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The Young Socialists (Dutch: Jongsocialisten) is an independent social-democratic youth organization in the Flemish Region in Belgium loosely connected to the Flemish party Socialistische Partij Anders (sp.a). From its launch in 2001 to September 2013, the organisation was known as Animo.
In 1978, the Belgian Socialist Party split apart along the language boundary between the francophone Wallonia and the Dutch-speaking Flanders. However, it wasn't before 2001 that the youth organization Young Socialists followed their mother parties, giving birth to the Wallonian Movement of Young Socialists (MJS) connected to the Socialist Party (PS) and the Flemish Animo. While MJS kept closely tied to its mother party, Animo decided to stay out of party politics and to run campaigns for their positions rather than any specific party.
In 2004, Animo founded with two other political youth organizations Jong Groen! and the social-liberal Jong Spirit (later L²) the progressive youth movement Joengk.
In 2013, the organization changed its name to Jongsocialisten.
The gender-balanced operative board is directly elected by all Young Socialist members every year and consists of eight board members, possibly some co-opted board members, and a chairperson.
- 2001-2003: Caroline Gennez
- 2003-2005: Laurent Winnock
- 2005-2009: Bram Boriau
- 2009-2011: Anke Gittenaer
- 2011-2013: Maite Morren
- 2013-2014: Sanne Doms
- Since 2014: Aaron Ooms
- Austria: Sozialistische Jugend, Sozialistische StudentInnen
- Belgium: Jongsocialisten, Jeunes socialistes
- Bulgaria: BSM, ELMA
- Croatia: FM SDP
- Cyprus: NEOS
- Czech Republic: Mladí Sociální Demokraté
- Denmark: Social Democratic Youth
- Estonia: Noor-sots
- Finland: Demarinuoret, SONK
- France: Jeunes Socialistes
- Germany: Jusos, SJD – Die Falken
- Greece: Neolaia PASOK
- Hungary: FiB
- Ireland: Labour Youth
- Italy: Young Democrats, Giovani Socialisti
- Latvia: JGS
- Lithuania: LSDJS
- Luxembourg: Jeunesses Socialistes
- Macedonia: SDMM
- Malta: Labour Youth Forum
- Netherlands: Jonge Socialisten
- Poland: FMS, FMUP
- Portugal: Juventude Socialista
- Romania: Tineretul Social Democrat
- Serbia: Democratic Youth, Social Democratic Youth
- Slovakia: Mladí sociálni demokrati
- Slovenia: Mladi Forum SD
- Spain: Juventudes Socialistas
- Sweden: S-Studenter, SSU
- Turkey: CHP Gençlik Kolları
- United Kingdom: Young Labour, Labour Students