Christian Democratic Youth Appeal Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Democratic_Youth_Appeal

Christian Democratic Youth Appeal
Christen Democratische Jongeren Appèl
ChairpersonTom Scheepstra
Founded1981; 41 years ago (1981)
HeadquartersBuitenom 18
The Hague, Netherlands
IdeologyChristian democracy
ColoursGreen and Orange
Mother partyChristian Democratic Appeal
European affiliationYouth of the European People's Party (YEPP)

The Christian Democratic Youth Appeal (Dutch: Christen-Democratische Jongeren Appèl), officially abbreviated as CDJA, is the youth organisation of the political party Christian Democratic Appeal in the Netherlands. It came about via the merging of the political youth organisations ARJOS, CHJO and the KVP-jongerenorganisatie.

The organisation is affiliated with Christian Democrats locally, nationally and internationally. Throughout the Netherlands there are about fifty divisions active of the CDJA. These organisations are primarily concerned with provincial and local politics.

The CDJA is involved not only with politics, but also is involved in programmes to increase mutual awareness and connectedness of CDJA youth throughout the organisation. In addition, it offers training and education to young people. While the CDJA is officially independent of the CDA, they do work closely together. While they share the same values, they can differ on opinion on subjects.


Like the CDA the CDJA is a political organization that belongs to the Christian democratic movement.[1] This political movement based on the ideas of the Christian Democracy . This viewpoint includes: public justice, spread responsibility, solidarity and stewardship. Together with the CDA the CDJA see these as essential in politics and society.


The CDJA is a member of YEPP, the youth organization of the European People's Party. In addition, the CDJA active in organizations such as the YIMD that encourages multi-party democracy in developing countries in Africa and South America.


Start End Name
1981 1984 Johan de Leeuw
1984 1988 Hans Huibers
1988 1992 Ad Koppejan
1992 1996 Jack de Vries
1996 2000 Teusjan Vlot
2000 2002 Loek Schueller
2002 2004 Pim Walenkamp
2004 2004 Maarten Jansen
2004 2005 Ronald van Bruchem
2006 2009 Harry van der Molen
2009 2011 Jeroen van Velzen
2011 2013 Arrie Vis
2013 2017 Julius Terpstra
2017 2017 Ard Warnink
2017 2019 Lotte Schipper
2019 2021 Hielke Onnink
2021 present Tom Scheepstra

Former members[edit]

A number of prominent politicians have been former members, they include:


  1. ^ "Grondslagen". Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-02.

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