Global 4-H Movement

Comment vous mobiliser pour le Sommet du réseau mondial des 4 H

Cet été, le Centre Shaw, situé en plein cœur de la ville d’Ottawa, se couvrira de vert et se transformera en une source d’énergie et d’enthousiasme alors que des jeunes, des professionnels et des animateurs bénévoles des 4-H venus de partout dans le monde se rassembleront pour célébrer, apprendre et être inspirés!

À l’échelle du Canada, les membres 4-H et les animateurs bénévoles ont largement participé à l’effervescence du Sommet du réseau mondial des 4‑H en siégeant à des comités de planification, en faisant de la promotion sur les réseaux sociaux et en s’inscrivant en tant que délégués provinciaux. Cela n’est qu’un début, et il existe bien des façons dont VOUS pouvez laisser vous empreinte sur le mouvement mondial des 4-H et faire partie de cet événement unique!

Faites du bénévolat

Si vous êtes un élève du secondaire et que vous serez à Ottawa du 11 au 14 juillet 2017, pourquoi ne pas inscrire quelques heures de bénévolat à votre horaire, et venir vous rafraîchir avec nous au Centre Shaw? Divers rôles de bénévoles vous sont offerts. Nous recherchons également des anciens membres 4-H et des animateurs disposés à nous aider. Visitez la page du Sommet du réseau mondial des 4-H/bénévolat pour vous inscrire.2.

Prenez les commandes du compte Instagram du Sommet du réseau mondial des 4‑H
Arborez vos couleurs 4-H en prenant les commandes du compte Instagram du Sommet du réseau mondial des 4‑H pendant une semaine afin de donner un aperçu de votre club 4-H et des projets auxquels vous travaillez avec des membres 4-H à l’échelle internationale. C’est un moyen fantastique de montrer votre fierté et de partager les détails qui rendent votre club 4-H unique! Visitez le blogue du Sommet du réseau mondial des 4‑H pour en savoir plus. 

Découvrez des occasions d’études, de voyage et de bénévolat pour les 4‑H… gratuitement!
L’Exposition des occasions mondiales des 4‑H présentera aux jeunes des occasions d’études, de bénévolat, de partenariat et de carrière qui sont offertes par des écoles postsecondaires, des ONG et des partenaires commerciaux des 4-H. Cet événement gratuit et ouvert est un point de départ idéal si vous cherchez des idées ou de l’inspiration pour la prochaine étape de votre vie!

Rendez‑vous à la Soirée campagnarde
Représentez-vous un club local des 4-H? Préparez une exposition qui présente votre projet des 4-H à des délégués internationaux ainsi qu’à des familles locales durant la Soirée campagnarde qui aura lieu au Musée de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation du Canada le 13 juillet 2017.  Communiquez avec Hannah pour obtenir plus d’information à ce sujet.

Des billets sont également offerts aux anciens membres ou bénévoles qui souhaitent profiter d’une soirée divertissante en compagnie des délégués internationaux des 4‑H. Les droits d’entrée pour la soirée s’élèvent à 35 $ par adulte (personnes de 15 ans et plus) et à 15 $ pour les jeunes (de 10 à 14 ans). L’entrée est gratuite pour les enfants de moins de 9 ans, et le prix du billet inclut le dîner, l’entrée au musée et des divertissements. Il est possible d’acheter les billets en ligne.  

Suivez‑nous et célébrez avec nous en ligne
Suivez le Sommet du réseau mondial des 4-H sur les réseaux sociaux (tels que Twitter et Instagram) pour vous informer des projets et programmes des 4-H à l’échelle internationale et pour apprendre à connaître d’autres membres, animateurs bénévoles et membres du personnel des 4-H. Si vous êtes à Ottawa, assurez-vous d’assister à l’Exposition des occasions mondiales des 4‑H où vous pourrez visiter des kiosques de différents pays des 4-H et de célébrer notre communauté mondiale.

Suivez le Sommet du réseau mondial des 4‑H sur Twitter, Instagram et Facebook pour rester au courant des événements et pour joindre la conversation #4H4TheWorld. Rejoignez le dynamisme!

How to Get Involved in the Global 4-H Network Summit

This summer, the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa will be transformed into a sea of green and a hub of energy and excitement as 4-H youth, professionals and volunteer leaders from around the world come together to celebrate, learn and be inspired!

Across Canada, 4-H’ers and volunteer leaders have been hugely involved in the Global 4-H Network Summit excitement, sitting on planning committees, spreading the hype on social media and registering as provincial delegates. It is just getting started though, and there are still many ways for YOU to make your mark on the global 4-H movement and be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Volunteer!
If you are a high school student and you find yourself in Ottawa July 11-14, 2017, why not chalk up some extra volunteer hours, chilling with us in the A/C at the Shaw Centre. There are a variety of different volunteer roles available. We are also looking for 4-H alumni & leaders to help. Visit the global-4-h-network.com/volunteer to sign-up.

Takeover the Global 4-H Network Summit Instagram
Show your 4-H Colours by taking over the Global 4-H Network Summit Instagram account for one week and sharing a glimpse into the world of your 4-H club and the projects you are working on with 4-H’ers around the world. It’s a great way to show your pride and share the things that make your 4-H club unique! Visit the Global 4-H Network blog to learn more. 

Check out Education, Travel and 4-H Volunteer Opportunities…for Free!
The Global 4-H Opportunities Expo will showcase education, volunteer, partnership and career opportunities for youth at post-secondary schools, NGOs and 4-H corporate partners. This free and open event is a great starting point if you’re looking for ideas or inspiration for the next phase of your life!

Come out to Night in the Country
Are you a local 4-H club? Bring a display and demonstrate your 4-H project to global delegates and local families at the Night in the Country at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on July 13, 2017. Contact Hannah for more information.

Tickets are also available to purchase for any alumni or volunteers who want to enjoy a fun night out with the global 4-H delegates. Admission for the evening is only $35 for adults (15+), $15 for youth (10-14) and free for children under 9 and includes dinner, admission to the museum and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online.  

Follow Us & Celebrate With Us Online
Follow the Global 4-H Network Summit on social media (like Twitter and Instagram) to learn about 4-H projects and programs around the world and get to  know other 4-H youth, volunteer leaders and staff. If you are in Ottawa, make sure to attend the Global 4-H Opportunities Expo, where you can visit booths of 4-H countries and celebrate our global community.

Follow the Global 4-H Network Summit on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook for event updates and to join the #4H4TheWorld conversation. Join the Momentum!

 

Uprooting Assumptions on Food Security

This past April, our YAC member, Andrea Soesbergen was invited to attend the 2016 Thought For Food Global Summit in Zurich, Switzerland. The following is a reflection piece from Andrea on the event and how her involvement with 4-H in Canada led her to these unique opportunities.

Thought For Food (TFF) is a movement that gathers bright young minds from around the world to work together in making the world a better place and engage in discussion about shifting common assumptions in food and agriculture. They take a hard look at the food system and work out how it can be improved by uprooting these assumptions.

The TFF Global Summit was a two-day extravaganza of excitement, communication and a commitment to breaking down food security barriers. We were invited to throw away our pre-established views of the world and design the future that we want to see.  TFF challenged university students to come up with ideas for entrepreneurial projects related to the food system for a $10,000 prize to help them accomplish their goals. At the summit, we watched the pitches of ten finalist teams. The overall winner this year was Kulisha, a group producing low-cost fish feed for aquaculture made from insects.

Throughout the Summit, we listened to talks by speakers like Daan Roosegaarde, founder of Studio Roosegaarde, an art studio whose productions often have educational and world improvement objectives, Julie Borlaug of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, who shares the institute’s commitment to improving conditions for smallholder farmers and Chris Lewicki, president and CEO of Planetary Resources, a company exploring space to see what resources can be used to make life better here on earth.

We also took part in interactive workshops on various topics like hacking biology, open-source data and sustainable business. This combination of activities made for an incredibly enriching and unforgettable experience.

Although the invitation to attend this conference was not directly through 4-H, it was the result of my involvement with 4-H programming that set me on this path. Being in 4-H has always encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and to not be afraid to apply myself to something I am passionate about and watch what unfolds as a result of the hard work put in.

Involvement in 4-H has shown me the importance of not accepting the world as it is, but working to make the world better through volunteering and helping others. As a result, I have found myself attending conferences around the globe this past year, sharing ideas on agriculture and the food system, growing and realizing my own potential.

These experiences have shown me that I have a voice and knowledge to share and the power to make great change in the world around me by starting with small actions in my own community.

Thank you 4-H, for setting me on this journey of personal growth and taking me, quite literally, to the top of the world and back.

Generation Z: Harnessing the Power to Change the World

By Shannon Benner, CEO, 4-H Canada

The 4-H story in Canada began over a century ago, and the organization has grown into one of the country’s most respected youth movements - bridging generations and building deep community roots in the agricultural sector. From Canada’s east coast to its west coast, we are uniquely positioned in the agricultural community, through our well established programs and grassroots networks. We are fortunate to have many partners that support our work.

The secret of why this grassroots movement has been so successful in engaging youth is that it didn’t start as an organization or policy, it started as a fundamental belief that young people needed support to succeed both on, and off the farm. It was a belief that recognized the equal importance of building character, responsibility, confidence and empathy in addition to skill mastery.

The result of this philosophy, which can be traced to Ohio in the United States, is now a global 4-H movement of nearly 7 million young people in more than 60 countries. These are caring, responsible and contributing young people who effect change in the world around them.

We believe that 4-H youth from around the world are uniquely positioned to play an important leadership role in alleviating world hunger because of the work they already do in sustainable agriculture and food security. That is why, in the fall of 2014, over 70 4-H nations congregated in Seoul, Korea to participate in the first Global 4-H Network Summit.

The summit focused on evolving 4-H’s world class positive youth development approach, looking at drivers of growth in agriculture, addressing global issues through the youth lens and showcasing 4-H programming from around the world. One of the major outcomes of the summit included the formation of the Global 4-H Board, which I have the privilege of chairing.  The Summit also saw as an outcome a commitment by leaders to see global 4-H membership grow to 25 million by 2025.

Recently, this diverse group of 4-H board members came together at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto for an in-person Global 4-H Board meeting. They used this opportunity to discuss ways to equip and empower young people to meet urgent local, national, and global issues, including sustainable agriculture and food security.

The global 4-H community also formally asked 4-H Canada to be the host of the next Global Summit in July of 2017. 4-H Canada’s Board of Directors had passed a motion the day before to approve this request. 4-H Leaders and members from around the world will join us in Ottawa for a celebration of Positive Youth Development.

Convening the international 4-H community at events like the global board meeting and the highly anticipated 4-H Global Summit is invaluable to strengthening the 4-H movement and empowering youth. 

Our current and future youth members, who belong to generation Z, have the potential to create innovative and world-changing solutions to the biggest challenges we face in as a planet. We need to tap into this potential, particularly as we have the advantage of being a global youth organization. The skills that our youth are developing today are essential to solving the world’s problems. 4-H can and must support youth in this journey.

4-H Around the World Image

4-H Around the World

  • 4-H is one of the largest youth organizations in the world.
  • Independent 4-H programs can be found in all corners of the globe—from North and South America to Africa to Asia.
  • There are over 70 independent, country-led 4-H programs around the world.
  • Worldwide, there are nearly 7 million 4-H’ers. 

 

 

Paul Larmer welcomes 4-H Global Board Summit Delegates

Paul Larmer, Chief Executive Officer at Semex Alliance and President and Chairman of the Board for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. For more photos from the 4-H Global Board meeting visit our flickr page.

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