High School Democrats of America

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High School Democrats of America
Founded 2005 (National)
Headquarters None
Mother party Democratic Party
International affiliation International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)
Website High School Democrats of America Website

The High School Democrats of America, (HSDA) is a youth-based political organization that serves as the entry point to Democratic politics for young activists nationwide. Across the country, the organization and its members work at the national, state, and local levels to engage and mobilize members to be active in the political process.

Formerly part of the Young Democrats of America[1][2] the members of the High School Democrats of America represents high school students at all levels of the Democratic Party.[3]

Although State Chapters for the organization and idea existed long beforehand, the High School Democrats of America itself was founded in December 2005, by Ahmed Kokon (NY) and Jonathan Padilla (CA). The High School Democrats of America is headed by an Executive Board, consisting of 5 National Officers, and a National Committee consisting of two representatives from individual states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The Executive Board also employs a group of volunteer staff, ranging from Financial Directors to Political Advisors. The organization is involved in a number of projects, including a Huffington Post blogging project and a separate publishing opportunity through The Progressive Teen. Both projects are aimed at inspiring political discourse and offering members the opportunity to voice their opinions important civic issues in a highly-visible setting. The organization has also proved instrumental and necessary in several campaigns across the country, including the election of Joseph Donnelly and Elizabeth Warren to the US Senate, as well as the notable election of President Barack H. Obama in 2008.

In June of 2014, the High School Democrats of America formally ended its affiliation with the Young Democrats of America, and ceased function as the Young Democrats of America's High School Caucus.

The organization has taken stances on important issues throughout the political spectrum, but has been recently focused on student loan reform, immigration reform, and gun control (following the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT).


In July 2014, the following officers were elected to lead the organization:

The Current Executive Board:

National Chair: Trenton Thornburg, Oklahoma

Executive Vice Chair: Eva Dickerson, Maryland

Programs Director: Neah Bois, Utah

Communications Director: Jordan Cozby, Alabama

National Parliamentarian: Miriam Young, Connecticut


Its main Republican counterpart is the Teenage Republicans.

Past Executive Boards[edit]

The Executive Board of 2011-2012:

National Chair - Samina Hydery, New York

Executive Vice Chair - Atticus Franken, Illinois

Programs Director - Hassan Haider, New Jersey

Communications Director - Daqavise Winson, Indiana

National Parliamentarian - Aaron Wilder, Oklahoma


The Executive Board of 2012-2013:

National Chair - Hassan Haider, New Jersey

Executive Vice Chair - Nicholas Mitch, Indiana

Programs Director - Tejas Konduru, California

Communications Director - Nivedita Sankar, North Carolina

National Parliamentarian - Andrew Guenther, Indiana


The Executive Board of 2013-2014:

National Chair: Nicholas Mitch, Indiana

Executive Vice Chair: Dino Kadich, Arizona

Programs Director: Trenton Thornburg, Oklahoma

Communications Director: Eva Dickerson, Maryland

National Parliamentarian: George William Robert Pearcy, Indiana

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