We Are The Largest Student Led Progressive Organization in New York With:
Anytime, anywhere, any race. Democrats are fighting hard for a more progressive New York and College Democrats are on the front lines. As an organization we work directly with college students to train them, connect them with local campaigns, and provide the resources necessary to motivate and inspire others. Having student volunteers on a political campaign is often a rarity and we are trying to change that. To that end, during elections our chapters regularly hold canvassing and phone banking events as well as days of action across the state with results that speak for themselves. In 2018 our members, armed with knowledge and strategies from our political team, were on the ground in seven different competitive congressional districts as well as over a dozen competitive state house races. Our philosophy is by campaigning for someone they believe in students will get to know and develop a vested interest in their local communities.
Empowering Our Local Communities
All politics is local especially in New York. But if we are to make change start at home college students have to work within their communities to make that happen. That’s where we come in. Our clubs work collaboratively with local politicians and progressive organizations across New York to make their voice heard and empower others to do the same. In the past our clubs have worked with local activists to push common councils to enact sanctuary city resolutions, marshaled parades for education justice, partnered with citizen groups to teach local residents how to hold Albany politicians accountable, and protested with their neighbors outside of local health centers. Creating a more progressive New York requires more than knocking on doors or electing the right people. No one takes that philosophy more seriously than us.
Promoting the Future
We believe that as Democrats we have a responsibility to leave the world better than when we found it. This belief can manifest itself in many different ways, none more important than inspiring and preparing the future. When college students join Democrat clubs they do so to for the opportunity to change the world and make friends along the way. For us however, there is more to it than that. Our club leaders become mentors, our resources help make opportunities more accessible, our programs boost student self-confidence, and our organization gives students the opportunities to be leader in their own communities. When students live their own success stories we all benefit.
Today’s college students, tomorrow’s leaders, will leave college with more student debt than any previous generation, a financial burden that will follow them for the rest of their lives as they try to sort out the messes caused by Trump, Brexit, and our inability to tackle climate change. The very least we can do is prepare them for the problems that lie ahead. To that end College Democrats of New York strives to engage students of all walks of life with the political process, giving them an understanding of current issues and helping students understand why they should care. We accomplish this through club meeting, mentoring, and explaining the framework behind everything that we do. They might not teach civics anymore, but we are doing our best to make sure no one leaves college unprepared to face humanity’s greatest challenges.