What is New Hampshire's Kid Governor®?
 Kid Governor® is a national award-winning civics program for 5th graders created by the Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) in 2015. New Hampshire’s Kid Governor® (NHKG) is led by the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and New Hampshire Institute of Politics with support from the New Hampshire State House and Department of Education. The program is timed to coincide with Election Day in November and offers each school in New Hampshire the opportunity to enter one student candidate into a statewide election that other 5th graders vote in. Classes can vote in the election, nominate a classmate to run for office, or both! Toolkits of in-class lessons guide teachers and students through the program.
 

NHKG candidates work with their classmates to create a campaign video outlining:
  • Why they want to be NHKG
  • Their leadership qualities and skills
  • A community issue they care about
  • A three-point plan that will help 5th graders across New Hampshire make a difference on that issue
An Advisory Committee of civics and education professionals will watch the NHKG campaign videos and select the final seven candidates. During the Statewide Election on November 2-9, 2018, registered classes will watch each video and students will cast their votes. The candidate with the most votes statewide is then named NHKG.
 
The winning candidate serves a full-year term with all the benefits and responsibilities of being Kid Governor. These duties include: creating videos to share with constituents and other students about his/her community issue, maintaining a blog about his/her community issue and actions being taken by students statewide to make a difference, meeting and speaking with students and adults across the state, and participating in programs and events with the 
New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

For more information about how your 5th grade class can participate in NHKG, please visit: How can my class participate?