Young Democratic Socialists of America is the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of recognized campus chapters and several hundred activists. We are students organizing in our universities, colleges, and high schools to fight for the immediate needs of workers and students while building our capacity to fight for more radical and structural changes.

We work with labor campaigns to organize student workers of staff. We organize to defend immigrants through campaigns for sanctuary campuses. We campaign to divest our schools from fossil fuels. We do anti-poverty work through local mutual aid programs in our communities, and much much more.

YDSA fights for democratic socialism through active campaigns to improve the lives of working people.

The 2018 YDSA Winter Conference will feature speakers and members from across the country to give reports and insights from the frontlines of transformative campaigns like Medicare for all, the sweep of socialist candidates, and the labor movement. Our workshops will be focused on concrete steps you can take in your community or school to build this movement. 

The DSA has options for tabling the conference for both internal groups and outside organizations. The deadline to apply for a table is Friday, February 5th. If you or your organization are interested in tabling the convention please fill out this form.


In preparation for the fall campus drive, YDSA has produced a new digital packet for campus chapters to use in building on their campus. It includes many new and original materials designed with feedback and support from YDSA leaders like you. It will help you as you go out and prepare to do outreach and organize around campaigns and build coalitions to carry forward your work. 



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

Report from YDSA Conference

The YDSA Convention was held on August 5th, 2017 during the 2017 DSA National Convention at University of Illinois-Chicago. This was an historic YDSA Convention in many ways, and was altogether a great success!

YDS Opposes the Criminalization of BDS

A bill was recently proposed that potentially poses a threat to a number of dedicated left-wing, anti-imperialist activists and their right to free speech. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720) seeks to criminalize the boycott of Israeli produced goods and services. Any evidence of politically motivated acts of boycott against Israel will be prosecuted. To boycott Israel is an expression of the First Amendment right to free speech.

The Story of a Successful Chapter

A YDS Chapter can quickly go from a small group of students with a common interest to a dynamic and successful chapter making real impacts on their community. Elliot Geary, Co-Chair of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga YDS, highlights both the ups and downs of starting a chapter, detailing how they set goals, formed relationships with other activist groups, resolved conflicts, and eventually gained a core group of students dedicated to their chapter.