Established in 1938 as the youth
organizing branch of the Democratic Party in the state of California, the California Young
Democrats (CYD) have worked for decades to advance the Democratic Party's initiatives of
progressive change, civil rights, social programs, and diplomacy within the state of
California. CYD focuses on engaging Californians aged 14-35 in government affairs and the
political process, and works to gain lifelong supporters of the Democratic Party's
candidates and platforms. The California Young Democrats Collection documents the
organization's general operations, administrative structure, objectives, programs, and
political activity from 1958-1987 through state-level administrative files and regional
The California Young Democrats (CYD) is the youth organizing branch of the Democratic Party
in the state of California. It serves to motivate Californians aged 14-35 in becoming active
participants in government affairs and the political process, and to gain lifelong
supporters of the Democratic Party's candidates and platforms. CYD is affiliated with the
California Democratic Party and Young Democrats of America, and promotes the ideals and work
of the National Democratic Party. It is comprised of a state headquarters located in
Sacramento, and various chartered Young Democratic Clubs located throughout California. The
organization holds local and state meetings and conventions, conducts fundraising,
disseminates information on local and national political and social issues, participates in
voter registration activities and party recruitment, and holds organizational campaigns and
elections for state and regional CYD leadership. It is active in local, state, and national
campaigns and elections.
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