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2024 YDSC
STATE CONVENTION

April 12 & April 13, 2024

Columbia & West Columbia, South Carolina

CATALYSTS FOR CHANGE

Catalysts for Change: Young Democrats Leading the Way

The 2024 Young Democrats of South Carolina Convention

The Young Democrats of South Carolina will hold our 2024 State Convention on April 12 and April 13, 2024 in Columbia, South Carolina. Elections will be held for all Executive Board offices including President, First and Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and both National Committee Members; as well as an opportunity to amend YDSC's governing documents, the Platform, and standing policies. 

 

There will be an Awards Luncheon on the afternoon of April 13 where we will also announce the new Board officers.

CHARTERING AT CONVENTION

All Chapters must re-charter each year ahead of the State Convention. Caucuses that already chartered last year do not have to charter this year, but will need to next year. Members wishing to form a new Caucus at this Convention should submit a charter application at this Convention. Chapters must fill an updated Chartering Form, maintain a minimum membership, submit an updated membership and officer list (as well as hold chapter elections).

Chapters and Prospective Caucuses are to submit their applications by Saturday, March 30.

Executive Board Elections

This Convention will hold elections for the following offices:

  • President

  • First Vice President

  • Second Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Two YDA National Committee Members, who must be of two different gender identies

Filing is now open and will close on Saturday, March 30 at 11:59 PM EDT.

CONVENTION AWARDS

Each year, the Young Democrats of South Carolina give several awards for outstanding achievements to, or for, the organization. YDSC Members can nominate a person for an award. The Convention Committee will then select three nominees for each award, then the Executive Board and Executive Council will then choose the awardees. The Awards Luncheon will be on Saturday, April 13 at the SCEA Building in West Columbia.

YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF SOUTH CAROLINA AWARDS

Don Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award

Initially named for its first recipient, former DNC Chair Don Fowler, the Fowler Award is given to a person who presented exceptional achievements to the Democratic Party, in state or nationally.

Aiken, 2016: Hon. Donald Fowler

Irmo, 2017: No awards

Columbia, 2018: No awards

Summerville, 2019: Congressman James E. Clyburn

Virtual, 2020: Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter

Virtual, 2021: Carol Fowler

Greenville, 2022: William Bilton, posthumously

Virtual, 2023: Bryanta Booker-Maxwell

Palmetto & Crescent Hall of Fame

This award recognizes those persons whose contributions to the Democratic Party and service to the Young Democrats of South Carolina have been significant, substantial, and long-standing. Initially given out in 2016 in Aiken.

Aiken, 2016: Ra Shad Frazier-Gaines

Irmo, 2017: No awards

Columbia, 2018: No awards

Summerville, 2019: Jaime Harrison

Virtual, 2020: Christale Spain

Virtual, 2021: Senator Mia McLeod

Greenville, 2022: Marcurius Byrd

Virtual, 2023: Trav Robertson

Joseph Neal Elected Official of the Year

Honors an elected official at any level of government. This award honors an official that contributes significant work to the South Carolina Democratic Party and/or Democratic values. Posthumously renamed in 2019 in honor of its first recipient, the late Rep. Joe Neal of Richland County.

Aiken, 2016: Representative Joe Neal, Richland County

Irmo, 2017: No awards

Columbia, 2018: No awards

Summerville, 2019: Representative Marvin Pendarvis, Charleston County

Virtual, 2020: Councilwoman Shaterica Neal, Town of Gray Court

Virtual, 2021: Representative Dr. Jermaine Johnson, Richland County

Greenville, 2022: Representative Spencer Whetmore, Charleston County

Virtual, 2023: Representative Heather Bauer, Richland County

President's Award for Advocacy

Given in the name of the YDSC President and in honor of previous presidents Jeni Atchley, Bree Maxwell, Mike Glymph, and Ra Shad Gaines, the President's Award is given to a person who exemplifies the action of advocacy in South Carolina, and an advocate for Democratic Party values.

Aiken, 2016: Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter

Irmo, 2017: No awards

Columbia, 2018: No awards

Summerville, 2019: Bryanta Booker-Maxwell

Virtual, 2020: Award withheld by the Executive Council

Virtual, 2021: Phillip Ford

Greenville, 2022: Emily Mayer

Virtual, 2023: Michelle Brandt

Chapter of the Year & Caucus of the Year

The Chapter of the Year award is YDSC's first award. It is given to a Chartered Unit that goes above and beyond the call of duty by activating current members, recruiting new members, and increasing civic engagement in their areas.

The Caucus of the Year award, when given, is given to a YDSC Caucus that goes above and beyond the call of duty by activating its members, recruiting new members, and increasing civic engagement with their constituency.

Awards were split in 2021 after a caucus won Chapter of the Year in 2020. Caucus of the Year will not be given out in 2024.

CHAPTER OF THE YEAR:

Greenville, 2015: Greenville County Young Democrats

Aiken, 2016: Young Democrats of the Central Midlands

Irmo, 2017: No awards

Columbia, 2018: No awards

Summerville, 2019: Sea Islands Young Democrats (precursor to the Young Democrats of the Coastal Empire)

Virtual, 2020: YDSC Progressive Caucus

Virtual, 2021: Lowcountry Young Democrats

Greenville, 2022: Young Democrats of Greenville County

Virtual, 2023: Young Democrats of Greenville County

CAUCUS OF THE YEAR

Virtual, 2021: YDSC Women's Caucus

Greenville, 2022: YDSC Progressive Caucus

Virtual, 2023: No award

This award will not be granted in 2024.

YDSC Member of the Year

Honors a YDSC Member who presents exceptional achievements and contributions to the work of their chapter and/or the organization as a whole. Initially granted in 2016.

Aiken, 2016: Marcurius Byrd, Young Democrats of the Central Midlands

Irmo, 2017: No awards

Columbia, 2018: No awards

Summerville, 2019: Austin Jackson, Young Democrats of the Central Midlands

Virtual, 2020: Micah Jenkins, Young Democrats of Anderson-Oconee-Pickens

Virtual, 2021: Brandi Matherly, Lowcountry Young Democrats

Greenville, 2022: Jeni Atchley, Lowcountry Young Democrats

Virtual, 2023: Emily Mayer, Young Democrats of the Coastal Empire

TRAILBLAZER AWARD

In 2023, an award was granted by the Convention Committee to award someone willing to take risks and start new initiatives. Someone willing to take a path that is not there, blazing a trail and leaving a path for others with the hope they too find the courage to step outside the box and create real, meaningful change.

This award was granted in 2023 to Brandi Matherly of the Lowcountry Young Democrats. YDSC does not plan to give this award this year.

CONVENTION SPONSORSHIPS

Help support the mission of YDSC by sponsoring the convention today! YDSC intends to raise $25,000 this year to grow our chapters and membership as well as turn out young voters for Democrats in the 2024 elections. ​ Please make checks payable to the Young Democrats of South Carolina or YDSC and send them to the address at the footer of the site.

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