare

Board Member: VP Young Men Coordinator

Kalen Mainord

Board Member: Assistant VP Membership

Shay Kiper

Board Member: Assistant VP Philanthropy

Chris Ostertag

Board Member: Assistant Secretary

Amy Russell

Board Member: Assistant Treasurer

Julie Yow

Board Member: Assistant VP Young Men Coordinator

Philanthropies we Serve

Alphabetical List

  • ACO Organization
  • Amazing Grace Food Pantry
  • Austin Street Shelter
  • Bed Start
  • Blue Star Mothers of America
  • Community Garden Kitchen
  • Cornerstone
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Feed The City – Tango Tab
  • Friday Nite Friends @ Custer Rd. United Methodist Church
  • Impact 18 Academy
  • Kids Against Hunger
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Samaritan Inn
  • Special Olympics
  • St Jude Food Pantry
  • Streetside Shower
  • Vitality Senior Living

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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