Leadership Positions & Opportunities


Like DSA, Young Democratic Socialists is proudly grassroots funded and member-run. Our members play a critical role in the leadership and growth of our organization by participating in elected and skill-or-interest-based volunteer positions.
YDS-Coordinating Committee (YDS-CC)
These positions are electoral positions voted into annually by YDS members.
Kayla Pace, Co-Chair
Spencer Brown, Co-Chair
Meghan Brophy, At-large member
Jack Suria Linares, At-large member
Andrew Shelton, At-large member
Hannah Zimmerman, At-large member
The Activist Editorial Committee (#TheActivistYDS)
Sean Bailey, Editor
Social Media Leaders
David Duhalde, Twitter Lead
The Red Letter (#RedLetterYDS)
Dustin Guastella, Design & Layout Editor


Interested in getting involved? Looking to build your resume? In addition to looking for chapter leaders, we are always looking for students with the following skills and interests for volunteer leadership roles within YDS:

  • The Activist Editors/Contributors
  • Artists/Graphic Designers/Cartoonists
  • Social Media Leaders
  • Videographers
  • Other skills or interests? Let us know!

Positions last for an academic semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) with the option of being renewed. View position descriptions here!

APPLY: To apply for a non-electoral YDS Leadership Position, send a copy of your resume as well as a cover letter in the body of the email to the YDS National Organizer (yds@dsausa.org). Specify within your cover letter your interest in the position as well as any relevant experience you may have. In certain cases, we are happy to help you receive credit through your academic institution for your time.

Priority for leadership roles given to YDS members. Not yet a member? Join today!

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)