MYD’s newest Member of the Month is Sahand Shahrabani! Sahand joined MYD earlier this year after relocating from San Francisco to NYC. Within a few short months, he has quickly become one of MYD’s superstar members! He is a constant presence at all of MYD’s meetings and events, and also contributes to MYD’s blog. He has also represented MYD at a variety of events, including the Eric Garner march (which he blogged about HERE), the People’s Climate March, and AFL-CIO’s 9/11 Health Watch Benefit. He is also an elected member of the Queens County Committee.
Sahand was actively involved with the San Francisco Young Democrats before he moved to NYC. When he arrived in NYC, he knew that he needed to become involved in New York’s Young Democratic scene, as it would be a great opportunity for him to network and meet like-minded people. Sahand found MYD simply by googling “Young Dems” and “NYC”! We’re so fortunate that we can attract awesome members this way!
Sahand’s love for politics began at an early age: “I got involved with politics at a young age passionately following elections and was intrigued by the fascinating and exciting structure of political campaigns. Although I didn’t get seriously involved in politics until late in my college years. Off the top of my head, I’d have to say my favorite memory in politics, was witnessing President Obama become elected, it was truly a great moment in our nation’s history.”
While there are many issues that are near and dear to Sahand’s heart, his current signature policy is youth engagement: “[It] has been something I’ve been extremely passionate about. Election after election, young people continue to be labeled as being uninformed or uninterested. For me, I hope to do my part to change this unfortunate stereotype.”
Sahand’s favorite thing about living in NYC so far is the ability to experience a new environment and meeting amazing people. Admittedly though, the hardest part about living in New York for Sahand has been learning to navigate the subway system: “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gotten lost on the subway!”
You can meet Sahand and other active young MYD members at our next general body meeting on Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm at the Gramercy Park Bar (322 2nd Avenue)
Learn more about how you can become involved in MYD on our membership page.