In July 2012, Brad Montague and Robby Novak had an idea to inspire the nation.
Their vision was founded on the belief that a child’s voice is unique and powerful in its ability to create change.
On Thursday, people in the Hays area will get a chance to experience that change firsthand when Kid President takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Montague — the Kid President series creator — previously worked with children and teens at GO!, a summer camp dedicated to youth who want to change the world.
That launched the concept of Kid President, who is played by Novak, Montague’s brother-in-law. Since its inception it has brought them on a roller-coaster ride, from the White House to connecting with best-selling authors and high-profile actors.
A large part of the success stemmed from their collaboration with Soul Pancake, Rainn Wilson’s media company. Wilson is better known as portraying “Dwight” from the television series “The Office.” The Kid President series is about affecting and inspiring those who view the series.
Suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bones Disease, Novak, 12, already has suffered more than 70 bone fractures.
“Many people don’t know this, but Robby has a condition that makes it difficult for him to give even a handshake,” said Vince Bowhay, director of Memorial Union at FHSU, the entity sponsoring the event.
The disease hasn’t quieted Kid President’s message. His video “Pep Talk From Kid President to You” has more than 37 million views on YouTube. Routinely the series receives millions of views.
The duo has won a Webby award for the YouTube series, as well as published a New York Times best-selling children’s book, the “Guide to Being Awesome.”
Their quirky and fun-loving message that has touched the lives of many.
“It is so easy for us in society to take cheap shots and laugh at vulgar jokes,” Bowhay said. “But events like this allow us to come together and celebrate the better parts of human nature.”
That is the essence of any Kid President video.
“These kinds of events are so special for the Fort Hays community,” Bowhay said. “This is where students’ fee dollars go; the UAB is student-led. This is what (students) voted for.”
Montague is the keynote speaker Thursday, but Novak will be there to lead team-building activities as well. The event is free to students and the community.