VAYD Annual Convention, April 8-10, 2016

The Virginia Young Democrats will assemble in Annual Convention for the purpose of considering charter applications; electing officers; and conducting such other business as the Convention directs. The Convention will be held April 8-10, 2016, in Blacksburg, VA, in partnership with the Young Democrats at Virginia Tech.

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Schedule of Events

Accommodations: A room block has been reserved at the Fairfield Inn & Suites (2659 Roanoke St, Christiansburg, VA 24073), at the rate of $115/night. Complimentary parking, internet, and hot breakfast, is included. To reserve your room call (540) 381-9596, and reference Virginia Young Democrats, by March 20, 2016.

Charter Your Club

For more information, visit the Facebook event here.

VAYD Lobby Day 2016

In celebration of the national Martin Luther King Day of Service, on January 18, 2016, please join Virginia Young Democrats to promote citizen action and our Democratic values. Have questions? Contact Alexsis Rodgers, Political Director, at political_director@vayd.org.

Reserve your spot online at bit.ly/16lobbyday.

For more information, visit the Facebook event here.


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High School Leadership Academy

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2015
Charles Bright
(703) 927-9848

Virginia Young Democrats Announce High School Leadership Academy

Arlington, VA-The Virginia Young Democrats (VAYD) are proud to announce our inaugural High School Leadership Academy.

The Academy will take place on April 18th from 8AM to 4PM at George Mason University - Arlington.

"This Academy is an important new program for the Virginia Young Democrats. Often high school students are overlooked by the traditional media because many are unable to vote," said Jamie Nolan, VAYD President. "However, many high school students are key political leaders in their communities on both political and issue advocacy campaigns."

The Academy is open to all high school students with special preference given to students from Virginia.

"This Academy opens the opportunity for top-level political and advocacy training to high school students. Often, high school students do not have access to this type of high-level training until they move on to college. That's too late; they have already missed out on jump starting their political careers," said Graham Weinschenk, VAYD Teen Caucus chair and a member of the Academy's Planning Committee.

Registration is capped at 75 students and demand for attendance is high. Interested high school students should apply immediately. Students may apply here.

"This Academy will provide students with the skills necessary to research, craft, design, manage and execute an issue advocacy campaign - either in their communities or on their college campus," said Maggie Davis J.D., M.A., VAYD Outreach Chair and chair of the Academy's Planning Committee. "We have arranged to have top trainers including elected officials, issue experts and members of the media. Students will learn from leaders and then work with them to develop and execute an issue advocacy campaign."

The cost of registration is $20 for members of VAYD chapters and $25 for non-members. Scholarships are available. Supporters can sponsor young leaders here.

The Academy is presented in partnership with VAYD, the Alexandria Young Democrats, the Arlington Young Democrats and the Fairfax Young Democrats.


Constitutional Amendment 2015

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VAYD Annual Convention

April 8-10, 2016
Blacksburg, VA

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