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Everyday Heroes Can and Do Change the World

There are many reasons why 4-H Canada is one of today’s strongest Canadian youth leadership programs. We’re building generations of leaders who will change the world in ways we can’t imagine, and our movement depends on us supporting every single one of them.

From an early age, 4-H’ers are implementing their own ideas, from start to finish, through club projects and leadership opportunities where they truly lead, draw lessons from mistakes and learn the steps to succeeding.  

Having a safe space to experiment with responsibility, setting goals, learning to speak out and finding a voice on an important issue all happens within the 4-H program. All these important learnings extend into a talented and highly engaged generation of leaders with a strong sense of self and the necessary skills to address complex global challenges like climate change, emerging technologies and food security.

The world can no longer consider youth as ‘tomorrow’s leaders.’ Rather, following the 4-H positive youth development formula of engaging youth as leaders of today and including youth at the decision-making table can better solve these global challenges.

While 4-H’ers in Canada are becoming confident, caring and responsible leaders, did you know that 4-H also exists in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Central America?

In these five 4-H regions, more than 7 million youth just like our Canadian 4-H members are affecting positive change in their communities and around the world every single day. In fact, three years ago, all five of these 4-H regions came together to form the Global 4-H Network with a common vision of engaging today’s youth and in sharing resources on how to best grow youth leaders.

This summer, when we gather at the Global 4-H Network Summit in Ottawa, we’ll need participation from every 4-H’er, whether in attendance or in the comfort of their homes, to show 4-H Canada to the world and to show why #4H4TheWorld can unite communities, empower youth and grow global citizens.

We’ll need your unique voice as an attendee, volunteer, or at home in your communities and on social media to contribute ideas on global issues and to celebrate 4-H.

From caring for your Proud to Bee a 4-H’er pollinator gardens to designing an invention through the 4-H Canada Science Fair to travelling abroad in our Going Global Exchanges to engaging in parliamentary debates with your government leaders, never doubt the power of the skills you have learned in 4-H. It is everyday heroes like you, your club members, volunteer leaders and 4-H staff that are needed to help make the world a better place.

Shannon Benner,
CEO, 4-H Canada
Chair, Global 4-H Network Board of Directors

Looking to get involved with the Global 4-H Network Summit? As the host country, this is our unique opportunity to welcome others and to help grow the 4-H movement. Visit to learn more about how you can play a role and follow us online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!