2024 YDSA Convention

The 2024 YDSA Convention will be held online from July 19-21. Check this page frequently for updates!

Who can attend the Convention?

The YDSA convention is open to elected delegates from official YDSA chapters. The national DSA office will inform each official YDSA of the size of the delegation they can send to the convention. Delegation sizes will be proportionate to the number of dues-paying members in each chapter. Chapters will then hold elections to decide which members will represent them at the convention. All delegates must be dues-paying members of DSA. If you aren’t sure whether or not your chapter is official please check the chapter list here.

What happens at the Convention?

At the convention, delegates will debate and vote on pre-submitted resolutions and changes to the national YDSA constitution. Resolutions are directives for the national organization – adopt a national priority, organize a campaign, create a resource to support chapters, etc. The best resolutions are not just statements, they direct the organization to do something. Each resolution requires a simple majority vote of seated convention delegates to pass.

Constitutional changes are edits or additions to YDSA’s national constitution. Our constitution outlines our national leadership structure, membership requirements and much more. Each constitution change requires a 3/5 vote of seated convention delegates to pass.

Also at the convention we will elect a new National Coordinating Committee, or NCC. The NCC is comprised of 9 students from YDSA chapters who lead the organization outside the convention. They will create committees, run campaigns, plan national events, and do much more to sustain the national organization over the next year. The NCC has two co-chairs who also sit on DSA’s NPC, and seven at-large members.

Pre-Convention Timeline

Dates subject to change.

Sunday, March 3Primary Submissions and NCC nominations open
Sunday, March 24Chapter application deadline
Sunday, April 21Deadline for chapters to update their membership lists
Sunday, May 12Delegate election results due to national office
Sunday, May 19Primary submission deadline
Sunday, June 16Secondary submission and NCC nomination deadline
Friday, July 19Convention begins!