"Our generation is committed to public service and giving back to our communities," said YDNC President Sam Spencer. "The Democratic Party is the party that gives young Americans the opportunity to serve. President Obama passed the Serve America Act to expand national service programs and create jobs for young Americans, he signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which kept teachers and public servants in good jobs, and he has worked to make college more affordable so students can get the education they need to serve their communities."
YDNC Vice President Gabriel Seth Koch gives blood in Charlotte.
In less than 24 hours, President Sam Spencer, Treasurer Justin Conley, and 11th District Chair Corey Duvall traveled the 650 miles from Murphy to Manteo. The caravan reached 31 counties on August 4th - starting in Cherokee County (the westernmost) and ending in Dare County (the easternmost). By the time the caravan got back to Charlotte on Sunday, they had traveled 1300 miles though 54 counties - over half of the state. The group had a lot of fun along the way:
More importantly, the focus of the weekend was celebrating the service-minded spirit of the Millennial Generation. Service was a major component of the weekend; as the Macon News reported, "Young Democrats from across the state came together to make a difference in their communities. Gaston Young Democrats helped distribute school supplies; Mecklenburg Young Democrats donated blood; Guilford Young Democrats collected cans to combat a shortage at the local food bank; and Young Democrats from Asheville to Wilmington registered voters."
South Carolina Young Democrats President Ophelia Doe and many other SCYDs joined in on the fun and came out help reelect President Obama. While the Chairman of the RNC was 20 minutes up the road to open a new Republican office in Mecklenburg County, Young Democrats were mobilizing local voters.
The day also celebrated North Carolina's historic number of youth Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Vibhav Kollu, an active YDA member and NC's youngest delegate, spoke to Fox Charlotte about what it meant to be a delegate. DNC Delegate Joy Cook collected many of the best tweets from the day, and Tori Taylor from the Democratic National Convention Committee joined YDNC at many of the stops.
Finally, everyone was happy to celebrate the 51st birthday of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama! Now that we've traveled the state for the first #YDDay, members can't wait to do it again next year!
Buncombe Young Democrats woke up at 7:30 AM to have coffee with Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and register voters.