What is a community issue?

Community issues are problems or concerns that a community (town, neighborhood or another community group) has and believes they can fix.

Do you notice any problems in your school or town? Perhaps you notice bullying in the hallways, litter on the streets, people in need of food, or animals in need of help. These are all examples of community issues, and there are many more.

Activity: Choosing a Community Issue

Talk with your classmates about the problems you see in your community that you want to change. Make a list of the three issues you care most about and why you chose them. Write the issues down on a piece of paper or on the Community Issues Worksheet.

When you’ve made your list, share it with your class. Think about:
  • Is anyone else in your class interested in helping with one of the issues you’ve identified? 
  • Which community issue is most important to you and why?
  • Which community issue will you focus on?

For inspiration, watch the campaign videos of past Kid Governor candidates. You will find lots of good ideas for issues you can take action on!
Students in New Hampshire: since this is the first year of Kid Governor in your state, check out videos from Connecticut and Oregon for inspiration. We will have videos from your fellow 5th graders later this fall!

Remember to download the Community Issues Worksheet! 

Next Step: How do I learn more about a community issue?

Back to the Student Action Resource Center homepage.