I'm proud to write to you for a second time as President of the Greater New Haven Young Democrats to present my goals for the year.
GNHYD is going to act much differently in 2017 than it did in 2016, and hopefully you've already seen some of the changes. In the early weeks of 2017, we have already cosponsored a community conversation, endorsed a local candidate for a special election, and volunteered to help maintain a majority in the Connecticut House of Representatives.
2017 is going to be about action.
Throughout the year, my goal is to sponsor and cosponsor a substantial number of events to provide GNHYD members with the opportunities they are looking for. In the coming weeks, we will be furthering our efforts to help Dorinda Borer win a seat in the General Assembly, hosting community forums for local elected officials, and working to bring more young people together.
The Executive Board is working to develop two major Spring events:
1. A launch seminar where local experts will speak on a variety of hot topics. My goal is to boost knowledge on what the public needs to know, attract individuals to GNHYD, and to raise money to be used in future months once campaign season is in full swing.
2. A training day where individuals can learn everything and anything there is to know about running for office, running a campaign, and working on a campaign. We'll be inviting elected officials and campaign experts to speak. We need more candidates and more volunteers.
Come campaign season, my goal is to be able to provide candidates with the bodies they need. Matt Matis, my Endorsement Coordinator, has a tough task ahead. But he is up for it and off to a great start so far with the 115th State Representative special election. The Executive Board will be dedicating numerous hours to volunteering, and I hope our membership follows our lead.
Very importantly, we need effective ways to communicate what we're doing.
We have traditionally used our Facebook group to publicize news and events, which works well at times. Our email list is growing, but inboxes are inundated with alerts, invites, and asks. For the past few weeks, the Executive Board has been testing Slack, an app that will help us communicate in real time with members. In the next week or two, you will be invited to join our Slack channel.
Never forget that we can make a difference. "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time," said President Obama. "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." I look forward to a very productive and effective year.