2022 YDSA Conference

The 2022 Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) Conference will be 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 Winter 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 is open through February 18, 2022. In the unfortunate event that something comes up and you can no longer attend, we can refund the registration fee. Registration will close on March 11. Click here to register!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, registration is pending until the following protocols are 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 is available for travel, lodging, and/or scholarship costs. The scholarship deadline is Friday, February 18 by 11:59 PT. Please fill out this form to request a scholarship.

There is also a limited amount of solidarity housing available thanks to the members of Chicago DSA. Please fill out this form to request to stay with a member in Chicago during the conference.

Workshops and Speakers

We will share updates on workshops and speakers as they’re confirmed. Check this page for updates.


Like many other things in YDSA, volunteers make this conference a meaningful, engaging and safe experience for every attendee. We need all hands on deck to make sure that Winter Conference has the best programming possible. Right now, the Winter Conference Committee is brainstorming workshop ideas and recruiting workshop leaders and design volunteers. Please make suggestions and volunteer to run a workshop or do design work! 

Workshop Interest Form: https://forms.gle/ZJdRK5Y1GRDaiaKW6
Design Interest Form: ​​https://forms.gle/RV5R2R2H6nqLVAFPA 


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