What Is a Community Issue?

Community Issues are problems or concerns that a community (town, neighborhood, or other community group) has and believes they can fix.

Do you notice any problems in your school or town? Perhaps you notice bullying in the hallways, litter on the streets, people in need of food, or animals in need of help. These are all examples of community issues and there are many more. Read on for examples of community issues that fifth graders have ran for Kid Governor on.

What community issue do you want to see changed in your school or town community?


How can kids make a difference around community issues?

There are lots of ways! Some suggestions are listed below– click on them for more information.

  • Working with your classmates and friends (COMING SOON!)
  • Writing to your elected officials
  • Using the media to gain support (COMING SOON!)
  • Staring a petition (COMING SOON!)

Community Issues from Past Candidates and Nominees

  • Access to Technology
  • Active Learning
  • Advocating for Children with Disabilities
  • After School Clubs
  • Animal Abuse
  • Animal Adoption
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Animal Rescue
  • Animal Rights
  • Animal Shelters
  • Bike Lanes
  • Bullying
  • Bus Safety
  • Cancer
  • Censorship
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Poverty
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Children’s Literacy
  • Cleaning Up Our Community
  • Climate Change
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Distracted Driving
  • Diversity
  • Drug Awareness
  • Eliminating/Reducing Homework
  • Eliminating Styrofoam Trays
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Exercise
  • Fitness
  • Food for All
  • Foster Care
  • Healthcare
  • Helping Students with Disabilities
  • Helping Kids with Reading Disabilities
  • Helping the Less Fortunate
  • Homeless Animals
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Inclusion in Schools
  • Kindness
  • LGBTQ+ Youth Safety
  • Life Skills Education
  • Limiting Electronic Use
  • Literacy
  • Littering
  • Making the Elderly Feel Valued
  • Misunderstood Kids
  • Pollution
  • Poverty
  • Preventing Child Abuse
  • Preventing Kids in Gangs
  • Recess
  • Recycling
  • Senior Pet Adoption
  • School Shootings
  • School Lunches
  • School Spending
  • Smoking
  • Student Safety
  • Supporting Non-Kill Shelters
  • Well Rounded Education