You might belong to a political party at Youth and Government, but how much do you know about what they do? Savannah Dryden from the Delta Party gave Y&G News the rundown on the typical day in the life of someone involved behind the scenes.
It begins with the chairpersons sitting down with members of the program area and explaining how they’d like to run their designated parties. After listening to their pitches, the members write down their favorites in order of preference, one through five. They then get assigned to a chairperson based on their top choices and go from there.
After they all split into their designated parties, they decide as a group what issues to focus on. It can be funding schools, focusing on women’s rights or even assistance of homeless and unemployed veterans. To pick what topics they desire, they play a sort of “gamble” to see how to divide them all up evenly. This explains the pie charts in joint session portraying the percentages of different topics the parties focus on. The most difficult part is deciding what candidates to support, Dryden said.
The parties then start to decide which candidates they want involved based on their campaign. For example, the Delta Party stands for change and is centered around women’s rights, education reform and drugs. They set their sights on Sydney Custer because she resonates with their cause, Dryden said. However, the party cannot automatically annex a candidate just because they have the same values. There is a mixer at Training and Elections One where candidates mingle with parties to see which they side with the most. Then the candidate has to give their consent.
After they find a candidate, the parties start to prepare for joint session, where everybody will be seeing the promotion for their cause. The parties have to prepare several things, including a descriptive video, signs representing the party, a party symbol and a catchy slogan. The delegates then will hopefully join their party and vote for one of their candidates in return.
When a delegate joins a party, the people running it benefit greatly. Each delegate automatically earns the party “100 dollars,” which can be traded for items to make a stronger campaign and make the movement more popular. They trade for things such as poster paper, markers and other resources to draw the eye of the public.