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
Kim Bernice Nguyen
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.
Update on last night's #Irvine City Council Meeting: Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner had agendized opposition to SB 54 (The California Values Act, commonly referred to as the Sanctuary State Bill). His letter setting the agenda item used incendiary rhetoric, including...
The Orange County Young Democrats stand with Christine Blasey Ford and survivors of sexual abuse who come forward knowing they will be called vicious names, discredited, re-traumatized, and threatened. We believe her, as there is no credible reason to doubt Ms. Blasey...
After months of deliberations, the California State Senate and State Assembly recently concluded the 2018 legislative session. The Orange County Young Democrats have sought to lend our voice to the process and sent letters to bill authors in support of five key bills:...
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.
You can read about the 2018 Obama Awards in this Daily Titan article.
OCYD is mentioned in this The News and Observer article: Top California Democrat on leave amid sex misconduct inquiry
OCYD is discussed in this article in the OC Weekly: Orange County Young Democrats to Honor Women Who MeToo’d Ex-Leaders OCYD is discussed in this article in the Orange County Breeze: OCYD to honor the women who spoke out against sexual harassment and assault in...