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|Welcome to 4-H! We are an organization dedicated to the personal development of youth while providing a positive impact on volunteers and communities in Alberta. Learning through hands on experience is a key objective of 4-H and members are encouraged to gain knowledge and skills by actively participating at all programs levels. We give our members the chance to:|
Something for Everyone
- Practice making decisions, working in teams and cooperating
- Develop self-confidence and improve self-esteem
- Learn communication and public speaking skills
- Learn how to lead meetings
- Win awards, trips, scholarships and bursaries
- Make new friends from across the province, country and world
- Set and achieve goals
- Develop the use of effective leadership skills
- Make a difference in their community
- Have fun through various club, region and provincial activities
Alberta 4-H has over 33 projects available, ranging from small animals to life skills and photography to veterinary science. Projects are open to all youth ages 9 to 21, whether they are from a city, town, acreage or farm. In addition, Alberta 4-H offers numerous member programs throughout the year.
Although projects are the member’s responsibility, there are many activities for the whole family. The entire family is welcomed and encouraged to attend meetings and social events.
If you are 18 or older and want to volunteer, we have a place for you as well. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to gain new skills through various leader programs and hands on learning opportunities. Volunteer leaders organize activities and help 4-H m embers set and achieve goals while having fun.
Over 180,000 people (approximately 7 percent of our provinces population) have gone through the Alberta 4-H program since it began in 1917. Alberta 4-H has the largest program in Canada with over 8,100 members and 2,600 volunteers in 442 clubs across Alberta. The following partners continually strive to improve opportunities for members, families and leaders to make 4-H one of the leading programs available to youth:
Alberta 4-H Branch - programming
Alberta 4-H Council - policy and direction
4-H Foundation of Alberta - finances, souvenirs and operation of the Alberta 4-H Centre
Alberta 4-H develops leadership, communication, technical and life skills of 4-H members and leaders to strengthen communities.
4-H is young people and adults learning projects and life skills, cooperating and having fun together, sharing leadership and learning to do by doing
'Learn to do by doing'
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
4-H in Canada first started in Roland, Manitoba in 1913. The first clubs, known as Boys and Girls Clubs, consisted of sewing, cooking, gardening and livestock projects were formed for farm kids and focused on the quality of the project or product. Members worked hard to train the best calf, grow the largest crop or bake the finest cake. However in the 1950's, the program began to put more focus on the personal development of its members rather than the quality of their products, so that they would become leaders within their communities.
Today, 4-H continues to strive to help the 35,000 members and 10,000 leaders across Canada become exceptional community leaders. Worldwide, there are over 7 million members in 80 countries that belong to the 4-H program.
Check out the results of the "Measure of Success Survey" conduct by the Canadian 4-H Council and view the "Impact of 4-H" commentary to learn the benefits of the 4-H program.
4-H has a dedicated staff team to assist you. Give your closest Regional 4-H Specialist a call to answer your questions or find a club in your area
|Regional Specialist - South and Calgary|
4-H Program Coordinator - South
|Janet Kerr||Regional Specialist - East and West Central ||Stettler||403-742-7547|
|Leila Hickman||Regional Specialist - Northeast||Vermilion||780-853-8115|
|Jocelyn McKinnon||Regional Specialist - Northwest||Barrhead||780-674-8250|
|Alexia Hoy||Regional Specialist - Peace||Fairview||780-835-7537|
Or contact the Provincial 4-H Office at 780-422-4H4H (4444) or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.