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

Student Labor Action Project Teams Up with YDS and CSFB this Summer!


In an unprecedented call for strategic unity, the Young Democratic Socialists and College Students for Bernie welcome the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) as a cosponsor for “From Sanders to the Grassroots.”


SLAP’s participation in the August 5th to 7th retreat makes it an even more important gathering for the future of the student left in the United States. Now, three major student organizations are teaming up this summer and beyond for a more united progressive movement on campuses.



"From Sanders to the Grassroots" Conference in the National News!

In an interview with The Chronicle for Higher Education, College Student for Bernie activist Alex Forgue covered many topics, but plugged the upcoming "From Sanders to the Grassroots" conference his group is cosponsoring with the Young Democratic Socialists.

Don't forget to register for the event here. Travel scholarship deadline is July 15th and you can apply here.

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. 

From Sanders to the Grassroots

August 05, 2016 · $100.00 USD
National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, 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."