Become an officially-recognized College Democrats chapter. Charter your club today!

A new year means it's time to renew your chapter's charter or become recognized as a member of the California College Democrats (CCD), the California Young Democrats (CYD), and the College Democrats of America (CDA). Follow the guide and sample documents below to officially become a part of CYD. If you have any questions, please contact CCD Vice President of Membership, Gustavo Barragan at

CCD/CYD Convention Chapter Chartering

All interested chapters must charter by no later than Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

All documents must be submitted digitally to

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

CYD State Convention: May 19-21, 2017 – in Sacramento, CA

Review, download, complete, and submit all of the documents below:

Sample Membership List
Sample Chapter Officer List
Chapter Building Form
Sample Bylaws


Pay by Check: Send a check addressed to “California Young Democrats” with the Chapter Name in the memo to California Young Democrats, c/o Gould & Orellana, 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Suite 685, Long Beach, CA 90802. Must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Pay Online: Make a donation for the correct amount at and send an email to with the name of the chapter, the person whose name was on the credit card, the amount and date paid. Online payments must be made by Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

Chapter Benefits

By chartering with the California College Democrats/California Young Democrats, your chapter gains official status within the California Democratic Party, the Young Democrats of America, and the College Democrats of America (by extension, your chapter then becomes recognized by the Democratic National Committee) and has access to all CCD resources and opportunities.

Organizational Influence

The CCD and CYD Executive Boards meets four times a year around the state to vote on potential endorsements, approve new chapter charters, and changes to our bylaws. After chartering with CCD/CYD, your chapter will help influence the direction of our statewide organization by having a vote on our Executive Board and the opportunity to be involved in our various organizational committees. Your chapter’s leader can appoint chapter representatives to the various CCD/CYD committees such as the Rules committee, Resolutions committee, Finance committee, and the Credentials and Awards committees during conventions.

Organizational and Professional Development

Throughout the year, CCD/CYD’s trainings cover a multitude of areas that are specialized to young activists, including fundraising, campaign organizing, media and communications strategy, as well as trainings for running for public office or becoming a party delegate to state and national conventions.

Fundraising Assistance

CCD/CYD will work with you to plan and organize that big fundraiser you’ve always wanted to do or the one you need to get your new chapter up and running on its own. Our staff and officers will work with you directly or partner you with an established local chapter to co-sponsor the event. CCD/CYD offers bi-annual online fundraising trainings with professional fundraisers to offer advice and answer your questions.

Annual Statewide Convention

CCD, CYD, and the California High School Democrats (CAHSD) hold their joint annual statewide convention in conjunction with the California Democratic Party (CDP) each year to bring high school, college, and young Democrats from throughout the state together to participate in various Party activities, showcase the year’s accomplishments and elect officers for the coming year. CCD/CYD Convention attendees have access to the CDP Convention floor to witness amazing speeches by our Statewide and Congressional Democrats, as well as view the Party’s endorsements and proceedings.

Biennial Tahoe Retreat

CCD and CYD take advantage of the “off- season” and prepares our members for the next election cycle by hosting one of the biggest, most exciting chapter and leadership development trainings in one of the most beautiful regions of our state. Our Lake Tahoe Retreat is a weekend of workshops put on by political and government professionals in every possible area of political activism you can imagine — lobbying, fundraising, running for office, you name it! There’s something for every chapter and young activist!