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.

Latest News

YDS Highlights at the People's Summit


The Young Democratic Socialists were a huge part of the People's Summit in Chicago this past June 17-19, 2016. YDS co-ran the workshop "Raising Hell on Campus" and made DSA one of the most multi-generational groups! Everywhere YDS went, people were excited to see young activists. 

Join YDS at the People's Summit

The Young Democratic Socialists and the Democratic Socialists of America are excited to attend the People's Summit! We are joining the United Students Against Sweatshops, Student Labor Action Project, United States Student Association, and many more to mobilize the growing progressive energy unleashed by this election. 


YDS has a special student rate for the event and you can register here. Registration will cover some meals. Please check out the DSA event page for more details on travel scholarships, housing subsidies, and childcare. In addition, we are working securing low-cost dorm rooms for youth and students to stay at during the event.

The YDS 2016 Summer Conference!

The Young Democratic Socialists summer conference is fast approaching! We are hosting this event with the College Students for Bernie just outside of DC at the National 4-H Conference Center. Stay tune for more information. Contact yds(at)dsausa.org for more information!


From Sanders to the Grassroots

August 05, 2016 · $150.00 USD
National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chasve, MD

From Sanders to the Grassroots

"From Sanders to the Grassroots: Continuing the Political Revolution Among the Student Left" is a unique conference bringing together the Young Democratic Socialists and the College Students for Bernie. With millennials more open to democratic socialism than any other youth generation, these two groups are collaborating to best unite new progressive energy growing on campuses. Learn more here on the conference page of "From Sanders to the Grassroots."