Welcome to YMSL

Redwood Chapter!


YMSL National

Young Men's Service League is a non-profit organization that initiates and encourages young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community and provides an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships.

YMSL Redwood Chapter

Launched in 2012, YMSL Redwood is the 2nd YMSL chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Our members are from the communities of San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and the surrounding areas. Current membership includes over 100 mothers and their high school-aged sons.

The 3 Pillars of YMSL – Philanthropy, Leadership and Education

YMSL focuses on providing teenage boys with the opportunities to volunteer in the community alongside their mothers, improve their leadership skills, and develop new life skills. In addition to philanthropy work, boys attend five meetings a year with their grade level. Meetings are used to expand their knowledge and experience in a variety of topics including practical life skills, social skills, civic responsibility and philanthropy. Additionally, each mother and son holds a position of responsibility in the chapter.

YMSL Redwood works with a wide array of philanthropies including American Cancer Society, Bike Exchange, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Family Connections, Lytton Gardens Senior Center, My New Red Shoes, Ravenswood Education Foundation, Save the Bay, Shelter Network, Special Olympics, St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room, There With Care, Veggielution and Village Harvest.

Requirements and Responsibilities

  • Membership is a 4-year commitment beginning freshman year of high school
  • Members serve a minimum of 20 hours per year of community service, with a majority of the hours served together as a mother/son team
  • All mothers and sons are required to participate in leadership positions or committee assignments
  • Boys are required to attend 5 of 7 boys yearly meetings and mothers are required to attend 3 mothers meetings per year


We invite you to find out more information about YMSL Redwood by contacting our membership VP, Susie Vick atdingo65@sbcglobal.net