Introduction to the Young Democrats of America
Building Infrastructure For The Young VoterRevolution
The Young Democrats of America (YDA) is the nation’s largest youth-led, partisan, politicalorganization. YDA mobilizes young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoralprocess as voters, activists, leaders, and candidates. The Young Democrats of America hasbeen the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932, and is considered a non-federal 527 political organization.YDA has over 2,000 local chapters in all 50 states with over 200,000 members, includingmiddle school, high school, and college students, young workers, young professionals, andyoung families, reflecting the broad diversity of our nation and the Democratic Party. Ourprograms engage Young Democrats through their local county, college, or middle and highschool chapters, through state and regional programming, and nationally through campaignsand issue advocacy work and at our national conferences and convention.YDA’s goal is to build a generation of young Democratic voters. Dubbed the Young VoterRevolution, our campaigns use a tested field model to identify young voters, engage them inpeer-to-peer communication and education, and turn out the vote with traditional andinnovative methods.YDA is committed to electing Democrats up and down the ballot, in red and blue states, aswell as engaging in electoral strategies around key ballot initiatives. We also work with alliedorganizations nationally and in our targeted states to maximize outreach and resources.Our campaigns utilize an ambitious “VOTE DEMOCRAT” pledge program to expand and develop ourvoter contact base in all 50 states. It has been found that if young people pledge to vote forDemocrats, they are more likely to turn out to the polls on Election Day, and more receptive to Get OutThe Vote (GOTV) tactics approaching an election. We then combine paid campaign operations intargeted areas with volunteer-led programs across the country to get out the youth vote for Democrats.
Infrastructure & Sustainability
The Young Democrats of America is a national organization that connects local and statechapters to a national organization and movement. All of our local chapters are chartered notonly with the national YDA organization, but also with their state “parent” organization. It iscrucial to charter with your state and remain in contact so that your local chapter can continueto be engaged in state issues and campaigns, network with other local chapters in your area,and learn of national campaigns and events that will be disseminated through your stateorganization. Each state elects a State President, a National Committeewoman, and a NationalCommitteeman that represents your local interests to the National Committee of YDA.