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, future voters, activists, leaders, and candidates. The Young Democrats ofAmerica has been the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932, and is considereda 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, and future voters,engage them in peer-to-peer communication and education, and turn out the vote withtraditional and innovative 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 and for College students andthe under 18 population the “PLEDGE TO REG” program to expand and develop our member base in all50 states. It has been found that if young people pledge to register and/or vote for Democrats, they aremore likely to follow through, and more receptive to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) tactics approaching anelection. We then combine paid campaign operations in targeted areas with volunteer-led programsacross the country to get out the youth vote and raise awareness 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 continue