Today we are proud to welcome the North Idaho College Young Democrats to the IDYD network! The President of the new chapter, Lindsey Kay Shaw, brought young Democrats and Progressives on-campus together to get organized and plan for the future. The NICYDs are taking important steps to build a strong relationship with the Kootenai County Democrats and other local progressive organizations in Coeur d'Alene. NICYD is now the fourth active local chapter in the IDYD statewide network. Other chapters include the Boise State University Young Democrats, the Young Democrats of the University of Idaho, and the College of Idaho Young Democrats.
Read more about IDYD's recent visit to Coeur d’Alene
for the North Idaho Young Democratic Forum
BY: MATTHIEU BERTRAND [NIC SENTINEL]
Members of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Idaho Young Democrats (IDYD) and other democratic activists gathered at Java for the first official NIC IDYD club meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24. People of all ages and backgrounds joked over coffee and welcomed new-comers with warm smiles and open arms.
After the brief socialization period, Morgan Hill, the president of IDYD, began the meet. After introducing himself and his entrance into political activism, he began stressing the importance of democratic youth activism, especially in Coeur d’Alene.
“I think there’s nothing more important than having young people organizing politically around issues they care about,” Morgan explained. “That is our biggest hope–to not just see people organizing, but to actually get engaged with the county Democratic Party.”
In addition to holding a presidential role in IDYD, Morgan also does work with Young Democrats of America, rallying young activists to take on more action.
“I think this is a good way for us to chip away at the long effort ahead of us to get more democrats elected,” Hill said, opening the floor to answer questions regarding recruitment tactics.
The IDYD club was formed long before NIC opened its doors to the party of blue. The Young Democrats of America began the first chapter of IDYD in the 1950s, primarily operating during presidential elections.
“Within the last couple years, especially these last five years, we’ve turned into a more consistently operating organization,” Morgan’s hands moved excitedly through the air as he explained the club’s progress. “And we’ve had other [clubs] that have been operating for years and years before this.”
The club meetings, while primarily geared towards young democrats and students, are open to the public. Club officials through the NIC chapter also encourage students who have graduated to continue their attendance.