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Start a Chapter in your County 

Your county doesn't have a chartered chapter? Don't worry! Starting a chapter in your county is easy, and the TNYD is hear to help! Below is some information to help you get started, and feel free to reach out if you run into any issues or have any questions. We're here to help! 

How to Charter a New Chapter
Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is Tennessee Young Democrats?

  • We seek to inspire lifelong civic engagement among young people and further progressive values by increasing the number of younger Democrats voting, running campaigns, running for office (and winning), and crafting and advocating for issues and legislation that reflect the values of the Democratic Party.

  • We are the Tennessee affiliate of Young Democrats of America (YDA), and our membership includes Democrats ages 14-35.


Why start a Tennessee Young Democrats chapter?

  • Millennials are the fastest growing voter base and overwhelmingly vote Democratic. Engaging more millennials in the political process is key to electing more Democrats.

  • Young people are fantastic campaign operatives, volunteers, candidates, and issue advocates. We bring unique skill sets and experiences to public service.

  • There are certain barriers of entry to politics that young people uniquely face. We seek to lower those barriers of entry so that more young people can feel engaged in their communities and inspired to make a positive impact on our world.


How is a Tennessee Young Democrats chapter started?

The TNYD Board is here to help! Here are five steps to set you up for success.


  1. IDENTIFY a couple people who can lead the chartering process.

  2. PLAN AND PROMOTE an informational meeting. It is helpful to create social media accounts for the new chapter and promote the meeting through a Facebook event. Let the TNYD Board know when the meeting will take place so we can promote it and attend!

  3. COMPILE a list of at least 10 founding members. Be sure to get names, dates of birth, phone numbers, emails, and home addresses.

  4. DRAFT a constitution for the chapter and hold officer elections.

  5. SEND the TNYD President and Membership Director, your member list, constitution, and $5 dues for each member.

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