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Leadership Development Pillars

Community Engagement & Communications

4-H Canada provides opportunities for youth to get involved in their community as active, engaged leaders to help affect positive change within Canada and across the globe.

Community engagement means:

  • Effecting positive change in your community and beyond

  • Seeking out ways to lend a hand

  • Stepping up to the plate

  • Exploring issues, finding your voice and speaking up about important matters that affect you and the world around you

  • Acting as a role model for the change you want to see in the world

Science & Technology

4-H’ers are catalysts for change and drivers of innovation in science and technology. Engaging young people in hands-on science and technology-based projects is the focus of this 4-H Canada leadership development pillar.

The backbone of these activities will be collaboration between local 4-H clubs, provincial networks and the national office. Together, we create opportunities for youth to explore connections between science, technology, society, and their own lives.

  • Engage in the science and technology world

  • Explore ideas you may have brewing

  • Explain your reasoning using logic and evidence

  • Extend your mind and reach for the sky!

The Environment & Healthy Living

4-H Canada ensures our programs and activities create opportunities for youth to succeed by letting them focus on exploration and self-discovery.

At the heart of the Environment & Healthy Living pillar is:

  • Learning to be stewards of the environment by developing sustainable solutions

  • Taking care of yourself and others

  • Learning positive ways to stay healthy and active

  • Making informed choices

  • Digging in and getting your hands dirty

  • Learning to listen to your heart

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

A century ago, 4-H youth were a strong force within our country’s primary economic sector: agriculture. Today, it’s no different—in fact, the movement has grown and gained a further reach. In recognition of 4-H as a global movement, 4-H Canada has expanded to include a focus on sustainable agricultural practices, as well as the vital importance of food security both at home and abroad. Young people are taking an active interest in issues affecting people worldwide. This 4-H leadership development pillar is vital to the growth of young people, and to the food we eat around the world.

  • Appreciating the food we eat and grow

  • Learning about innovative and sustainable farming practices  

  • Learning new ways of improving nutrition and food security

  • Exchanging ideas and solutions at home and abroad