Young Democratic Socialists of America is the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of recognized campus chapters and several hundred activists. We are students organizing in our universities, colleges, and high schools to fight for the immediate needs of workers and students while building our capacity to fight for more radical and structural changes.

We work with labor campaigns to organize student workers of staff. We organize to defend immigrants through campaigns for sanctuary campuses. We campaign to divest our schools from fossil fuels. We do anti-poverty work through local mutual aid programs in our communities, and much much more.

YDSA fights for democratic socialism through active campaigns to improve the lives of working people.

The Activist

YDSA’s Labor Strategy Should Be About Recruitment

Jacob W argues that YDSA’s labor strategy should be about convincing students and workers to become socialists rather than convincing socialists to change careers. YDSA needs a strategy that is regionally flexible & emphasizes outward facing organizing. This piece was originally republished in The Organizer. One of the labor proposals passed at the 2019 YDSA convention…

Call for Submissions: 2020 YDSA Convention

YDSA will hold its annual convention this summer from July 31st to August 2nd. Hundreds of members representing chapters across the country will collectively decide the direction of our organization for the coming year. Discussion and debate are crucial components of democracy. We must be clear about what we think we should do in order…

A Cross-CUNY Strategy

The City University of New York used to be free for most students. Only students, faculty, and workers organizing together on all of its campuses can win public education back. By Jatnna De La Cruz