High School Democrats of America

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High School Democrats of America
Chairman Aylon Berger
Founded 2005 (national)
Headquarters None
Mother party Democratic Party

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 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. With the change, the position of National Parliamentarian became Development Director that served as Parliamentarian both dissolving disputes and presiding over elections. They held their first national conference, the HSDA Strategic Summit, in Washington D.C. during July 2015.

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.

In June 2016 the organization met for its 2nd Annual Strategic Summit in Washington, D.C., where it elected its 2016-2017 national leadership and trained over 100 high school activists.

In June 2016, the following officers were elected to lead the organization:

The Current Executive Board (2016-2017):

National Chair: Aylon Berger, New Jersey

Executive Vice Chair: Ana Little-Saña, California

Communications Director: Andrew Peng, New Jersey

Programs Director: Emma Turner, Alabama

Development Director: Anthony Luongo, Michigan

Its main Republican counterpart is the Teenage Republicans.

Past Executive Boards[edit]

The Executive Board of 2011-2012:

National Chair: Samina Hydery, New York

National Committee Chair: Atticus Francken, 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

The Executive Board of 2014-2015:

National Chair: Trenton Thornburg, Oklahoma

Executive Vice Chair: Eva Dickerson, Maryland

Programs Director: Neah Bois, Utah

Communications Director: Jordan Cozby, Alabama

Development Director: Miriam Young, Connecticut

The Executive Board of 2015-2016:

National Chair: Jordan Cozby, Alabama

Executive Vice Chair: Liana Wang, Texas

Programs Director: Sedalia Mahlum, North Dakota

Communications Director: Hattie Seten, South Dakota

Development Director: Logan Arkema, Michigan

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