Who we are & what we do
We are the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of recognized campus chapters and several hundred activists. We organize on college and high school campuses to fight for the immediate needs of workers and students, while building our capacity to fight for more radical and structural changes in the long term. Ultimately, we are part of the international struggle to build a better world, and we call the better society we are fighting for democratic socialism.
We are proud of our unique status as one of the few national, multi-issue left-wing student organizations in the United States. Twice a year we meet at our winter outreach conference and summer leadership retreat to share our experiences and build a national community. We encourage young socialists to explore social and political issues on our blog, The Activist.
Blog for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our blog online using #TheActivistYDS.
Quarterly newsletter for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our newsletter online using #RedLetterYDS.
Young Democratic Socialists is happy to welcome our newest Chapter at Princeton University! In their founding statement they highlighted the need on campus for an "organized left" to bring together the variety of progressive campaigns into a cohesive coalition for democratic socialism. They pointed out that "after the election of Donald Trump, a multi-voice, inclusive, and outspokenly left voice on campus" is a necessity to fight back against the right wing and attacks on workers, immigrants, and other vulnerable communities on campus.
Please join us in welcoming Ryan Mosgrove as our new Assistant Youth Organizer. Ryan will be working with the Young Democratic Socialists over the next three months to support our massive growth and our upcoming conference, Revolution at the Crossroads, this Presidents' Day Weekend (Feb 17-19) in New York City.