Orange County Young Democrats (“OCYD”) is an organization of young attorneys, legislative aides, graduate students, and business professionals from diverse backgrounds who share the common goal of advancing progressive and Democratic values in Orange County. OCYD strives to reach this goal through candidate endorsements, providing education on important local, state, and national issues, and organizing members around campaigns and advocacy efforts. Founded in 1998, OCYD is currently experiencing rapid growth and an increasingly active network of members. Our organization’s membership has increased by 85% in the last two years. We currently have 150 dues-paying members, a distribution list of over 600, and over 3000 followers on Facebook.
This past election, Orange County went blue for the first time since 1936. We are excited and energized to build upon the momentum for Democratic causes and candidates that is taking hold across the county. Our current goals include:
- Resistance Committee: working with local movements in Orange County to strategically pressure our members of Congress to oppose Trump’s un-American policies. Our Resistance Committee efforts were recently highlighted in local media, including the OC Weekly.
- Recruiting promising young Democrats to run for local office, and providing support and candidate training
- Outreach and empowerment of our allies in the community, including the LGBT, labor, and environmental communities
Avelino Valencia III
Kim Bernice Nguyen
Member At Large
Member At Large
What We Stand For
OCYD’s Policy Committee works to inform our members about the latest and most important local, state, and national issues. The committee’s research on key votes and elected officials enables OCYD to address issues relevant to Orange County residents.
The Trump Administration and the Republican Party are continuing their assault on our nation's values. While the Administration continues to criminally prosecute individuals seeking asylum and violently separating children from their families, the Republican-led...
After all the hard work of local activists like YOU - we did it! We made it through the "jungle" and we're onto November with strong, viable Democrats on the ticket in all 7 of our Congressional seats, including the 4 seats currently in the hands of GOP Trumpian...
Statement Of The Orange County Young Democrats Upon Learning Of The Sexual Abuse Suffered By Congressional Candidate Katie Porter
The Orange County Young Democrats stands in solidarity with Katie Porter, who recently revealed her harrowing experience being abused at the hands of her ex-husband. Ms. Porter is running for Congress in the Irvine area (CA-45) against Mimi Walters. Ms. Porter, the...
Help us make a difference.
Becoming an OCYD member for just $35 a year, or $20 for students, has some great benefits. We are pleased to announce need-based scholarships on membership. For more information, please contact us.
Participate and vote on OCYD endorsements and board members.
Gain access to a great, active network of young professionals.
Reach out to other young people and spread the Democratic message.
OCYD is mentioned in this OC Weekly Article: Dana Watch: The Anti-Pride Candidate
View on Facebook >> Trump's actions in recent weeks have raised questions about America’s place in the world—particularly its global leadership position. The United States' relations with key democratic allies are strained while it embraces brutal dictators in North...
View on Facebook >> Let's come together after the June 5th primary to talk about issues that matter to us all, and are of immediate importance to our community & nation. In honor of Juneteenth & Pride Month, we will hold a panel on the intersectional issues facing the...