California Young Democrats (CYD)

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, State President

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History of CYD

For almost a century, CYD has played an important role in California politics. The history of CYD is full of fascinating stories and persons. Many prominent leaders in California history – past and present – can trace their leadership beginnings to this statewide network of Young Democrat clubs. CYD is the official youth organizing arm of the California Democratic Party.

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1948

1953

1960s

1995

California Democratic Council formed

1960s

California College Democrats merge with CYD

Lionel Steinberg helps secure President Tuman's election

1953

Henry Waxman and Howard Berman lead reform faction to redefine the organization

1953

1960s

1995

1995

2000 and beyond…

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CYD maintains a dedication to empowering youth

Culbert Olson elected governor

1938

Photo by Eli Beckman

Our mission is to amplify young Democratic voices, mobilize awareness through sustainable action, and build a genuine leadership pipeline in the region. We work on projects, such as voter registration and education, affordable housing, and homeless rehabilitation. 

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