Why is this Important?


As an educator or parent, you witness the enthusiasm kids have to better the world around them.  This program will harness that enthusiasm to encourage action through civic participation. By using technology – a familiar communication tool and powerful platform for action – the innovative and practical Kid Governor® program illustrates how elections work and how Oregon residents of all ages can choose to participate in our democratic society. The lessons inspire students to be lifelong agents of change, active participants in our government, and registered voters when they turn 18!

Oregon's Kid Governor® – both the program and the student winner – are vehicles for teaching students civic skills and community mindedness statewide. As such, the goals of the program align with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www.p21.org) and Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools’ (www.civicmissionofschools.org) goals for 21st-century civic learning and citizenship.