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4-H Youth Positions

4-H Canada – Ontario Youth Representative - Youth Advisory CommitteeClick to expand

This position is filled for 2020. Information on availability for 2021 will be posted in the Fall of 2020 on the 4-H Ontario website.
This exciting senior youth position brings the views of 4-H Ontario youth to the Canadian 4-H Council Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). 
YAC is a committee comprising four working groups–each with a different purpose and role. YAC members take part in the planning and execution of various programs and initiatives while gaining concrete experience within 4-H Canada operations.
Meetings are held via teleconference with one in-person meeting at the 4-H Canada Leadership Summit in February. Other travel may be required.
To apply you must be an active 4-H member in good standing who is 18-21 years of age at the time of application. The length of term (appointment) is two years.

I have had an amazing experience working with people from across Canada celebrating 4-H Canada's 100th Anniversary while being the YAC Ontario Representative. This position has taught me strong leadership an networking skills. Being the youth voice at the national level–from small-town Ontario–is a very rewarding experience.”

- Valerie Stone, YAC Rep 2012-2014



Roles and Responsibilities – 4-H Ontario

  • Understand what the Ontario 4-H program does in practice.
  • Understand what the current 4-H delivery model involves and how it is implemented in local Ontario 4-H Associations.
  • Provide loyal support of the 4-H program and adhere to all bylaws, policies and procedures
  • Bring the views and issues of Ontario 4-H youth to 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee discussions. Liaise with the Ontario 4-H Council Director - Youth to develop Ontario based responses.
  • Provide a written report  two weeks prior to  the Ontario 4-H Council scheduled meetings, outlining the activities of the Canadian 4-H Council Youth Advisory Committee and noting the Ontario based issues brought to that Committee
  • Attend and participate in the 4-H Ontario Conference and Annual Meeting, including the Ontario 4-H Council Annual General Meeting. (The Ontario 4-H Council will cover CAM registration costs)
  • Attend the Board governance training offered by the Ontario 4-H Council prior to the first full Ontario 4-H  Council Board of Directors meeting (or make alternate training arrangements)

Roles and Responsibilities – 4-H Canada

  • Attend 4-6 meetings a year (1 in-person) in February
  • Participate in one (1) networking group a year
  • Demonstrate knowledge of 4-H Canada and 4-H locally
  • Demonstrate interest in public speaking, group facilitation and being a team player
  • Travel and participation in two (2) events a year, coordinated by 4-H Canada (TBD)
  • Assist 4-H Canada staff in planning and facilitating National Leaders Conference
  • Represent 4-H Canada at various events and promote National programs and opportunities
  • Act in an advisory capacity to 4-H Canada staff on the development of youth friendly programs, resources and materials (such as: videos, brochures, programs guides)
  • Be a positive role model


For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario's Executive Assistant
1.877.410.6748 x474

4-H Ontario AmbassadorsClick to expand


For over 10 years, the 4-H Ontario Ambassador program has provided 4-H Ontario members with advanced training in leadership, citizenship, communications and public relations. 4-H Ontario Ambassadors channel their energy and 4-H experiences into recruiting new members, representing 4-H Ontario youth at functions, and sharing the 4-H story. 

Up to six current 4-H members, between the ages of 18–21 are selected each year to represent 4-H Ontario as 4-H Ontario Ambassadors. Ambassadors promote the 4-H program by attending both 4-H and community events across the province—from camps & conferences to fairs to grand openings and special events. National and International opportunities may also arise for Ambassadors. 

The 2020 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program application deadline has now passed. Check back in Fall 2020 to learn more about how to become a 2021 4-H Ontario Ambassador. 

The 2020 4-H Ontario Ambassadors are:

James Gilchrist (Niagara), Jasmine Gillyatt (Brant), Lauren Bos (Huron), Caitlyn Kolb (Peel), Faith Emiry (Sudbury) and Marissa Lester (Lambton)

From left to right: Jackie Littlejohn (FS) James, Jasmine, Lauren, Caitlyn, Faith, Marissa, Janice Johnson (FS)

View Past 4-H Ontario Ambassadors

What makes being a 4-H Ambassador special is that I am able to share how important 4-H is with the younger members.

- Devin Catt, 4-H Ontario Ambassador 2018


Thanks to Our Sponsor

The 4-H Ontario Ambassador Program is made possible by the generous support of our sponsor.



Thank you to FS for their ongoing support and leadership of the Ambassador Program.

4-H Ontario is generously supported with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs





Ontario 4-H Council Director – YouthClick to expand

Ontario 4-H Council Youth Director

Application deadline for Ontario 4-H Council Youth Director is December 15, 2020.

The Director-Youth on the Ontario 4-H Council Board of Directors brings the views and issues of 4-H members to Ontario 4-H Council Board discussions. The Director-Youth provides input into governance issues during board meetings. Meetings include both face-to-face meetings and teleconferences. 
This position also helps to manage the strategic development of the 4-H Ontario program. Directors, through shared vision, develop 4-H Ontario governance policies.
To apply you must be an active 4-H member in good standing who is at least 18 and not more than 21 years of age at the time of appointment by the Board of Directors. The length of term (appointment) will be one year, which will expire at the completion of the Ontario 4-H Council Annual General Meeting. The Director–Youth can be reappointed but may not exceed three consecutive terms.
Please submit application to Executive Assistant at:  ea@4-hontario.ca

Being the Director-Youth has provided the opportunties to praise and promote the value of 4-H Ontario to its members and volunteers.

—Cassandra Chornoboy, Ontario 4-H Council Director-Youth 2012–2013 

"The Director - Youth position is an opportunity to learn about the 4-H program from the inside. You sit at a table with Volunteers who have different perspectives and experiences, but at the end of the day you are one united voice that is directing the 4-H program. Even though I might have been the youngest person at the board table, my input was valued the same as anyone else’s.” 

 –Carolyn Cober, Director-Youth 2008/09

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario's Office Administrator
1.877.410.6748 x474

Youth Facilitator at a Provincial Camp, Conference or CompetitionClick to expand

Similar to the Adult Facilitator role, Youth Facilitators work to include all participants in the activities and ensure that an environment is created where participants are able to contribute their thoughts and feelings for personal growth. Youth facilitators support the role of Facilitator in the staff team.

Youth Facilitators are asked to be a minimum of two (2) years older than the oldest participant attending the opportunity.

The time commitment varies per opportunity. Typically, these volunteers would be asked to arrive prior to the delegates on the first day and leave shortly after the delegates on the last day. Also being available for an opportunity-specific training (an hour to full day depending on the opportunity) would be asked, as well as a wrap up teleconference call for approximately an hour.

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario's Senior Manager, Programming
1.877.410.6748 x472

Youth LeaderClick to expand

For 4-H youth ages 15–21

Leadership, communication, teamwork, and mentorship are all key pieces to youth leadership in 4-H. Youth Leaders are senior 4-H members who take on additional responsibilities within a club project. Youth Directors work on Association initiatives in an Association Board of Directors to learn new skills and practice leadership with the guidance of a 4-H volunteer.

Club Youth Leaders must be 15-21 years of age and actively engaged in the project for which they are a youth leader. Youth Directors are required to be active 4-H members between the ages of 18–21.

An updated Club Youth Leader project book as well as an Association Youth Director project book will be available to Youth Leaders for you to use to complete those projects. Training will be required every two years for members completing a Youth Leader or Youth Director project.

Youth Leaders

Beginning in 2016 all youth leaders must attend a Youth Leader Webinar. These webinars are offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on various dates throughout February to September.  Additional webinars will be added as required.

Youth interested in participating in a webinar must contact their local VS Coordinator to register.

Please see below for a listing of dates for upcoming Youth Leader Training Webinars:

February 4

March 4

April 7

May 6

Beginning in 2017 re-engaging training can be completed by participating in: Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp or Future Leaders In Action or taking a Youth Leader webinar module.


Youth Leader Webinars are Proudly Sponsored by



Youth Directors  

First-time Youth Directors must attend a New Volunteer Orientation session for initial training. This can be done in person or via webinar.
Re-engaging (returning) Youth Directors must attend and participate in their local Association Annual General Meeting, Volunteer E-Symposium or an Association Requested Learning Opportunity. 

For more information on Youth Leaders and Youth Director positions, contact programming@4-HOntario.ca or call 1-877-410-6748.

Leaders in training