YDA 101: Intro to YDA

New to the Young Democrats of America? Below you'll find some resources on how YDA functions, opportunities in which you can engage, and how your role helps fulfill the mission of YDA.


Organizational Outline and Guidebook  

Robert's Rules of Order Cheat Sheet

The purpose of the Intro to YDA: Organizational Outline and Guidebook is to concisely explain the overall structure of the Young Democrats of America in a manner that is far more accessible and digestible for our members and the general public. The Intro to YDA: Organizational Outline and Guidebook may not be able to explain every facet or aspect of the structure and processes of the Young Democrats of America, and we encourage readers to refer to the Charter, Standing Rules, and Call to Convention (which are the organization’s governing documents) for answers that require greater specificity. You can find a link to the Charter, Standing Rules, and Call to Convetion of the Young Democrats of America here.


Click here to access the Intro to YDA: Organizational Outline and Guidebook (PDF)


Robert’s Rules of Order is a manual of parliamentary procedure that governs most organizations with boards of directors including the Young Democrats of America. In 1876, Henry Martyn Robert adapted the rules and practices of Congress to the needs of non-legislative bodies and wrote them in his book, which is still in use today. The Robert’s Rules Association published brief versions of the book in 2005 and 2011. The newest versions have about 700 pages, which makes it difficult to look things up during a meeting. We've adapted a simple printable cheat sheet that Young Democrats can refer to during our meetings and conferences or use for their own state or local chapter meetings


Click here to access the Intro to YDA: Robert’s Rules Cheat Sheet (PDF)