Feds invest in next generation

May 06, 2019
Written by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (edited)
Minister Bibeau at the 47th annual 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress in Ottawa.
Minister Bibeau at the 47th annual 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress in Ottawa. Image by: AAFC
The federal government has announced an investment of up to $3 million under the AgriCompetiveness Program for 4-H Canada.

Started in 1913, 4-H Canada is one of the country’s longest-running and most well-respected positive youth development organizations. In 2018, more than 114 new 4-H clubs were formed in Canada.

With this investment, 4-H Canada aims to reach even more youth across Canada through relevant youth leadership programs and initiatives in the areas of sustainable agriculture, food security, science and technology, the environment, health and nutrition, and community engagement. Through the delivery of exchanges, internships, hands-on learning activities, and conferences like the annual Citizenship Congress, 4-H Canada will provide youth with opportunities to develop knowledge and capacity in these areas, advance their leadership skills, and explore various career paths.

In support of these activities, 4-H will deliver social media content, publications, and other communications materials and resources to a diverse spectrum of audiences in order to further expand the reach of 4-H clubs in rural communities.

One of the world’s largest youth organizations, 4-H can be found in more than 70 countries across the globe. 4-H in Canada has more than 25,000 members and 7,700 volunteers.

“4-H Canada is thankful to the Government of Canada for their continued investment in the development of youth leaders from Coast to Coast,” says David Hovell, board chair of 4-H Canada. “This funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, ensures that 4-H’ers are empowered to develop relevant skills and knowledge, and explore career paths in the areas important to their generation: agriculture, science and technology, environmental sustainability, and health and nutrition. Through impactful programs, activities and mentorship, 4-H will continue to have support youth in their role as responsible, caring and contributing leaders positively impacting the world around them.”

The AgriCompetitiveness Program, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, supports sector-led activities that identify industry best practices and build the capacity of the sector, advance farm business management, farm safety information and tools, as well as activities which raise agricultural awareness.

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