New Hampshire’s Kid Governor® (NHKG) is led by the NH Institute for Civics Education and the NH Institute of Politics. It is a state affiliate of Kid Governor®, an award-winning civics program created by the Connecticut Democracy Center.


Timed to coincide with Election Day in November, NHKG is an annual program that offers schools 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 consisting of free, custom-designed lesson plans guide classroom teachers through the program and teach students about state government in their state, the history and process of voting, and active participation in civic life.



2020-2021 Toolkits

The Toolkit for Classes and Nominating a Candidate and Voting* is for classes/schools that will nominating a student for consideration in the 2020 Statewide Election (one nominee per school). The toolkit includes lessons about New Hampshire's three branches of government, the role of the governor, the history and process of voting, leadership, identifying and researching important community issues, developing campaign platforms and speeches, filming your nominee’s campaign video, and analyzing campaign videos. 


Toolkit - Voting Only ClassesThe Toolkit for Voting-Only Classes* is for classes/schools that will only be voting in the Statewide Election (not nominating a student). This Toolkit is a condensed version of the Toolkit for Classes Nominating a Candidate and Voting and includes lessons about New Hampshire’s three branches of government, the role of the governor, this history and process of voting, leadership, and analyzing campaign videos.




2019 NH's Kid Governor - Lola Gianelli

Lola Gianelli’s farewell speech at Suzy Brand’s inauguration speaks volumes to the power of this program.  As NH’s first Kid Governor, Lola worked hard to promote the program and her platform.  We are so proud of Lola’s work!  

Our programs in action!

Friendly and welcoming with great ideas to share and implement in our classrooms.
- Teacher, 2019
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Please contact us with any questions you may have about any of our programs or would like additional information.

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