Welcome to Northeast Atlanta

Mothers & Sons Serving Together to Impact Their Local Community

Finding time to spend with your teenage son is a challenge. When you join YMSL, you commit to spending quality time together with your son serving your community.  

The Northeast Atlanta Chapter was established in 2009, as one of the first chapters in the Atlanta area. Over time, we have developed relationships with 24 philanthropies and proudly offer a huge variety of opportunities to serve with your son. For example…

  • cook & serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House
  • deliver meals to seniors with Meals on Wheels
  • clean local roads with Adopt a Road
  • build container homes in downtown Atlanta at Jars of Clay
  • teach kids with disabilities to ride a bike with I Can Bike
  • deliver furniture to the newly housed with Fully Furnished Ministries
  • honor & serve our Johns Creek Veterans with dinner (just to name a few).

The large range of philanthropies that we partner with makes it easy to find a ‘favorite’ with your son, while exploring new ways to help our community. Our calendar provides a myriad of choices on weekdays or weekends, plus a huge number of opportunities during the summer.

Another unique aspect of our Northeast Atlanta Chapter is the broad range of high schools represented in our membership. We currently have members from 13 high schools, which offers you and your son the opportunity to meet and establish relationships with others from all over the North Atlanta area. Making new friends outside of the school environment is a huge bonus of the Northeast Atlanta Chapter. Outside of YMSL, our members often run into each other on the sports fields, at performing arts competitions, working at camp and eventually in their college dorms or classes.

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 so much more. The Northeast Atlanta Chapter aims to teach our young men real world skills in a ‘hands-on’ manner. Boys might learn…

  • grilling safety while cooking out with their class
  • grocery shopping skills on a poverty-level budget as a team
  • meet our local veterans and hear their stories at Veterans Memorial Park
  • basic automotive knowledge for road-side assistance and emergencies.

Our chapter offers a variety of meeting options as well, with some meetings held as a class, others as a whole chapter and one annually with several other Atlanta Area chapters.

We hope you will consider joining us in the Northeast Atlanta Chapter. 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 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:
  • 01-31-2024Sponsor Forms for Potential Members (PMs) are due
  • 02-04-2024At 4pm (in person) OR 2/7/24 (virtual) at 7pm: Potential Member Meeting (Attendance is REQUIRED)
  • 03-01-2024Deadline for PM to sign formal Letter of Intent to join the chapter
  • 03-07-2024Enrollment for New Members begins (ends 3/15)
  • 04-28-2024At 4pm: New Member Orientation

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Senior year kicks off serving in YMSL. Love spending time together helping others.
Misti and Hudson HowieDuluth, GA
YMSL is a great way I can serve in my community. It feels good to see the different ways I can help.
Kevan ThieriotJohns Creek, GA


Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

Meredith Jamieson

Board Member: President

Amber Moore

Board Member: President Elect

Pamela Menefee

Board Member: First Vice President

Brandi Nickerson

Board Member: Parliamentarian

Elizabeth Ridenour

Board Member: Secretary

Christy Hill

Board Member: Treasurer

Vishali Karnik

Board Member: VP Communications

Kelly Morehouse

Board Member: VP Membership

Julie Samsel

Board Member: VP Philanthropy

Leena Thieriot

Board Member: VP Website

Misti Howie

Board Member: VP Young Men Coordinator

Christine Wolfe

Board Member: Assistant VP Membership

Liz Hayde

Board Member: Assistant VP Philanthropy

Vicki Renner

Board Member: Assistant Secretary

Tara Givins

Board Member: Assistant Treasurer

Jennifer Sobocinski

Board Member: Assistant VP Young Men Coordinator

Philanthropies we Serve

Alphabetical List

  • 7 Bridges (7BR)
  • Adopt A Road (AAR)
  • Atlanta Mission (AM)
  • Autrey Mill Nature Center (AMNC)
  • Champions Community Foundation
  • Fully Finished Ministries
  • Garden House of 7 Bridges (Garden)
  • Habitat for Humanity – Gwinnett (HHG)
  • Homestretch
  • iCan Shine ~ iCan Bike Training (SO-BT)
  • Imagine Me Academy (Anita Lane Ministries)
  • InCommunity
  • Johns Creek Veterans Association (JCVA)
  • Mary Hall Freedom Village
  • Meals By Grace
  • Meals on Wheels – Senior Services of N Fulton (MOW)
  • Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries
  • North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC)
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Second Helpings Atlanta
  • Senior Services of N Fulton – BINGO (SSNF)
  • Special Olympics
  • Special Pops Tennis (SPOPS)
  • Students Helping Students – Clothing Drive (SHS)
  • Sunrise Senior Living – Ivey Ridge (SR-IR)
  • YMCA – Robert D. Fowler Branch (YMCA)

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

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