Oregon’s Kid Governor is a statewide civics program for fifth graders managed by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

Each year, fifth graders from across Oregon develop their leadership skills by picking a topic they care about, and creating a campaign video and a three-point plan to address the issue. After that, a selection committee looks at all the entries, and selects the seven most impressive submissions.

This year, Alayna, a fifth grader at Forest Ridge Elementary, was chosen as one of seven Kid Governor 2019 finalists for her campaign on “Stranger Danger.”

Alayna developed the acronym SHINE, an important and easy word that kids can remember, that means:

  • S – Stranger Danger
  • H – Helpers to Trust
  • I – Internet Awareness
  • N – Know Your Numbers
  • E – Everybody in a Group

In her campaign video, Alayna explains how remembering SHINE can help keep kids safe. Her three-point plan expands on this.

As one of the seven Kid Governor finalists, Alayna got to visit the Oregon State Capitol and meet Governor Brown. What an honor! Congratulations Alayna on being selected as one of the Top seven Kid Governor finalists in the state!