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High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is a youth-based political organization that serves as the entry point to Democratic politics for young activists nationwide. Across the country, the organization and its members work at the national, state, and local levels to engage and mobilize members to be active in the political process.

Politically-inclined high school students are the future Democratic Party members and politicians. High School Democrats of America seeks to harness that potential and open young people to the vast world of political affairs. With our vast network of resources, chapters, and members, we provide a collective voice for the high school students in our country and open new doors for their future.

In the 2012 elections, for example, members made tens of thousands of calls for candidates on all levels, while participating in special projects, such as the National Day of Action, designed to provide opportunities tailored specifically to high school students. By giving students the opportunity to explore their civic responsibilities at a young age and by providing them an atmosphere in which to engage in meaningful discourse, we are engaging tomorrow's leaders today.

If you are interested in joining High School Democrats and starting a chapter, please contact us!

HSDA Elections and Awards

Nominations for this year’s HSDA Awards and Declarations of Candidacy forms for National Executive Board positions are now available.

The elections and awards presentations will take place at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 29 as part of our 2016 Strategic Summit. Members of HSDA unable to attend will be able to vote by mail (instructions for this process will be released after the May 20 filing deadline).

Declaration of Candidacy forms for the 2016-17 school year are available here.

To nominate an outstanding local chapter, state chapter, or individual organizer for the 2016 HSDA Awards, please fill out this form.

If you have any questions, please email our Development Director, Logan Arkema, at




We can’t wait for students across the nation to join us in Washington, D.C. June 26th-29th! Last year’s summit attendees participated in student trainings led by some of the nation’s top leaders, networked with progressive student leaders from across the country, and visited some of the best locations that the nation’s capitol has to offer!