Who we are & what we do

We are the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of 20 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.

Latest News

Lamar Democratic Socialists on KFDM (Beaumont, TX)

Lamar Democratic Socialists (LDS) held a candlelight vigil in response to the Ferguson decision, and it was picked up by local news! Local news station KFDM reported on the event and interviewed a co-chair and member:



View the entire interview at the KFDM website. Read more

The Red Letter: Winter 2015

Red Letter Winter 2015The winter issue of YDS' quarterly newsletter is here! This issue includes contributions from the YDS-CC, including a Save-the-Date announcement for Young Democratic Socialists 2015, 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.

YDS Interview with Richard Wolff

wolff.jpg YDS National Organizer Betsy Avila recently sat down with Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics and visiting professor at The New School in New York. Wolff has recently appeared as the featured guest on Moyers & Company and Real Time with Bill Maher...Read more

Upcoming Events

YDS15: Toward an Intersectional Left

February 13, 2015 · $25.00 USD
The Murphy Institute in New York, NY

It's time for our generation to take a stand against capitalism. Join us for a weekend of exciting speakers, workshops and socializing with fellow young activists! Learn more: YDS15 Information & Schedule


TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP: Fill out our YDS15 Travel Scholarship Form (DEADLINE JAN 16) and visit our info page for more information on the scholarship and to find out how you can help grow the fund!