Who We Are
We are young, progressive-minded residents of Mecklenburg County,
using our time and talents to create a better future for
our county, our state, and our nation.
When folks say that young people are the “next generation of leadership,” it assumes that we aren't leaders right now. As Young Democrats, we have the new ideas and fresh perspectives that can take Mecklenburg County in the right direction.
Join us as we lead our county into the future.
Our values determine our actions. While there are important issues to Democrats, our organization must have a precise focus on the issues that impact young people most, including the ability to:
Graduate with solid job prospects, not excessive student loan debt
Serve their communities while earning a decent living, particularly as teachers
Build thriving families based on love, not on outdated views of gender and sexuality
Live in a vibrant Mecklenburg County that embraces all cultures and backgrounds
We want to move Mecklenburg County forward.
Educating, Registering and Mobilizing Young Voters
The new voter suppression law was made to lower turnout among groups like young people. We must seek out potential young voters, provide them with the knowledge to navigate the voting process, and rally them to the polls. Building on the work of our voter education group from earlier this year, our organization can educate, register, and mobilize young voters by:
Targeting schools and events in the county that have many potential young voters
Leading the effort to develop a voting guide, with specific requirements that candidates speak to issues affecting young people
Partnering with growing immigrant communities (and developing relationships with community leaders) to develop native-language election literature, particularly in Spanish
Using past voter data to target potential young voters at the individual level
Revamping our website into a convenient space for voting-related information
Growing Our Membership by Building Relationships
Our organization cannot simply be a random gathering of people. Instead, we must interact with young people in our county person by person, building relationships instead of simply filling seats. We can deepen our interpersonal relationships throughout our organization by:
Maintaining contact with members and potential members throughout the year
Attending and partnering with other active young professional organizations in developing community events
Organizing college campuses and unorganized precincts using young talent
Planning successful events, including the Gantt-Watt reception and a YD Field Day
Fostering the Next Generation of Leadership
Our organization is uniquely positioned to serve as a training ground for Mecklenburg County’s future leaders. We must actively seek out young people who want to serve and foster their leadership skills once here. We can develop our young talent by:
Developing mentorship relationships among members and young elected officials
Strengthening leadership and campaign staffing skills through training opportunities
Recruiting Young Democrats to serve in party, civic, grassroots, and elected positions
Maintaining a list of members interested in running for office in the future
Providing Multiple Outlets for Our Members’ Talents
While all of us value progress, we all contribute in different ways. Our goal as an organization should be to have various ways for people to get involved – even if that involves challenging the traditional political models. We can ensure a variety of opportunities to serve by:
Engaging in action-oriented events, rather than depending solely on general meetings
Increasing the number of community service opportunities
Discussing personal strengths with our members and directing talent to appropriate fields
Assembling groups of people to accomplish the various actions in this Plan
Over the next year, we hope to achieve the following measurable indicators of success:
Although not as easily measured, we also hope to achieve success in the following ways:
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