Young people’s civic participation has positive outcomes for their educational achievement, but is insufficiently supported by formal curricula and pedagogy in Australian schools. The ruMAD? (are you Making a Difference?) program encourages, educates and empowers young people to enact social change within their school and community. An evaluation of the program included a case study of two schools – one primary and one secondary – that are using ruMAD? to engage students and drive community change in highly disadvantaged areas of Queensland and Tasmania.