For Students: Running for Office

Do you want to be your state’s Kid Governor? Are you ready to run for office and make a positive change in your community and statewide? Check below to see if you are eligible to run for Kid Governor!

2016 and 2017 Connecticut’s Kid Governors Elena and Jessica on the floor of the Connecticut General Assembly.
  • Is there a Kid Governor program in your state?
  • Are you a 5th grade student?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, then congratulations! You are eligible to run for Kid Governor of your state! Talk to your teacher to figure out how your school or home school group can participate.

If you answered no to one of these questions, don’t worry! You can still make a difference in your community. Please visit our Student Action Resource Center to get tips on how to make an impact on an issue you care about. And if you’re interested in bringing the Kid Governor program to your state, please visit our “Bring Kid Governor to Your State!” page to learn more.

What does the Kid Governor do?

Students who are elected to be their state’s Kid Governor spend their one year term of office working on their community issues. They create videos, write blog posts, meet with constituents, and much more to spread awareness about their community issue and work to make a change. Below are some examples of some of the things past Kid Governors have done during their terms in office.

2016 Connecticut’s Kid Governor Elena Tipton was elected for her Campaign for Kindness during the first ever Statewide Election for a Kid Governor. During her term and as a part of her platform, she brought Buddy Benches to fourteen schools across the state of Connecticut.

2017 Connecticut’s Kid Governor Jessica Brocksom created a video to educate students and adults alike on how they can be responsible pet owners. Because of her work helping animals during her term, Jessica was named the 2017 Kid of the Year by the ASPCA.

2018 Oregon’s Kid Governor Dom Peters gave a tour of the Oregon State Capitol and a civics lesson with the help of his state’s Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, and a Supreme Court Justice. Dom also wrote a book to promote kindness called Pippin and the Super Kind Friends Club!

2018 Connecticut’s Kid Governor Megan Kasperowski held a fundraiser during her term to help bring entertainers to local children’s hospitals. Her Stronger Than Cancer fundraiser raised almost $5,000 to lift the spirits and change the lives of those with cancer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital in New Haven, CT. CTKG Megan was also able to donate money to cancer research happening in Connecticut.