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Planning for rural community building

Planning for rural community building

Rural residents can connect virtually to strategize about rural youth engagement

By Joe Callahan

A two-year-old company committed to building community using online conferencing technology is set to host another session in its series of gatherings on Wednesday.

Rural on Purpose invites participants to discuss a range of topics in its online gathering called    Murmurations-Heart to Heart. October’s focus is Rural Youth Engagement.

The first session on Wednesday will feature presentations from Melissa Wyatt and Jodi Cooper, representing a Hastings and Prince Edward County organization called YOUTH2YOUTH. The organization is supported by the United Way of Hastings Prince-Edward.

In the next session, Brandon and Britney Schielack will discuss the PlatForum Academy’s Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Program, out of the Austin, Texas area. Finally, Wayne Kelly from Brandon University will highlight digital tools and skills used by rural youth.

Mary Doyle, co-founder of Rural On Purpose, has organized numerous activities designed to bring people together, share ideas and then move forward with planned outcomes.

Doyle works with smaller communities to promote entrepreneurship mindsets, create opportunities and define new ways forward, she says.

“We work with the willing,” says Doyle.

Participation in these forums is free of charge.

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