2018 Summer Convention

The 2018 annual YDSA Summer Convention will take place in Minneapolis, MN from August 3-5, 2018! At the convention, YDSA members from across the country will gather to make key decisions that will inform the work of YDSA for the next year, and elect a new National Coordinating Committee (NCC). YDSA members will also get to attend skills trainings and learn from other young socialists in order to hit the ground running for the 2018-2019 academic year.

This page contains logistical information about the convention, as well as guidelines for submitting resolutions, amendments, and nominations for the next NCC.


If your YDSA chapter has received a charter from the YDSA National Coordinating Committee and that charter has not expired or otherwise been nullified, then you are eligible to send a voting delegation of at least one delegate and one non-voting alternate to the 2018 YDSA Summer Convention! Please click here for more information on electing and submitting your chapter’s delegation. Delegates must be present at the convention in order to vote.

Please note that your chapter must have applied for chapter status by June 1, 2018 in order to be eligible to attend the summer convention.


Only elected delegates and non-voting alternates from nationally recognized YDSA chapters can attend the 2018 Summer Convention.

All elected delegates and non-voting alternates will be emailed a registration link. If you believe you should have received a registration link, please email anna@dsausa.org.

Information regarding housing and travel scholarships will be available in the coming weeks.

Travel Scholarships

Deadline for air travel scholarships: June 24, 2018

Deadline for land travel scholarships: July 15, 2018

NCC Elections

YDSA elects its own national leadership every year in the form of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC). The NCC directs the activities, fundraising, publications, education, general political direction and coalition work of YDSA. The NCC is composed of two co-chairs and four at-large members. The co-chairs of YDSA share a seat on the National Political Committee of DSA as well as the National Steering Committee. At least 50% of the NCC must be self-identified women or gender non-binary (including one of the co-chairs), and at least 50% of the NCC must be people of color.

In order to be considered an eligible candidate for the NCC, a candidate must:

  • Be an official YDSA member (be a dues-paying DSA member on the membership list of a nationally recognized, chartered YDSA chapter)
  • Receive no fewer than five (5) nominations from individual members
  • Be 29 years of age or younger
  • Review and agree to the YDSA Collective Accountability Agreement
  • Accept the nomination

YDSA will elect two (2) Co-Chairs and four (4) At-Large members for the NCC at the Convention. Candidates may choose to run for Co-Chair or At Large.

Ideal candidates for the National Coordinating Committee should be willing to devote time to doing national work for YDSA, even if that means de-prioritizing local work. NCC members are encouraged to refrain from studying abroad or living outside the United States during their time on the committee.

Co-Chairs will be asked to make a significantly greater time commitment than at-large members. Only candidates who are willing to devote 10-12 hours a week to national YDSA work should consider running for Co-Chair.

Candidates for Co-Chair will be voted on first at the YDSA Conference election. Any candidates that do not win their election for Co-Chair will be added to the pool of candidates for At-Large seats.

The NCC especially encourages women, gender non-binary people, and people of color to run.

The deadline to submit NCC nominations is midnight on July 20, 2018.

 To nominate a candidate for NCC, please complete the nomination form.

Resolutions and Amendments

YDSA will also be taking submissions for resolutions and amendments to the YDSA National Constitution.

Resolutions are documents that either inform the policy of Young Democratic Socialists of America or direct the organization or the National Coordinating Committee to take some sort of clear action. Resolutions cannot compel the organization to violate the constitution or bylaws of YDSA or DSA (that would require an amendment). Resolutions must receive 50% plus 1 of eligible votes at the conference itself to pass.

Amendments are documents that change or add language to the YDSA Constitution or Bylaws. Amendments considered at the YDSA convention can NOT amend the DSA constitution, or the parts of the YDSA constitution pursuant to the DSA constitution. Amendments must receive 3/5ths of eligible votes at the conference itself to pass.

The deadline to submit resolutions and amendments is midnight on June 22, 2018.

Submission form for Resolutions can be found here.

Submission form for Amendments can be found here

All submissions for resolutions and amendments require one (1) sponsor and two (2) signatories. The sponsor is the principal author and will control the draft through the process of coming to a vote at the YDSA convention. The signatories may or may not agree en total with the content and substance of the resolution, but do want to see the submission reach the floor of the conference.

For questions or any additional information please contact Anna Bonomo at anna@dsausa.org.