The Governors

Mila O'Brien of Enid Inaugurated as Oklahoma's Fifth Kid Governor

Kid Governor® is a national award-winning civics program for 5th graders created by the Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) in 2015. Timed to coincide with Election Day in November, the program 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 of in-class lessons guide teachers and students through the program.

Mila O’Brien of Enid’s Prairie View Elementary School was elected Kid Governor in the 2022 election and was inaugurated on Feb. 6, 2023 at a ceremony in the Oklahoma State Capitol. Among those in attendance were former Oklahoma Govs. George Nigh, Frank Keating, and David Walters (pictured with Mila).

Our special comic books are available for purchase for $4 each and $4 for shipping for up to 10 books. For each comic book you purchase, an Oklahoma 5th Grader will also receive a copy of the comic book. 

For more information on Oklahoma’s Kid Governor program, go to

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OICA’s Chili Cook-off Will Be March 21 at the State Capitol!

The 2023 Chili Cook-off is just around the corner on March 21. This event highlights child advocates and support for child advocacy efforts. We will be set up at the State Capitol in the south parking lot and ready to serve beginning at 11:00 AM and go until 2:00 PM.

The theme of this year’s Cook-off is “Celebrating 40 Years of Advocating for Oklahoma’s Children.”

Thank you to those Supreme Court Justices, Judges, Workers Comp Administrative Law Judges, and Capitol journalists who will serve as the chili judges!

Sponsorships are available but if you want your name, business or personal, on this year’s T-shirt, the deadline is March 1st at 5pm. Names on the T-shirt are listed for sponsors at the $100 level and logos are listed for sponsors at $250 and above. Each sponsor will receive a t-shirt and recognition at the event and on merchandise.








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