4-H Ontario

What is 4-H?

 

4-H is a non-profit positive youth development organization that spans 70 countries across the world and 12 provinces across the country. For over a century, 4-H Ontario has been working to build youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today 4-H Ontario is open to all youth across the province of all backgrounds. In 4-H, youth ages 6–21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable leadership and life skills. 

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,
my Heart to greater loyalty,
my Hands to larger service,
my Health to better living
for my club, my community and my country.

photo grouping of 4-H Members

Our Vision — To share the value of a clear Head,
loyal Heart,
serving Hands and better Health
with youth, volunteers and communities across Ontario.

 
 
In 4-H Ontario, youth become contributing citizens who impact positive chanfe in our communities. 4-H Ontario has a positive impact in the following four areas:
 
1. Youth
  • Learn skills
  • Leadership, meeting management, public speaking, responsibility, mentoring, critical thinking/problem solving
  • Gain valuable experience
  • With other youth, leaders, communities, mentors, volunteers, friends
  • Increase their personal resources
  • Networking, seeing the big picture, education, job opportunities, community service/volunteer experience
2. Families
  • Increasingly involved in the community because of their children’s involvement
  • Learn leadership skills from observing and participating with their children and volunteers
  • Network with other parents
3. Volunteers
  • Feel pride when youth succeed
  • Learn skills from youth (such as technology)
  • See positive outcomes for both the youth and the volunteer
4. Community
  • Greater awareness and understating of community
  • The community works together, and is more connected
  • Higher quality meetings due to parliamentary procedure
  • Youth see more opportunities for employment