Young Democrats of America High School Caucus
|High School Democrats of America|
|Mother party||Young Democrats of America/Democratic Party|
|International affiliation||International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)|
|Website||High School Democrats of America Website|
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 caucus was approved by the YDA National Committee on December 2, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 aims to promote civic awareness and involvement among high school students across the country. One method it does this by is through the 'High School Leadership Academy' held annually in Washington DC.
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.
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).
At the 2013 Young Democrats of America National Convention, the following officers were elected to lead the organization:
The Current Executive Board:
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
Past Executive Boards
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
Notes and references
- YDA | YDA Structure