Developing Rural Leaders

RDI’s flagship program provides a foundation to grow vital communities by training a critical mass of connected leaders.  Program participants learn to identify community needs, work together to identify priorities, and ensure community projects are implemented.

In rural communities we understand that leadership is not a position, it’s an activity! Anyone at any time has the opportunity to grow the skills to be a leader. The purpose of RDI’s Rural Community Leadership Program (RCLP) is to connect rural residents to each other and to their communities in a way that promotes vitality in rural places. Our leadership training is based on the belief that vital rural communities develop from:

  • A broad base of diverse, knowledgeable, skilled, and connected local leaders
  • Effective organizations
  • Productive collaborations among all voices in a community
Apply Now for Sweet Home Youth Community Leadership Class

Sweet Home-area youth (grades 7–9) are invited to participate in the upcoming Youth Rural Community Leadership class. Apply by November 1 and learn to make a difference, expand your skills, meet others in your community, and work on a project together with the rest of your class. This program starts November 11 and is offered at no cost to participants, thanks to the generous support of the City of Sweet Home, Oregon. Click here to learn more and register today.


Christian Vazquez-Rivera

Bilingual Program Manager cvazquezrivera (at)

Heidi Khokhar

Executive Director
hkhokhar (at)

Jessie Katon

Executive and Finance Coordinator
jkaton (at)