DemDaily: We Are The Change That We Seek

March 6, 2019

In the midst of a challenging and sometimes debilitating time in American politics, our sources of inspiration are often found in the faces of our next generation of leaders.

HSDems Officers Talat Aman (Vice Chair), Jason Lam (Nat'l Chair), Prescott Herzog (Political Director) at February DNC Winter Meeting in DC

It is their future we are fighting for, and in their vote lies the future of the Democratic party.

According to Tuft's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), 31% of 18-to-29-year-olds voted in the 2018 midterms, representing a 10% increase from 2014.

More significantly, over two-thirds of voters aged 18 to 29 voted for Democrats in the 2018 election, compared with 32% who supported Republican candidates.

One of the organizations recruiting talent and votes from the ranks of Generation Z (those currently between 4 and 24 years old) is the High School Democrats of America (HSDA).

Founded in 2005, HSDA is an offshoot of Young Democrats of America and became an independent 527 political organization in 2014.

High School Dems serves as an entry point to politics for youth activists, and works to mobilize young people to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

A powerful and collective voice for politically-active high school students, HSDA dedicates its time to three primary sectors of engagement: informing, participating, and organizing.

Senators Cory Booker (NJ) and Jeff Merkley (OR) with HSDA members

In 2018, based on 105 local chapter reports alone, HSDA called on 100,000+ voters, knocked on 40,000+ doors, made 300,000+ phone calls, and registered more than 9,000 voters.  Due to a lack of organizational bandwidth, HSDA was only able to collect partial data, but they are growing.

HSDA has over 7,000 formal members, boasts 400 chapters in 48 states or territories and the District of Columbia, and is developing chapters internationally with Democrats Abroad.

The entirely student-run operation is led by a national staff, a National Executive Board of officers, and a National Committee consisting of two representatives from each state.

HSDA's fourth Annual Summit will take place in June, 2019 in Washington, DC at George Washington University.

Senator Elizabeth Warren's HSDA recruitment video, "We need young Democratic leaders like get in this fight" (click to watch)

Forward this on to a high school student you know!

HSDA Resources
HSDA Website
Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @hsdems
HSDA PublicationThe Progressive Teen
HSDA June 23-27, 2019 DC Summit


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