Oregon’s seventh Kid Governor sworn in

SALEM, Ore. – Some big news from Salem Thursday. Oregon inaugurated its seventh kid governor.

Portland 5th grader Zoya Shah ran on a platform to create mental health awareness in kids.

Her three point plan includes removing stigma, identifying triggers that can cause anxiety and depression, and providing support and tools for kids to cope.

“I feel it is important to create awareness because there are still people out there who think its ridiculous that a kid could have anxiety or depression and some people also feel embarrassed to talk about their feelings,” Shah said. “The only way to solve the problem is to first acknowledge that we have one.”

Shah holds the title of Kid Governor for all of 2024.

The Kid Governor program has been in place in Oregon since 2017 to help 5th graders get involved in civic education.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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