Young Socialists (Flanders)

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Young Socialists
Chairperson Aaron Ooms
Founded 2001 (2001) (Animo)
Headquarters Grasmarkt 105 /44
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Ideology Social democracy
Mother party Socialistische Partij Anders
International affiliation International Union of Socialist Youth
European affiliation Young European Socialists

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 ) the progressive youth movement Joengk.

In 2013, the organization changed its name to Jongsocialisten.[1]

Internal organization[edit]

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

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