This new initiative is an opportunity for 15 students/postdocs to develop a policy brief on a topic of interest to them and contributes to the broad conference theme of building community resilience. A series of workshops/discussions will be held with participants in advance and after the conference to facilitate the development of their policy brief. Each participant will also have the opportunity to receive input from two leading rural scholars, policy makers, and knowledge mobilization experts. At the conclusion of this initiative CRRF will co-publish an online edited volume of policy briefs with the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. This initiative will provide participants an opportunity to contribute to rural policy discussions, build new networks, and have a published output.