virginia young democrats
Catch up with the Teen Caucus!
Represent Teens to the Democratic Party
The Teen Caucus is one of only three teen Democratic organizations in the nation that is officially recognized by a State Party. The Teen Caucus is enshrined in the Virginia Democratic Party Plan as an the official Party teen organization. The Teen Caucus Chair is a member of the State Central Committee, giving teens a seat at the table when decisions are made regarding the future of our party.
Training the Next Generation of Democrats
For 88 years, the Teen Caucus has been a forum for the next generation of Democrats to develop their leadership skills and learn about our political process.
Electing Democrats Up and Down the Ballot
Our members are on hitting the phone banks, the textbanks, and the door knocking every day. In 2020, Virginia Young Democrats contacted over 600,000 voters across 14 different battleground states, helping to pave the way for a great Democratic victory in our Commonwealth.
"Virginia set to pass historic bill giving students time off to protest — because teen Republicans and Democrats teamed up to demand it."
Virginia's Unfinished Business
Our Goals for 2021
The Teen Caucus has been responsible for the passage of historic legislation in 2021. We initiated and successfully saw the passage of a first-in-the-nation civic engagement bill to allow middle and high school students to take an excused absence for civic engagement. This bill passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support and was signed by Governor Ralph Northam. The Teen Caucus also successfully lobbied for a bill to allow 16 and 17 year olds to preregister to vote. This bill passed the General Assembly, in spite of objections from Republicans.
The Teen Caucus will work to diversify local Democratic Committees in every city and county in Virginia. For those Committees that allow teenagers to become members, the Teen Caucus will work with our chapters to encourage members to join the committee. For those Committees that don’t allow teenagers, the Teen Caucus will seek to amend Committee bylaws to allow anyone aged 13 to join the Committee.
Since June of 2020, we’ve tripled the number of high school Young Democrat clubs chartered with VAYD from 7 to 27, and expanded the membership of the Caucus by nearly 500 members. With the support of our leaders on the ground, we will continue this work in 2021 in every region in Virginia. Expanding and diversifying our membership will contribute to the cause of electing Democratic candidates at every level – from our three statewide races, to our House of Delegates races, down to our School Board races.