National Opportunities

Each year, 4-H Canada organizes a number of opportunities for members of the 4-H community. These programs focus on a range of thematic issues and topic areas. They are about being part of the 4-H movement in Canada, where delegates connect with peers from across the country, sharing similar interests and passions in support of common goals and ideals.

Take a look around, and learn about the opportunities that are waiting for you through 4-H Canada!

4-H Canada Leadership Summit

Open to 4-H Volunteers, Staff, and YAC Members: Selection through your provincial office

This professional development opportunity provides a stimulating and engaging forum for learning, sharing experiences, and contributing to the growing 4-H movement. Programming is organized into relevant focus areas and streams—with participants selecting daily sessions to attend based on their educational needs and personal development goals.

2016 Leadership Summit

This year’s Leadership Summit falls under theme of the Environment and Healthy Living. Particpants will have the chance to:

  • connect with 4-H colleagues and strengthen our 4-H network across Canada
  • share ideas, skills and knowledge
  • promote the health and well-being of our club members and ourselves as leaders
  • make a positive environmental impact in our communities and inspire others to take on environmental stewardship

Keynote presentations, workshops and hands-on demonstrations will provide tools and ideas for engaging 4-H youth in experiential learning. Additional streams will be offered that explore best practice in 4-H programming, administration, risk management and funds development.

To learn more about the 2016 Leadership Summit, click here.

4-H Canada Citizenship Congress

Open to 4-H Members Ages 16-21: Selection through your provincial office   

Developed in 1972 as a way to unite 4-H members from across the country, this flagship program gives 4-H youth knowledge and insight about Canada, its history and its systems. Delegates explore and develop skills related to civic engagement, governance, parliamentary procedures, citizenship and politics.  

4-H Canada Members Forum

Open to 4-H Members Ages 16-21: Selection through your provincial office

4-H Canada Members Forum 2016
Bridging the Gap - Building Mind, Body, and Spirit

Developed in 1931, this hallmark program rotates annually between three host locations (East, Central and West TBD). With a different leadership development theme each year, delegates also visit a local agricultural event, such as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, or Regina’s Canadian Western Agribition.

Through experiential learning, workshops and interactive site tours, delegates develop a deeper awareness, knowledge and understanding of the program theme. They return home equipped to apply new knowledge and skills to club projects in their home communities.

U.S. National 4-H Conference

Open to 4-H Members Ages 15-18: Selection through your provincial office

4-H Canada members attend this week-long program along with over 1,000 US 4-H members. There they are able to share information about 4-H in Canada and actively participate in an entirely youth-led conference. Delegates develop leadership skills, build new networks and friendships, and return to their home communities with a greater sense of 4-H in the US and as a global movement. For more information, check out their website: http://www.4hcenter.org/youth-conference-center-overview/educational-programs/citizenship-washington-focus/