Youth Engagement Showcase

The Youth Engagement Showcase features stories of youth taking charge and tackling important issues, highlights the impact youth can have in their communities and demonstrates how different types of rural communities can successfully involve youth in addressing local challenges.

As nominations are gathered from communities across Ontario, a selection committee will identify compelling stories to be profiled on the Youth Engagement Showcase page here on the ROI site, with a photo and description that describes the youth’s accomplishments and the community of support around them. Two youth will be selected to speak at the Parks & Recreation Ontario (PRO) Educational Forum on April 12th, 2018. Four nominees will  be randomly chosen to receive $500 that will be directed to their registered charity of choice. 

To best capture the contributions of this individual, and the local context in which they are involved, we encourage you to consider the criteria listed below before completing the nomination form.

Nominations are now closed.

What is an Engaged Rural Youth?

Activities: The combined energies, knowledge and skill of engaged residents fuel the engine of community wellbeing. Civic engagement, for the purpose of this initiative, encapsulates a wide variety of activities, aimed at community betterment. Some examples of civic engagement include, but are not limited to:

  • Volunteering
  • Fundraising
  • Recreational event planning
  • Advocacy
  • Debate
  • Activism
  • Participating in a committee
  • Formal political involvement 

Geography: This is a rural showcase – what is the geography that qualifies? We are looking to showcase youth from rural communities who themselves are engaged in rural communities. We do understand, however, it may not always be that simple. Please try to identify the nature of the geography(s) at play.

Age: Youth is considered to be individuals 29 and under. 

About Your Nominee: What do I include in my nomination?

Civic Engagement Activities: List any specific activities the nominee has initiated, participated in or supported. Be specific about what these activities entailed.

Programming & Organizations: List the different programming and/or organizations they have been involved in that have supported their civic engagement.

Impact: Identify any tangible success stories/outcomes stemming from their engagement. How have they improved the community(s) they have been working in?

Motivations and Inspirations: List any known motivations/inspirations they have for civic engagement: 

  • Personal Values   
  • Family history
  • Role models 
  • Specifice experiences
  • Future personal/career ambitions
  • Organizations

Read about the 2016/2017 Youth Engagement Showcase nominees on our Youth Engagement Showcase Stories page.

Watch the 2015/2016 video of two early-bird nominees presenting at the ROMA speaks conference here.

Watch the 2014/2015 videos here.