Rural Change Makers

Thanks for dropping by to learn more about Rural Change Makers!

The 2020 Change Makers cohort has been announced! 

Nineteen participants, aged 18 to 29, from across Ontario will build upon their existing talents through networking and training together.

Each Change Maker will mobilize their community to take action on an important issue. 

Why? Because they want to make a difference in the place they care about. 

Please visit our Change Makers participants' page

To hear more details about this pilot 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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More information:

The Rural Ontario Institute is piloting a program that will prepare young adults to mobilize action for their community. Up to 30 motivated young adults will be selected by application to join the experience. These leaders will participate in a series of developmental training webinars, be connected with each other on-line, come together for a face-to-face customized, experiential event.  This will support them to take action on a challenge/opportunity that they have helped their community to select. Additional personalized coaching will take place, as-needed, either in-person, phone or via email.

As the Change Makers are being prepared they 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 the confidence and build their networks to mobilize action with their community. The aim of the new program is to: 
  • Build rural youth leadership capacity
  • Catalyze impactful rural development outcomes for communities and regions
  • Broaden public engagement in rural development initiatives
Due to funding provided by the Ontario Government and generous sponsors, participants selected for the pilot will receive at no cost to them:
  • instructional learning via webinars on Community Development;
  • certification from Campus for Communities of the Future upon successful completion of the program;
  • the opportunity to join other rural change makers at a two day workshop to prepare you to lead your community while tackling a priority;
  • coaching support throughout your journey.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Vicki at