January Newsletter: Great Strides for Virginia teen Democrats

Thank you for your hard work. Due to the outstanding contributions of people like you, we can now say that Democrats have flipped the United States Senate, as well as won two VA special elections in HD90 and HD02!  As our new administration settles in, it is very important that we all keep up the excellent work that has allowed us hope for the future. 

Legislation Updates

  1. Our Civic Engagement Bill, HB1940, to permit middle and high school students to take an excused absence once a year to participate in civic and political events has passed the Virginia House of Delegates! We had teens, like yourself, as well as teens from the VA Teenage Republicans, testify on behalf of it. Next, it will be taken up by the Senate committee on Health and Education, likely this week. 
    1. Ask your legislators to co-patron this bill here! 
  2. Our Voter Pre-Registration Bill has passed subcommittee with bi-partisan support! Next, it will be taken up by the full Virginia House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Committee, either this week or next.
    1. Ask your legislators to co-patron this bill here! 

Green New Deal Advocacy Day

On Saturday, January 30th from 2:00-3:15 PM via Zoom, join Virginia Teen Democrats, Youth Climate Action Team Inc.,  the Virginia Youth Climate Cooperative, and the Virginia Young Democrats Teen Caucus as we lobby legislators to vote YES on the VA Green New Deal Act. The event will feature Virginia’s most renowned climate politicians, Qasim Rashid and Del. Sam Rasoul, who will be speaking on the importance of the VA Green New Deal Act. Sign-up now to receive the Zoom link here!

Chapter of the Month

  • The Teen Caucus held its first ever Chapter of the Month competition! Chapters were judged on the basis of events, participation, phone banking, and membership. This month, the McLean High School chapter won with Saehee Perez as chapter president of the month! 

VAYD Teen Caucus in the News

  1. Roanoke TimesGeneral Assembly notebook: House passes Del. Rasoul’s youth civic engagement bill.” Check out the article here! 

Internships

We are also excited to inform you all that we have compiled a list of internships for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General Campaigns across Virginia. Click here to access the document. 

 

If you have any questions regarding the internship opportunities, please email our Programs Director at teen_programs@vayd.org.

Official Statements

Special Election for VAYD Outreach Chair

The Virginia Young Democrats Executive Committee will hold a special election for a new outreach chair at the February meeting.  Responsibilities of the Outreach Chair include leading an Outreach Committee in developing recommendations for chapters to do outreach to marginalized communities and assisting chapters as they develop outreach plans, which are necessary to charter.

To declare your candidacy for the position, email VAYD President Maureen Coffey at president@vayd.org.

Caucus-wide Meeting

The VAYD Teen Caucus will host another general membership meeting on Saturday February 6 at 12 pm. We will discuss the General Assembly Session, including our two high priority bills, 2021 VAYD Convention, and other matters.  There will also be an opportunity for open discussion of anything.

Sign up here: https://teens.vayd.org/events/feb-2021-meeting/ 

Other Opportunities

  1. Citizens’ Climate Lobby Event – RSVP here.
  2. High School Program – Apply here.