The Young Democrats of America (YDA) was founded in 1932 as the official youth arm of the Democratic Party of the United States. YDA maintains a close and strong relationship with Democratic National Committee, although it now operates as a separate organization following the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act
YDA membership elects seven national officers biannually at the organization's National Convention in odd-numbered years and two DNC representatives in even-numbered years. These officers maintain the day-to-day management of the organization. The officers were elected at the 2015 YDA National Convention in Los Angeles.
Between national conventions, the governing body of YDA is the National Committee which is composed of the president, the national committeeman and committeewoman of each chartered state federation, along with the chairs of the twelve constituency caucuses and the eight regional directors.
The President, Democratic National Committeeman, and Democratic National Committeewoman are automatic members of the Democratic National Committee, and superdelegates to any Democratic National Convention occurring during their terms.
What We Do
There are three components to a political party:
The elected and appointment members of the party who hold public office -- and are the movers and shakers of governments
The party as an organization –the committees, leaders and activists who work to promote issues and policies that are important to the party, and the candidates
And the citizens who support the party through voting.
As a member of CCYD, you can be an influential driver in all three of these components.
Individuals who are engaged in CCYD learn the hands-on nuts and bolts of managing a progressively themed campaign from their time with the organization. Soon after, they use that experience to make a personal run for office – or serve as key staff and consultant to a future candidate. The impact of your time with CCYD pays dividends personally, professionally and furthers the cause of winning important progressive campaigns.
The opportunity to influence policy and public perception is always available at CCYD. As a “boots on the ground” activist, committee leader, or one of CCYD’s leadership team, you’ll have endless chances to address your passions and start to make the world a better place now and in the future.
And, you will become a better informed citizen and voter through continual access to candidates and elected leaders.
CCYD is an organization dedicated to the progressive causes that matter most to you. Some members enjoy being a one of a force of many. Others want to gain leadership skills. And some want to lead today. CCYD is the space that can make those opportunities come to life.
So, what matters most to you? Contact us today and start making a difference. For you. For your family. Now. And in the future.