Who we are & what we do

We are the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of about fifteen 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.

The Activist

Blog for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our blog online using #TheActivist.

The Red Letter

Quarterly newsletter for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America.

Latest News

YDS Statement on Hong Kong Protests

Umbrella-wielding protesters barraged with pepper spray / Mashable

We support and are inspired by the student protesters in Hong Kong... Read more

The Red Letter: Fall 2014


The fall issue of YDS' quarterly newsletter is here! This issue includes contributions from our newly elected YDS-Coordinating Committee, including a reflection on the 2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend, a look into this issue's featured chapter, and more. We're mailing out copies soon to YDS members and chapter leaders, but you can also view and download a PDF version.

Reflection & Photos: 2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend

The 2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend took place in Bolivar, PA between August 7-10. Over 54 YDS and young DSA members, current members and newcomers, were able to attend, making SOW14 one of the largest attended summer leadership retreat in recent YDS history. Attendees took part in over a dozen workshops, plenaries, and self-organized meetings including "Intro to Marxist Thought," "Building Better Leaders," "Advanced Online Organizing," and more. Attendees also took part in planned social activities, providing attendees with opportunities to network and have fun! Femi Agbabiaka, newly elected member of the YDS-CC, reflects on his time at SOW14 below.

When I made the decision to attend the YDS summer conference in Bolivar, PA, I had no idea what to expect. In the weeks beforehand I was working so much that I nearly forgot that I was going to the conference until a few days before hand. What I found there was revolutionary... Read more