As a 20 year old college democrat I may be able to shed some light on this subject.
Many of my peers have great political potential but lack the real drive to get involved. Put simply, they do not seek out politics. I believe we need to bring the issues to them and explain not only why they should care but what they can do about it.
Leighton is dead on concerning the severe lack of action going on. Most college democrat groups are completely unorganized and only really come alive during the presidential elections. The problem there is that these students only experience the mostly dissatisfying taste of a national election. There's more to politics than just the crazy mudslinging that every 4 years brings. Action on the local and state level is critical and needs to be supported as well.
YDA can fill the needed role of mentoring these groups all over the country. As it stands now, disorganization is turning people away from politics and these democratic clubs are folding as a result. My peers can go a long way with just a little guidance and help getting started.
Now is the time to change this tide. Frustration can be translated into action. Apathy can be transformed into commitment.