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Hands to Larger Service

In February 2018, 4-H Canada, as one of the national partners of the new Canada Service Corps, launched the Hands to Larger Service Program.

This summer, 24 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.

NEWS RELEASE: 4-H Canada Announces 24 Youth Service Leaders as Part of the Hands to Larger Service Program

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 a new 4-H Canada program, funded through the Canada Service Corps by the Government of Canada. 4-H Canada has selected and trained 24 Youth Service Leaders (ages 16 to 25) to co-create community-focused service projects across Canada in summer 2018, in partnership with other youth as part of the 4-H Club to Club Exchange program.

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

INTERACTIVE MAP: See where 4-H clubs are travelling this summer with their Club to Club exchanges

What is Canada Service Corps?

Canada Service Corps is Canada’s new national youth service initiative. It provides an opportunity for young Canadians to practice leadership, develop individual strengths, and gain essential life and work experiences. Canada Service Corps aims to help young Canadians to understand the importance of serving their communities, and instill a sense of civic engagement and global citizenship.

#RisingYouth Community Service Grants

Do you have a project idea to support your community? You can apply for a #RisingYouth Community Service Grant to support your ideas thanks to TakingITGlobal!

What do Youth Service Leaders do?

As part of Hands to Larger Service, Youth Service Leaders:

  • work with 4-H youth taking part in Club to Club exchanges
  • help co-create innovative and meaningful community service projects with a lasting legacy
  • take part in an in-person training program to strengthen project management skills
  • learn about community engagement, service learning, and positive youth development
  • connect with community partners, create networks, and build relationships
  • gain leadership and volunteer experience
  • support other 4-H’ers to grow their own skills
  • help create a culture of service for youth across Canada

Meet the 2018 Youth Service Leaders

Brandon Callahan, NB
Samuel Cleary, BC
Bryce Doiron, PEI
Brookelyn Felske, AB
Chelsey Fitzsimmons, SK
Kristen Foster, NS
Nicole French, ON
Lauren Gruer, QC
Leah Haan, ON
Amanda Hardman, AB
Emelia Huff, ON
Ella Lentz, NS
Jazmin Lukinuk, MB
Sophie MacDonald, PEI
Kianna McGregor, AB
Sydney Milne, NS
Jessica Norman, AB
Morgan Passmore, QC
Gregory Penner, MB
Joshua Powers, NL
Kylynne Sheffield, NS
Ally Spielmacher, ON
Leah Trenson, AB
Tayler Williams, NL

Time to get involved!

Are you a 4-H member, aged 18 to 25? Are you interested in community engagement, 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 4, 2018. Check back here in August 2018 for information on how to apply.

Have a question about the Hands to Larger Service Program? Contact Sarah Naylor, Community Service Coordinator at


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

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