Rural Change Makers

In case you missed it, catch our Rural Change Makers presentation on replay! A big thank you to the Rural Ontario Municipal Association for having us #ROMA2022. Please refer to the program details page for the updated dates. 

2023 Rural Change Makers Program

Are you or someone you know eager to lead change in your community? Would you like to learn new techniques for engagement and ways to effectively mobilize change around issues important to your community? Are you between the ages of 19-35 and from rural Ontario? The rural Change Makers makers is a life-changing, experiential learning program that will help you reach your goals. Be sure to subscribe to our ENewsletter to be notified when recruitment begins for the 2023 Rural Change Makers program.

Nominate the Change Maker in your community to be a part of ROI's 2023 Rural Change Makers program by filling out our nomination form below. 


If you have any questions, please reach out to Gabrielle Ferguson at

In case you missed it! Catch our latest information session on the 2022 Rural Change Makers Program. We go over the program outline, objectives and answer questions. - Please note that the dates of the program curriculum in this video have changed. Please refer to the program details page for the updated dates. 

The Rural Ontario Institute will select and prepare up to 30 motivated young adults, between the ages of 19-35, from across Ontario to mobilize action in their community, structured around an identified priority in their region. As a group, these leaders will participate in a series of developmental, online training webinars and come together for a face-to-face customized, experiential event, both of which will support them to take action on a challenge/opportunity that they have selected in their community. Additional personalized coaching will take place, as-needed, either in-person, phone or via email.

During the program the Change Makers will organize at least two events: 

  1. A “discovery session” with local stakeholders and community members focusing on an asset-based approach and linking them with allies in their mobilization efforts;
  2. A “community action lab” or event oriented at producing an action plan towards a short-term concrete project that will be the focus of their initial steps in effecting the change they want to see in their community. 

This program will help young adults gain confidence and build their networks to mobilize action with their community. The aim of the new program is to: 

  • Provide professional development for young adults

  • Build rural youth leadership capacity

  • Catalyze impactful rural development outcomes for communities and regions

  • Broaden public engagement in rural development initiatives


Additional Resources

Please visit our 2020 Change Makers participants' page to meet last year's cohort.

To hear more details about this program please listen to this informational webinar.

Here's Rachel's story of being a  Municipal Youth Engagement Intern in Perth County

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