YDS15 Information & Schedule



It’s time for our generation to take action. Young people are disproportionately affected by the effects of neoliberal policies: students are taking on more loans to cover skyrocketing tuition, young people of color face racial profiling and discrimination by law enforcement, and too many young adults continue to drift between unemployment and underemployment. It’s time we took a stand against capitalism.

Word on the street is that youth are not politically engaged; we are apathetic, we don’t vote. NBC News recently asked “Where are the Millennials?” referring to our low turnout in the mid-term elections. But these statements ignore the fact that youth and students have always stood at the front of major political movements, and will stand at the front of the fight against capitalism. YDS is proof that we are working for real change: we demand political leaders who inspire us and will be accountable to us, and we are building our movement out in the streets.

2014 YDS Conference
2014 YDS Conference
Help start the movement! Join us at YDS15 this February and meet fellow, like-minded students and young activists for a weekend of exciting workshops, plenaries and socializing.


There are many ways to get to New York City, but we understand many students and young adults are on a budget! Please review the following wallet-friendly suggestions for getting to YDS15:

TRAVEL: For those traveling by air, check out this page for tips on booking the most affordable flights into JFK, LGA or EWR. You may also want to consider traveling by bus on BoltBus or Megabus, or carpooling with a nearby DSA or nearby YDS chapter that might be driving in from your area!

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP (CLOSED): Though we cannot waive the conference registration fee, we can help cover travel costs in some cases. Preference is given to DSA/YDS members (Not yet a member? Join here at the student rate of only $20/year). Fill out the Travel Scholarship form here: bit.ly/1ALQMb0

>>> Help raise contributions to the Youth Scholarship Fund: You can help raise your Travel Scholarship prize and help others get to YDS15 by encouraging others to contribute to the Youth Scholarship Fund, which funds our Travel Scholarships. Share the following link with friends, family and professors and kindly ask them to contribute (donations of $100+ receive a special "thank you" print in the event program, and all donations are tax deductible): bit.ly/1umxsfX

HOUSING: We recommend you first explore your personal networks to see if you might know someone (or someone who knows someone) in New York City. We may be able to help find local supporter housing (CURRENTLY FULL), though spaces are extremely limited. You can also search for affordable hostels in Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn. If you have the means to stay in a hotel or motel, please do book at a union establishment (see HTC or UNITE HERE to find union hotels).


Schedule subject to changes and updates.
Friday, February 13, 2015
6PM: Registration & Welcome
7PM: Red & Blue: A Socialist Response to Police Brutality
Saturday, February 14, 2015
9AM: Registration & Breakfast
10AM: What is Democratic Socialism?
12PM: Understanding Intersectionality
2:30PM: Education Workshops (Block 1):
              - Adv. Democratic Socialism
              - Anti-Racism & Transculturalism
              - Gender & Sexuality
3:45PM: Skills Workshops (Block 1):
              - 7 Habits of Highly Effective Chapters
              - Building Movement Leaders
              - Mass Student Movements
5:00PM: YDS In Action!
8PM: LOVE FOR JUSTICE: YDS15 Valentine's Day Party!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
9:30AM: Registration & Breakfast
10:30AM: Socialists at the Ballot Box
12:15PM: Skills Workshops (Block 2):
              - Coalition Work & Solidarity
              - Propaganda
              - Organizing in the South, Y'all
1:30PM: Education Workshops (Block 2):
              - How Capitalism Values Bodies: Identifying and Fighting Ableism
              - Working Class Criminalization
              - ¡Sí se puede! Exploitation, Immigration & Unions
2:30PM: Goodbyes!

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)