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.
Blog for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our blog online using #TheActivistYDS.
Quarterly newsletter for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our newsletter online using #RedLetterYDS.
YDS alumnus and Jacobin magazine editor Bhaskar Sunkara is one of the amazing speakers at "From Sanders to the Grassroots." He'll be joining Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, Bill Fletcher Jr., author and radical trade unionist, Chris Riddiough, national feminist activist, Maria Svart, National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Joseph Schwartz, a leading socialist intellectual.
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.
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.