4-H Canada Blog

Youth Engagement – Sowing the Seeds for the Future of Agriculture

By Shannon Benner, CEO, 4-H Canada

4-H Canada Investing in Me Internship with FoodShare

When I was first approached about the Investing in Me internship I was beyond excited at the prospect of …. I was nervous, however, as I didn’t know much about the people I’d be working with, what I’d be doing and what the experience would be overall. 

How 4-H is Sparking Science Cultivating Curiosity

How 4-H is Sparking Science Cultivating Curiosity

We believe that youth can effect change within Canada and the world. They have the potential to innovatively solve some of planet’s biggest challenges, like the capacity to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050, to addressing the labour gaps along the way.

But in order for youth to succeed in the future, we must provide them with the opportunities to expand their skills and increase their knowledge today. That is why we recently expanded our Science and Technology Leadership Development Pillar to include a nation-wide Science Fair.

Authentic Life Experiences

Authentic Life Experiences

A recent study by Employment and Social Development Canada highlighted that from 2013 to 2022 there will be almost 74,000 projected job openings in Canadian agriculture, but only 49,000 projected job seekers- that is a 34 per cent shortfall. For Canada’s passionate 4-H members, this means a world of opportunity as they prepare to become the leaders in the advancement of agriculture.

Our Summer Opportunities provides a chance for 4-H members to get relevant and meaningful work or volunteer experience to help fill the impending job gap in the agriculture sector. Our Summer Opportunities, which include Careers on the Grow, 4-H Going Global Exchanges, Club to Club Exchanges and the newly launched Going Global Exchanges in Ghana give them a true “Learn To Do By Doing” experience.

You(th) Can Feed the Planet – One Action at a Time

The world is facing a growing hunger challenge. The World Food Programme estimates that currently one in nine people do not have enough to eat. That means there are nearly 800 million hungry people in the world, mainly women and children. Between 2015 and 2050, the global population is expected to rise from seven billion to nine billion people. This will happen in the face of climate change and less farm land.

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