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.
Statement Of The Orange County Young Democrats On The Agreement Reached For Residents On The Santa Ana Riverbed
The Orange County Young Democrats applaud the agreement reached two weeks ago between the County of Orange and the attorneys representing homeless residents in the Santa Ana Riverbed. The deal, which the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved,...
Facebook Link >> The Orange County Young Democrats are deeply troubled by recent reports documenting widespread inmate abuse at the Santa Ana City Jail. We urge the Santa Ana City Council to convert the facility to serve other purposes, including treating mental...
Facebook Link >> Last week, Governor Brown signed into law protections for staff in CA's state senate and state legislature who report instances of sexual misconduct in our state government. The bill, which was sponsored by Assemblymember Melissa Melendez and...
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.
**Thanks for coming! See some photos from the event.** Join OCYD on March 14th at 7 pm as we move from exposing harassment & abuse to enacting tangible policy changes to eliminate power-based interpersonal violence locally. First, we'll briefly hear from candidates...
(Updated 3/10/2017) Orange County Young Democrats 2018 Primary – Candidate Endorsement Packet Thank you for your...