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

Save the Date: Generation Left (February 12-14, 2016) in NYC

Young Democratic Socialists' national outreach conference is coming up! Save the date and stay tuned for more information.


The Red Letter: Spring 2015

The spring issue of YDS' quarterly newsletter is here! This issue includes a Save-the-Date announcement for Socialist Organizing Weekend 2015 (SOW15), a look into this issue's featured chapter, and more. We're mailing out copies soon to YDS members and chapter leaders, but you can also view and download a PDF version.

Reflection & Photos: YDS15

Young Democratic Socialists 2015: Toward a Democratic Left (#YDS15) took place between February 13-15 in New York City. Over 100 YDS and young DSA members registered and attended the event throughout the weekend. Attendees took part in over a dozen plenaries and workshops, including "Socialists at the Ballot Box," "Propaganda," "Organizing in the South," and more. Noelle Nieves Flynn, co-founder of Young Democratic Socialists - Northampton Community College, reflects on her time at YDS15 below:
Noelle Nieves Flynn, YDS_NCCThe only conferences I had ever been to before were sci-fi conferences, to accompany friends. When I heard about Young Democratic Socialists 2015, I decided that this was my chance to finally participate in something that I was personally passionate about: democratic socialism...