Libertarian Youth Caucus
|Libertarian Youth Caucus (LYC)|
The Libertarian Youth Caucus is a caucus of the Libertarian Party founded at the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania State Convention in 2016 by Trent Somes and is currently chaired by Aaron Sobczak of Virginia.
The Libertarian Youth Caucus is engaged in two main goals: policy promotion and chapter creation. Its central policy focuses include recruiting and utilizing Millennial and Generation Z Libertarians, advocating for youth's rights issues to be added into the Libertarian Platform, and building influential youth voting blocs in local and state party affiliates. It's second goal entails running affiliate Libertarian Youth Caucus chapters across the county on Middle School, High School, and College Campuses.
Members of the Libertarian Youth Caucus vote at each Libertarian Convention for a leadership team, including a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer, two At-Large Positions, and six Regional Representatives. This leadership team makes up the Executive Board which manages the national operations of the caucus. In addition, the Executive Board can create other committees (for example, dedicated to membership, the bylaws, or communication) on which Executive Board members and State Leadership are expected to serve. Each committee elects a chair and a secretary. Committees may also create subcommittees for specific purposes. After a policy put into place by then Vice-Chair Theodore Gercken in 2021, subcommittees are the primary drivers of action on committees given their nimbleness and smaller size. Now, general committee meetings serve more as check-ins.
The role of Regional Representatives is to manage and support State Affiliates. State Affiliates act as their own organizations with a unique bylaws, Executive Board, and organizational structure. However, State Affiliates generally operate similarly to the national caucus. State Affiliates aim to create, support, and direct local chapters on Middle School, High School, and College Campuses across their state.
Local Affiliates (affiliates of their State Affiliate) act as their own organizations with a unique bylaws, Executive Board, and organizational structure. However, Local Affiliates generally operate similarly to their State Affiliate.
- Theodore Gercken (2021-present)
- Grant Deltz (2018-2021)
- Aaron Sobzak (VA) (2018)
- Matt Geiger (MD) (2016—2018)
- Pietro S. Geraci (unknown-present)
- Zach Lemaire (unknown-present)
The Libertarian Youth Caucus exists primarily to create and support chapters located on Middle School, High School, and College campuses around the country. These chapters are directed to also work with their local and state Libertarian Parties, and in many ways, the Libertarian Youth Caucus works as a managing organization for the youth wing of the Libertarian Party, although unofficially. The Libertarian Youth Caucus seeks to involve its members deeply in making action through official Libertarian Party Organs, setting it apart from organizations such as Students for Liberty or Young Americans for Liberty.