Tuesday, August 20, 5-7:30 PM: SCYD Political Affairs Committee Meeting @ 900 J St

Please come prepared to ask candidates for City Council, County Supervisor, and/or CA 7 pertinent questions around their policy platforms, and how they relate to young people and to the values of Sacramento County Young Democrats.

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for emails, including questionnaires, and further instructions!

Please contact Political Director Eric Flores if you would like to receive email updates or have any questions about the SCYD endorsement process.

Monday, August 12, 6:30-7:30 PM: Fighting For Families: SCYD Annual Fundraiser @ B Street Theatre

In a year that we’ve seen children torn from their parents at the border and abortion bans across the South, SCYD is choosing to celebrate California’s leadership in fighting for women, children, and families. With that in mind, our “Fighting For Families” fundraiser will honor local and statewide leaders who share our value of helping working families.

Tickets are $30, and admission is free for dues-paying SCYD members. All attendees must have a ticket. Reserve yours today here:

If you would like to pay dues to become a member of SCYD, you can do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/scyddues

You can also join us in the fight by becoming a sponsor!
$250 – lightweight
$500 – middleweight
$1000 – heavyweight

If you are interested in sponsoring, please visit the ticket page or contact our VP of Fundraising, Sabina Nussipov at snussipov94@gmail.com or at (916) 667-4410.

We will be announcing our honorees in the upcoming weeks so keep an eye out for updates!

Contribute to our SCYD Summer Toiletries Drive

SCYD Summer Toiletries Drive for Sacramento Stand Down

Date: July 10th – August 7th

Items needed for comfort kits: Hand cream, underwear, sanitary products, small beauty products, shaving cream, Kleenex, q-tips, mouthwash, chapstick, razors, combs, travel toothbrush holders, hand sanitizer, headbands, travel size toothpick, washcloths, hand towels, individual snacks. 

They are also accepting financial contributions: 

Multi Day Stand Down – @McClellan Center
Dates: August 8th -10th

Volunteer sign-up: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2854995/false#/invitation
SCYD members are encouraged to sign-up to volunteer at the upcoming Stand Down event. Sacramento Stand Down in providing much-needed help and assistance to approximately 300 homeless Veterans during their Multi-Day Stand Down at McClellan Conference Center. Over the course of three days, Sacramento Stand Down will need the help of over 200+ volunteers to operate their Stand Down event. Volunteers will help in many different ways and carry out various jobs during the event. Please review the available volunteer roles and select one (or more than one) that you feel fits your personal skill set. If you have any question about this opportunity, please contact Brit Kelleher.


by Xavier Cardenas, SCYD Blog Contributor

Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen has made a career in public service. She has dedicated her life to the development of low-income communities across the Sacramento area. She attributes her drive to assist and uplift the underserved and underrepresented to her experiences growing up in similar neighborhoods. Despite those obstacles, Councilmember Nguyen has excelled in uplifting her community and has tirelessly worked to bridge the gap in representation. She has served in numerous leadership roles for several organizations in Sacramento and has been involved in many others such as the District Attorney’s Multi-Cultural Council, California Exposition Cultural Advisory Council, OCA, Pacific Rim Street Festival Foundation, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber Foundation, and Sacramento’s Juvenile Justice Commission. However, one of her biggest contributions to the public has been through her work as Executive Director of Asian Resources Inc. (ARI).

As the Executive Director of ARI, Councilmember Nguyen and her team have been able to expand on a variety of social projects for members of the community with their mission statement as their guide: “At Asian Resources, our goal is to be the catalyst that connects people to jobs and resources that would lead them to self-sufficiency.”

While they have aided in the professional and academic development of younger individuals in the community through work experience programs and academic services respectively, they have also improved the partnerships between Sacramento County and community-based nonprofits to help close the achievement gap in multiple districts. What truly separates ARI from other non-profits is their commitment to ensure the community, as a whole, is represented and granted the opportunity in betterment, including those who are re-entering society.

ARI continues to address the issues facing minority communities by offering social services to those that otherwise would be continuously ignored. The plight of the immigrant and refugee communities with language barriers has not gone without assistance. Their work with these new members of the community is unmatched.

Councilmember Nguyen is a shining example of what community empowerment can look like. Under her leadership, ARI has continuously strived towards the betterment of the Sacramento community. For her continuous engagement and public service, we, the Sacramento County Young Democrats, honored her as our 2017 Community Champion of the Year.

For more information on how to get involved with ARI or if you wish to contribute please visit their website at http://asianresources.org/.


New Member Blog Post: SCYD October General Meeting

by Claudia Lewis, SCYD Blog Contributor

There are few things as intimidating as starting life in a new city after college. Trying to find employment and navigate through a new social scene, all while working to stay involved, can be exhausting and confusing. Since moving to Sacramento in June, I’ve found myself trying to tackle all this at once with little guidance and a lot of guesswork. Fortunately, I came to hear of a group that could help me get involved in Sacramento and potentially make a real difference.

On October 4th, I followed the downtown address I found on a Facebook event page and arrived at my first Sacramento County Young Democrats’ General Meeting. Continue reading “New Member Blog Post: SCYD October General Meeting”

Fox & Goose patrons watch James Comey testify before Senate committee

At restaurants and bars around the nation, watch parties were held to see former FBI Director James B. Comey’s testimony on President Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey’s congressional appearance was viewed on television at several bars and restaurants in Sacramento, including a gathering at Fox & Goose Public House at 10th and R streets. Those who attended had to get up early to see the opening questions and answers. The proceedings began at 7 a.m. on the West Coast. Here are reactions from people, including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Watch full video at the Sacramento Bee.

Sacramento Dems gather at Fox and Goose for James Comey testimony

What better way to watch the most anticipated U.S. senate hearing in recent memory than at an English pub?

On Thursday morning, the Sacramento Young Democrats gathered at Fox and Goose to watch Former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee is investigating the possibility of ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign.   Continue reading “Sacramento Dems gather at Fox and Goose for James Comey testimony”

Sacramento County Young Democrat Elected Youngest Statewide Party Official

Jenny Bach Triumphs in California Democratic Party Secretary’s Race to Become the Youngest Person Elected to the Executive Board in Decades

SACRAMENTO – Jenny Bach, 25, was elected Secretary of the California Democratic Party last weekend, making her the youngest statewide official in decades. In a hotly-contested race, Bach, a Sacramento native, earned an impressive win in the CDP’s first run-off election in years against long-time Los Angeles-based party leader, Carolyn Fowler.

“This victory shows that we want to embrace new ideas and new leadership towards change. I am excited to get to work on improving how our party communicates with activists,” said Bach shortly after the announcement. “I hope that young people, especially young women of color, see this victory as their own, and that they feel empowered to run for any position they want.”

Bach’s victory was the result of an emerging generation of young grassroots leaders in California eager to move the party forward after the devastating 2016 presidential election. Bach’s triumph was driven by a group of Sacramento-based volunteers and statewide supporters after eight months of campaigning.

“This weekend was a testament to the energy and skills that young people bring to the Democratic Party. Months of prep work came to fruition in the form of a visible and well-executed convention campaign,” explained Katie Hanzlik, Bach’s campaign manager, also a young Democrat. “This would not have been possible without the dozens of young volunteers who didn’t just help the entire weekend, but also sprung into action immediately when the run-off was announced.”

Bach, a child of Vietnamese immigrants, is also the only Asian Pacific Islander (API) to serve as an elected statewide party officer. She currently works in the California State Legislature as a consultant for the API Legislative Caucus and previously worked as district representative for State Senator Dr. Richard Pan (D – Sacramento).

In addition to volunteering for Bach’s upset victory over Fowler, many members of the Sacramento County Young Democrats also helped elect Alex Gallardo-Rooker as Female Vice Chair and Daniel Weitzman as Controller. All three candidates are based in Sacramento.


Sacramento County Young Democrats is the largest Young Democrat chapter in California. Comprised of Democrats ages 18-35 that live or work in Sacramento County, SCYD’s members help elect Democratic candidates to office and advocate on issues they care about. The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month. More information can be found at sacyoungdems.org

Sacramento County Young Democrats Organize for Community Forum with ICE

March 28, 2017

Kristi Thielen

Sacramento County Young Democrats Organize for Community Forum with ICE

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento County Young Democrats announced today they will peacefully organize for tonight’s forum hosted by Sheriff Scott Jones and Interim ICE Director. Young Democrats will be present at the event as a show of solidarity with the immigrant community, community and faith groups, and Sacramento residents who are against breaking up immigrant families.  

“Sacramento’s young people are sending our Sheriff a clear message,” said Robert Abelon, President of the Sacramento County Young Democrats. “We will not stand silently by while our friends, neighbors, classmates and coworkers are torn from their families. We will continue to oppose the use of local resources for federal immigration purposes every step of the way.”

Despite community outcry, Jones has stated publicly he will continue coordinating with federal immigration enforcement officials. Young Democrats view Tuesday’s forum with the Acting ICE Director as an affront to Sacramento’s community values.

In his 2016 Congressional bid against Ami Bera, Scott Jones was accused of sexual assault and mismanagement of taxpayer money.  As an organization, the Sacramento County Young Democrats will not condone that behavior and Jones’ out-of-touch attitude towards our immigrant communities.

Date: Tuesday, March 28th

Time: 4:30PM — Press Conference

            5PM — Unity Rally

            5:30PM — Forum Begins

Location: Sacramento County Youth Gym, 4000 Branch Center Road, Sacramento 95827.

Please wear white shirts in solidarity with our immigrant community and families.

There will be legal observers in attendance wearing bright green hats.

For media inquiries, contact kristi.k.thielen@gmail.com. For SCYD member media availability, please contact tanner.kelly@yahoo.com.


Sacramento County Young Democrats is the largest Young Democrat chapter in California. Comprised of Democrats ages 18-35 that live or work in Sacramento County, SCYD’s members help elect Democratic candidates to office and advocate on issues they care about. The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month. More information can be found at sacyoungdems.org.