2022 YDSA Conference

The 2022 Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) Conference was held Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3 in Chicago. The theme of the 2022 conference is Solidarity Forever. Solidarity Forever alludes to the universally-loved union anthem, as well as YDSA’s mission to recruit and develop lifelong socialist organizers, whose training and experiences in YDSA empower them to lead struggles in DSA and broader movements. 

The YDSA Conference is an annual event for young socialists to gather for political education, organizing training, keynote speakers, panels, and more. Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) is the campus-focused youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).


Discounted, early-bird registration was open through February 25. In the unfortunate event that something comes up and you can no longer attend, we can refund the registration fee. Registration closed on March 11.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, registration was pending until the following protocols were met. To attend, you must:
  • Submit proof of full vaccination including booster
  • Submit a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling to the conference
  • Bring and wear a mask throughout the conference
After you register, we will email you forms to securely submit your proof of vaccination and negative test result. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us by emailing [email protected].

Scholarships and Solidarity Housing

Limited scholarship funding was available for travel, lodging, and/or scholarship costs. The scholarship deadline was Friday, February 18 by 11:59 PT.

There was also a limited amount of solidarity housing available thanks to the members of Chicago DSA. Solidarity housing request deadline has passed.


You can find a full tentative schedule here. We will share updates on speakers, panels, and workshops as they’re confirmed. Check this page for updates.


The conference was held in an ADA accessible venue. The venue also had COVID capacity limits to reduce the number of people in each room. After you register, you’ll be sent the address for the venue.

For anyone who is unable to attend in-person because of COVID or any other reason, YDSA livestreamed the major panels and speakers on the DSA YouTube channel.

If you have any accessibility questions, please email [email protected]. 


You can get in touch with us by emailing [email protected]. We welcome your questions and feedback!