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About 4-H

For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H Canada has more than 25,000 members and nearly 7,700 volunteers. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. 

4-H Canada is made up of over 25,000 members and 7,700 volunteers across the country. However, volunteers are actually called leaders—and for good reason. We are an organization built around leadership. By providing 4-H’ers with mentors and role models who lead by example, we give youth the opportunity to enjoy meaningful, positive experiences that build confidence, positive self-identity, self-esteem and a sense of achievement.

4-H Canada invests in a bright future for today’s young people with a mandate centred on positive youth development. We provide a safe, fun, and inclusive environment by following this model:

Our Strategic Priorities

Today, young Canadians of all backgrounds face challenges, such as obesity, academic competition, mental health, youth violence, substance abuse, and societal change. This generation faces unprecedented challenges and uncertainty about the future of the planet they will inherit.

4-H’ers are offered the opportunity to become leaders, and to develop and thrive in a safe and fun learning environment. They are taught how to make a difference—one positive change at a time.

Now, more than ever, young people need 4-H. And 4-H Canada has developed a strategic plan to direct our growth across Canada. To achieve our goals, we will focus on four key areas of impact:

The 4-H Movement in Canada

The Story of the Four Hs

Have you always wondered what the four Hs in 4-H stand for?

They represent the core values of 4-H Canada:

Head: Managing, Thinking

Heart: Relating, Caring

Hands: Giving, Working

Health: Being, Living


4-H Pledge


My HEAD to clearer thinking,

My HEART to greater loyalty,

My HANDS to larger service,

My HEALTH to better living,

For my club, my community, and my country.