what we've done
HSDA empowers and encourages students to take on an active role in the fight for Democratic victories across the country. In addition to fostering civil discourse among those with opposing viewpoints, HSDA provides a platform for members to impact the political process in a substantive way and make their voices heard on a national level.
In recent election years, HSDA has proven to be instrumental in key races across America. Our members have made nearly 150,000 phone calls and knocked on over 50,000 doors for Democratic candidates in the past five years. We registered over 6,000 new voters in 2016 alone. Dozens of us were elected to be delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia two summers ago. Hundreds of us from across the country poured into the streets of Washington for the Women's March. Thousands of us rallied around the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this winter and spring. Now, all of us are joining together to get out the Democratic vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
Whether members are from Massachusetts or Alabama, they are ready to march in the streets, write to the press, and work for elected officials in every level of government - unified in their effort to fight for progressive causes and legislative change.
HSDA's Press Features:
TEEN VOGUE: High School Democrats Members Share Campaign Stories
"In contrast to the popular narrative, many teens in Washington and beyond are already deeply involved in politics despite their age, lobbying and campaigning through organizations dedicated to their generation. One such entity, the High School Democrats of America (HSDA), has already attracted the attention of influential figures within the Democratic Party, becoming the premier group working to train the next generation of Democratic activists."
USA TODAY: Point Beach HS activists win their first fight: Being Recognized
"Anna Kuzmic (17) said [her group] wanted a club that focused on promoting issues for women, lesbians, gay and transgender people, as well as a place to discuss ways to deter gun violence and help people in poverty. She said about 30 peers at her school expressed interest in joining. 'We didn't have any type of club in our school which addressed social issues,' Kuzmic said. 'We went to a women's march... (and) when the Parkland (Florida) shooting happened in February, that's when we decided we needed to take action in our own town,' she said.
INSIDER NJ: 2018 Top Millennials in Politics
#6: "Zachary Dougherty took the lead on the March For Our Lives, TV appearances, etc. He was a prime mover for the passage of gun violence prevention legislation standing with Governor Murphy when he signed the bills. Leading millennial voice for high school students."
#56: "Jason Lam is the National Chair of the High School Democrats Of America and Somerset County Young Democrats chair. Jason is a rising star."
TAPINTO.NET: Senator Booker Presents NJHSD with HSDA State Chapter of the Year Award
"Senator Cory Booker presented the New Jersey High School Democrats (NJHSD) with the High School Democrats of America (HSDA) State Chapter of the Year award at the national organization’s first annual strategic summit on July 15. NJHSD Digital Director and Livingston High School junior Andrew Peng accepted the award from Senator Booker in his Washington, D.C. office, where the two discussed NJHSD’s grassroots efforts in the state."
FOX 40: HSDA Calling on Rep. Claudia Tenney to Attend Town Hall for Our Lives
"High School Democrats of America Broome County Chapter held a press conference at the Broome County Democratic Headquarters Wednesday afternoon announcing the Town Hall For Our Lives, a follow-up event to the March For Our Lives- Binghamton event that took place March 24. The town hall will be a public and open discussion between elected officials and representatives on gun reform. High school student and HSDA Broome President, Benjamin Reynolds requesting the 22nd Congressional District representative to hear from students and Broome County residents about the issue of gun control."
Every year for three to four days in late June, high school democrats from all over the country gather in Washington, D.C. for the HSDA summit. During their time in D.C., attendees hear from high ranking leaders within the Democratic party such as Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, and more as well as top officials from the DNC. Attendees also tour the monuments and capitol building as well as attending training seminars and classes on the George Washington University campus.
Despite these once-in-a-lifetime experiences, attendees of the HSDA summit often cite the opportunity to connect with other highly motivated and politically active teenagers as the highlight of the trip. One attendee from Pennsylvania remarked that "summit was the first time I truly felt united with others who had the same dream, the same values, and the same passion", another stating that "summit opened my eyes to the power of my own voice. I saw other kids my age speaking up and making a change and realized that I could, too".