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

Time Running Out for Cheap YDS16 Registration Rates


We are just a few days away from the Iowa caucuses! As excited as we are for Bernie, we don’t want you to forget that in one week the registration rates for Generation Left will go up! Register here by February 5th and save at least $10.


The full program of Generation Left: Millennials Building the Next Socialist Movement is now online. The event speakers reflect a wide range of viewpoints and topics on the progressive and socialist movements. You'll hear about continuing the Sanders revolution; the rise of the radical Right; fighting for gender and sexual liberation and justice; the basics of democratic socialism; and much more. For a select list, see below. For the complete agenda, click here.

Generation Left is Coming this President's Weekend (2/12-14)!

Join us for our annual national gathering of young socialist activists this President’s Day Weekend, February 12-14, 2016, in New York. The conference, Generation Left: Millennials Building the Next Socialist Movement,” will be held at the Mayday Community Space, 176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237. To register, click here.

Solidarity with the Muslim Community

A statement by the YDS Coordinating Committee, drafted by Kayla Pace.

History has shown us that fear-mongering and hatred towards certain minority groups is nothing new when it comes to political elections. Various societies over different periods of time have shown this to be true. A notable example is the hatred directed towards the Jewish community by the Nazis in Germany. Unfortunately, this year has proven that fear-mongering tactics are not for the history books but something we, as Democratic Socialists, need to fight in our current political climate. While many citizens across the nation are crying out for a Sanders presidency and the institution of more socialist policies, other more conservative Americans are crying out for Donald Trump. Young Democratic Socialists reprimands Trump’s strong anti-Muslim sentiments. In recent comments he has stated there needs to be surveillance of Muslim communities; this surveillance would potentially include a database to track them and specialized identification cards. These ideas are appalling to our ideology as socialists, and we must work tirelessly to dismiss his anti-Muslim rhetoric and show that the “values” he is spreading are not American. As a country, we should not support a candidate that is actively spreading hate among certain groups of American citizens.

Upcoming Events

YDS16: Generation Left

February 12, 2016 · $25.00 USD
Mayday Community Space in Brooklyn, NY


RSVP for "Generational Left: Millennials Building the Next Socialist Movement" on Facebook!

It's time for millennials to take a stand for democratic socialism. Join us for a weekend of exciting speakers, workshops and socializing with fellow young activists! Learn more: Generation Left Information & Schedule