A fifth-grader who wants to battle the bullying epidemic has just been sworn in as Oregon’s first Kid Governor. Dom Peters was named to the position after submitting a video on his platform of choice and beating out lots of other candidates to be elected to his one-year term by fellow fifth-graders across Oregon.
Dom is only 11, but he has a three point plan to combat bullying, which he laid out in his inaugural address. The national Kid Governor Program encourages students to learn about government and create a platform to help bring change for the greater good and by electing Dom, we see what’s most important to young people in the state.
The new Kid Governor admits he was nervous at his inauguration, “probably not unlike how real governors feel on their first day in office.” And his new title hasn’t gone to his head yet. “I don’t want people to think I have a lot of authority,” Dom explains. “I’m just a kid.”