About the Young Democrats of America

About the Young Democrats of America

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) is the largest youth-led, partisan political organization in the nation.  The Young Democrats of America mobilizes young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoral process to elect Democrats, influence the ideals of the Democratic Party, advocate for progressive issues, and train the next generation of progressive leaders.

The Young Democrats of America has over 150,000 members nation-wide in chapters in 49 states and U.S. territories – including high-school and college students, young workers, young professionals, and young families – Our membership reflects the broad diversity of our nation and the Democratic Party.  Our programs engage Young Democrats through their local county, college, or high-school chapters, through state and regional programming, and nationally through events like our quarterly national meetings, national convention, issue advocacy, and academies.

The Young Democrats of America has been the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since its founding in 1932.  Since 2002, the Young Democrats of America has operated independently of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as a nonfederal 527 political organization, while maintaining 3 positions on the DNC.

State-based and local organizing are the cornerstones of our efforts and the Young Democrats of America remains committed to supporting our state and local chapters with the tools they need to succeed and grow.

 

Governing Documents

The Charter, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the Young Democrats of America are intended to further define and explain the operating procedures of the organization.  The Charter, Bylaws, and Standing Rules can be added or amended by the Nationa Committee or at the National Convention. You can find a copy of the most current copy of the Charter, Bylaws, and Standing on file with the Young Democrats of America Secretary here (last updated on March, 17th, 2019). 

 

Platform and Resolutions 

The 2019-2021 Young Democrats of America Platform is available here (the Platform is currently only available n English but we are working to create a Spanish Translation). These statements embody the beliefs and principles of the Young Democrats of America and consist of statements of support or opposition with regard to particular policies. The Platform was amended and adopted by delegates of the 2019 National Convention of the Young Democrats of America in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The categories are not arranged in any particular order and the ordering of the points does not reflect rank or priority. At the National Convention, the delegates also passed a number of Resolutions on various topics that are available here.