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Hands to Larger Service

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, 4-H Canada has made the difficult decision to postpone Hands to Larger Service until 2021. 4-H Canada’s priority continues to be the health, safety and security of our youth members, volunteer leaders, families, and the communities 4-H impacts, while we continue to adjust to the current situation. For more information, please see our latest update on the outbreak.

Next summer, Youth Service Leaders will be travelling across Canada to lead and promote community engagement, volunteerism and service, and to help create a culture of service for Canadian youth.

Youth Service Leaders (YSLs) will be ambassadors for 4-H service and community engagement. They will be selected through an application process and be trained in service learning. YSLs will be matched with Club to Club Exchange groups and will help plan, coordinate and lead service-learning projects in partnership with exchange groups and the communities where projects are taking place.

What is the Hands to Larger Service program? 

Every day, 4-H members across Canada take the 4-H Pledge in which they commit to positively contributing to their communities and the world around them. This pledge includes the promise of using their Hands to Larger Service, which they do across Canada in the true spirit of 4-H Canada’s motto: Learn To Do By Doing.

Hands to Larger Service is funded through the Canada Service Corps by the Government of Canada. 4-H Canada will select and train 26 Youth Service Leaders (ages 18 to 25) to co-create community-focused service projects across Canada in summer 2020, in partnership with other youth as part of the 4-H Club to Club Exchange program. 4-H Canada is one of ten national partners who form the Canada Service Corps.

This is an exciting opportunity for 4-H youth to demonstrate their leadership skills and commitment to community engagement!

Learn how Club to Club Exchange groups are involved with Hands to Larger Service

What do Youth Service Leaders do?

Youth Service Leaders will connect, lead and make a difference in communities across Canada.

Read the Youth Service Leader job description to learn more.

Time to get involved!

Are you a 4-H member, aged 18 to 25? Are you interested in contributing to communities, travelling across Canada, and working with other youth to improve the world around you through service?

You could be a Youth Service Leader for Hands to Larger Service next summer!

Applications open September 3, and close December 29, 2019.

Meet the 2019 Youth Service Leaders

This past summer, our Youth Service Leaders travelled the country carrying out incredible service projects with lasting impacts on Canadian communities. Learn more about the 2019 Youth Service Leaders.

Have a question about the Hands to Larger Service Program? Contact us at

The Hands to Larger Service Program is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps.

Thank you to our corporate partner

In the case where adequate funding is not achieved, the Hands to Larger Service program is subject to cancellation.