The Jonge Democraten (in English: Young Democrats, commonly abbreviated to JD) is the largest political youth organization in The Netherlands, with more than 5.000 members. Although politically independent, JD is affiliated with the social-liberal party D66 and was founded in 1984.
Core values of JD include liberty, equality, sustainability, and pragmatism. Furthermore, JD promotes the idea of a radical democratisation of Dutch society, intergenerational solidarity, European federalism and sustainable economic development.
JD has a national board, consisting of six full-time members: a President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, Political & International Officer, Events & Trainings Officer and a Press, PR & Campaigns Officer.
There are ten regional branches centred around major cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden-Haaglanden (for Leiden, Delft and The Hague), Utrecht (including Wageningen), Brabant (Eindhoven, Tilburg), Limburg (Maastricht), Arnhem-Nijmegen, Overijssel (Enschede, Zwolle), Groningen and Friesland (Leeuwarden). The branches each organise weekly meetings, ranging from guest lectures to discussions with speakers and from debates to drinks.
Internationally, JD is an active member of LYMEC and IFLRY. Its international teams focus on a range of topics, from Latin America to the developments in the Middle East and North Africa. International affairs are handled by Dennis van Driel, the Political & International Officer. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: Lange Voorhout 86 Souterrain 02, 2514EJ The Hague, Netherlands.
Office hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00-17:00. The office is closed from the 2nd of July until the 2nd of September. On these days the national board can still be reached by mail or phone.
Telephone: +31 70 444 3376 (during office hours) / +31 6 1551 4097