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Our Mission

4-H Alberta inspires, educates, and develops Members who are outstanding rural and urban youth, leaders, and engaged citizens. Members learn to do by doing dynamic Projects, Programs and community service. In honoring our rural roots, we continue to recognize the importance of food and agriculture in Alberta.

Our Vision

4-H Alberta is recognized as the premier youth leadership organization in Alberta.  Working together in a vibrant, thriving environment, we’re connecting people, ideas, and communities for a lifetime of benefit.

Values and Operating Principles

Exemplifying these values is the expectation of 4-H Alberta, Members, Stakeholders and their interactions with each other.

We behave ethically with open, honest communication to build trust

We are reliable – our actions are consistent with our words

We make sound decisions

We are always honest, open and trustworthy in our decisions, communications and relationships

We contribute to an environment in which each individual is valued and heard and by treating others as we wish to be treated

We are courteous and show respect to each other and Partners

We contribute to a positive work environment

We are sincere and show a genuine interest

We value 4-H’s history, tradition and rural roots

We encourage and deliver safe and fun learning experiences

We listen and are open to suggestions

We are reply in a timely manner to answer questions and to redirect appropriately

We support and enhance the reputation of 4-H Alberta

We continuously develop our own and others’ competencies and strengthen communities

We are responsible stewards of the funds entrusted to us

We take responsibility for our actions

We are responsible stewards of the youth entrusted to us

We embrace collaboration to achieve common goals

We strive to continuously improve, develop leadership at all levels, and embrace innovation to create powerful members of society

We do our best to ensure that every experience meets or exceeds expectations

We promote information sharing and mentoring

We encourage innovation and entrepreneurship

We strive to be the best we can be

Our History

4‑H has been an integral part of Alberta communities since 1917, with deep-rooted history and tradition that stems back to the efforts of individuals that formed the very first club for boys and girls (later called 4‑H) in our province.

Each decade since our beginning has brought with it new challenges and milestones. The new vision and mission for 4-H honors the history of 4-H while transforming the future as we to strive to be Alberta’s premier youth organization.

Our Strategic Plan

In 2017, representatives from the 4-H  partners worked together to create a three-year 4-H Alberta strategic plan with a commitment to manage the plan. This strategic plan is designed to help guide 4-H Alberta in its work over the next three years. The intent is to help us shape 4-H’s future, follow a set of guiding principles and ensure that 4-H remains relevant, effective and viable. In doing so, the plan will remain fluid to ensure 4-H Alberta is consistent with and aligned with Member and leader priorities, community needs, and government priorities.

4-H Alberta Strategic Plan – Executive Summary 2017-2020    |    4-H Alberta Partners Update at Leaders Conference 2018     |    Letter of Intent as of April 2016