About Us

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.


Start a Chapter!

YDSA is a democratic socialist organization with chapters at schools across the country. Our members work in their campus and community to fight for progressive socialist values. We strive to build an organization that works across the whole campus community, with students, faculty, campus workers and everyone affected by capitalism. Are you interested in starting a YDSA chapter at your high school, college, or university? Follow this link, and an organizer will reach out to you soon about next steps. 


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.