Connecticut’s Kid Governor (CTKG) is a national award-winning statewide civics program for 5th graders created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) in 2015. Timed to coincide with Election Day in November, the program offers each school in Connecticut 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.
CTKG candidates work with their classmates to create a campaign video outlining:
- Why they want to be CTKG
- Their leadership qualities and skills
- A community issue that they want to address and why it’s important
- A three-point plan that will help 5th graders across Connecticut make a difference on that issue
From the pool of candidates, an Advisory Committee of civics and educational professionals chooses the final seven candidates and CPAN posts their videos online. During the Statewide Election (November 5-13, 2018), registered classes watched and analyze the campaign videos and vote for the platform and candidate they want to support. The candidate with the most votes statewide is then named CTKG.
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, participating in programs and events with the Connecticut Public Affairs Network, and having a special CTKG Office.
For more about how your 5th grade class can participate in CTKG, please visit the “How to Participate” page.
(Above) Brian Cofrancesco, the Head of Kid Governor®, discusses how he came up with the idea of the CTKG program, how the CPAN Education Team made this idea a reality and how the first year of the program went.