Kid Governor 2017 Audrey Patton

Sunbeam Family Services and OICA Launch Search for Oklahoma’s Kid Governor

Sunbeam Family Services and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) are looking to select its third Oklahoma Kid Governor to be the voice and face of the agencies’ “Vote 4 Kids” and “2018: Year of the Child” campaigns that will address statewide issues affecting the well-being of Oklahoma’s children.

“Encouraging young people to get involved at this early age will allow them to have a voice on issues important to Oklahoma’s children,” said Joe Dorman, CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.  “I hope we have many young Oklahomans take advantage of this opportunity to be a spokesperson for their generation.”

To be selected as Oklahoma Kid Governor, candidates must be between the ages of 7 and 11 years old, live in Oklahoma, and submit a one-minute campaign video to Sunbeam Family Services outlining:

  • Who they are (name, age, school and where they live)
  • Why they want to be Oklahoma’s Kid Governor
  • What qualities and skills as a spokesperson they will bring to the position
  • Talk about an issue involving the state’s children that they think is very important and why it’s important. The issue could be child abuse and neglect, education, foster care, physical or mental health of children or any topic chosen by the candidate.

Videos longer than one minute will be disqualified.

The person selected as Kid Governor in this statewide search should be out-going, able to speak well, have a sense of humor and be passionate about helping other people—especially kids.  In addition, the Kid Governor must be willing to travel to Oklahoma City to appear at live gatherings and in videos without compensation. 

“Over the last two years, Oklahoma’s Kid Governor has raised awareness about important matters affecting Oklahoma’s children in a fun and educational way. Kids can’t vote so we adults have to vote for kids by keeping them a high priority in our own house but also in our State,” said Jim Priest, CEO of Sunbeam Family Services.

Oklahoma’s Kid Governor will be selected in late July by committee members from Sunbeam and OICA and will serve until July 2019. Throughout the “Vote 4 Kids” and “2018: Year of the Child” campaigns, he or she will do some public speaking and will appear in short video presentations to help raise awareness of issues affecting children and to help make those issues a priority in the minds of Oklahoma’s citizens and policy makers. 

Oklahoma’s Kid Governors have represented Oklahoma’s children by helping to raise awareness about foster care, the need for quality education, poverty and hunger across the state.

Please submit your Oklahoma Kid Governor videos by July 13, 2018 to Jane Meeks at or post to the Sunbeam Facebook Page







Past Kid Governors:

2018 Will be announced at the Fall Forum in October
2017 Audrey Patton
2016 Justin Evers

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