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Ontario institute seeks young leaders for rural pilot program

May 19, 2020  By Greenhouse Canada (with files from Rural Ontario Institute)

The Rural Ontario Institute is now accepting applications for their Rural Change Makers pilot program.

Open to candidates between 18 and 29 years of age, the program seeks to help young adults wanting to make a difference in their rural communities and establish a network of rural change makers across Ontario.

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 online, come together for a face-to-face customized, experiential event. Additional personalized coaching will take place, as-needed, either in-person, phone or via email.


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

The Rural Change Makers pilot program has a value of $4800 per participant, and is partly funded by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.

Participants will receive:

  • 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
  • coaching support

More details can be found here
Deadline is May 22.

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