Join us for our annual summer retreat Thursday, August 8th through Sunday, August 11th for a weekend filled with socializing with other young socialists, participate in theory and skills-based workshops, and determine and vote on our national campaigns!
The 99%'s got problems: Rising student debt, low wages, climate change, racial profiling, rape culture, and corporate welfare, just to name a few. These problems stem from vast inequality created by capitalism; what's worse--these problems are perpetuated and reinforced every day through classism, patriarchy, racism, and heteronormativity.
In order to build a strong youth movement, we must address the structural problems of capitalism head-on as politically conscious activists. That's why we gather at the YDS Summer Conference--to build a collective, democratic, and inclusive vision of a better future, and empower you to transform your school and community to meet the needs of everyone, not just the privileged few.
We’re featuring brand new programming for the Summer Conference for new and veteran YDS’ers, along with some Summer Conference classics:
- Bring Your Own Workshop: That’s right, you can now suggest a workshop for the YDS Summer Conference. Share your knowledge and expertise of Socialist Feminism, History of the Labor Movement, Ecosocialism, Democratic Socialism, Social Media Strategies, and more.
- Workshopping Chapters: Get individual attention for your chapter to assess its development with advice from seasoned organizers on leadership, recruitment, and campaign planning specific to your chapter and community!
- Anti-Oppression Caucuses & Ally Groups: Share your experiences and strategies for combating oppression; each caucus has a respective ally group; caucuses include Self-identified Women’s Caucus, People of Color Caucus, LGBTQ Caucus, & Working Class Caucus.
- Vote for the next Coordinating Committee & Activist Agenda Item: Participate in our democratic election of new leadership for the Coordinating Committee and determine our next national campaign!
- Free Housing & Travel Scholarship Opportunities: We will provide free housing in DC, and if you're traveling we will have an option on the registration page to apply for a travel scholarship to subsidize your travel costs.