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.

The Activist

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

The Red Letter

Quarterly newsletter for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our newsletter online using #RedLetterYDS.

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Start a YDS Chapter Today!


Starting a Young Democratic Socialists Chapter is easy! Just fill out this form to get the process started and a YDS leader will be in touch!

"From Sanders to the Grassroots" A Triumph in Socialist Unity


"From Sanders to the Grassroots" brought together over 50 students and youth activists from the Young Democratic Socialists, College Students for Bernie, and Student Labor Action Project. Numerous students joined YDS at the event and everyone left committed to YDS's national priority: Towards an Anti-Racist Socialism.

Join Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara at "From Sanders to the Grassroots"

Bhaskar.jpgYDS alumnus and Jacobin magazine editor Bhaskar Sunkara is one of the amazing speakers at "From Sanders to the Grassroots." He'll be joining Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, Bill Fletcher Jr., author and radical trade unionist, Chris Riddiough, national feminist activist, Maria Svart, National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Joseph Schwartz, a leading socialist intellectual.


See the full agenda here!