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What is 4-H?

Welcome to 4-H! Many know of this Alberta institution and popular program that has been around since 1917. Over the years, however, 4-H has quietly evolved into a dynamic program whose projects encompass everything from active living, arts, science and technology, crafts, cooking, agriculture and so much more! Today’s exciting 4-H program gives urban and rural youth and adults life-long skills such as co-operation, leadership, interpersonal relations, critical thinking, decision making, organization, public speaking and community service.

We all want the best for our kids but we know that healthy, active social programs that boost tactile performance and build up self-confidence while being fun and engaging can be costly or inconvenient. That is why 4-H is designed with families in mind. Parents and children of all ages can participate in age-appropriate meetings and projects at the same time. No more running in two or more directions to accommodate each child’s activities. 4-H is also affordable. Our vested interest in making sure Alberta families have a firm foundation for life means we’ve made our program financially accessible for all income levels. In fact, with our scholarships we may wind up giving you money!

Best of all, the program is fun. We believe to be equipped for success, you must learn by doing. At 4-H you will learn through using your head, heart hands and health:

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


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4-H Benefits

The programs and projects members take part in during their time in 4-H helps them become assertive and confident leaders who are able to make decisions and facilitate change. In 4-H members learn to take responsibility, establish goals for themselves and others, plan large projects/events and work towards a greater purpose – making the youth of today great leaders of tomorrow. 4-H Leadership Opportunities for Adults

The goal of 4-H Alberta is to encourage members to see themselves for who they are – active, audible, and accountable leaders of tomorrow. 4-H members are taught to be self-directed learners, excellent communicators, and to thrive in a team environment. This leads to them having self confidence in their judgments, ability and their power to facilitate change. 4-H members also grow-up in a supportive environment that encourages them to learn from mistakes and take risks which leads to them being confident young adults prepared to navigate their careers and personal lives.

Youth in 4-H acquire a number of transferable skills including in the ability to take initiative, leaderships skills, problem-solving, time management , public speaking and interpersonal communication skills as well as many more. By the time 4-H members become 4-H alumni they have developed skills that will help them succeed in any future endeavours they decide to undertake.

Did We Mention We Give Out Awards and Money? Ya, that’s what gets most people’s attention.

4-H members pursuing a post-secondary education have the opportunity to secure thousands (yes thousands!) of dollars in scholarships to support their goals and aspirations.

4-H Alberta recognizes our members’ hard work and achievements through our own award programs including the honour of being recognized as the Premier’s Award Recipient. Imagine how good THAT would look on a resume!

We love to go places so if you’re the travelling type then 4-H is THE place to be. Every year 4-H members hit the road, touring across the country, North America and even over an ocean or two.

And remember, with travel comes perspective; with perspective comes wisdom and with wisdom come confidence, maturity, introspection and curiosity. All of which are attributes that 4-H aims to grow in our members.


Programs for Any Interest

4-H programs focus on developing self-confidence, teamwork, interpersonal and leadership skills. Whether it’s a summer camp built around having a blast in the great outdoors, a program that helps youth take ownership of their choices and their future, or a combination of the two that allows them to find their own entrepreneurial spirit and take pride in their achievements, 4-H programs provide the meaningful experiences every child deserves.

4-H Is…

In 4‑H, youth run the show. 4‑H clubs typically meet once a month as a large group where youth of all ages take on different leadership roles to make decisions and plan events. Clubs organize fun outings, achievement days and fundraisers, and participate in various activities within their communities. Life-long friendships are formed at the meetings, during the activities and through our camps.

We make learning fun. Our flexible projects are designed for solo or partner/group participation.  You are limited only by your imagination.  If you can dream it up, you can turn it into a project.  So go ahead and develop a pest management system for crops, explore your dramatic side on stage, learn how to prepare healthy meals, or even start a small business.  You’re never too young or too old to have fun learning by doing.

It just makes sense to belong to an organization that brings the whole family together. 4‑H clubs rely on family support and volunteer leadership from each adult and 4‑H member. That’s how we make things happen. Youth and adults are all a part of the 4‑H family.

4-H takes into account everyone’s different personalities and skills.  The program is a safe and encouraging place to work in – or push out of – your comfort zone.  It is the ultimate place to fit in, explore your passions, and discover new interests all while learning the skills that will take you through school, relationships, post-secondary education and your career.


Join a 4-H Club

Are you ready to register your children (ages 9 – 20) in a family-friendly 4-H club that promotes healthy, active, social, community living through a wide variety of fun and interesting projects?


2 weeks ago

Don't forget to register for Cleaver Kids this coming 2022/ 2023 Club Year, it is a great way to connect with other young 4-Hers, develop your 4-H skills, and learn more about the 4-H Alberta program? Lots of fun activities and adventures are waiting for you. Hurry, register now! Thank you, Viterra North America ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Jake Dobinson and Dylan Fuller from the Lacombe District 4-H Beef Club recently presented a cheque to Aspire for $8,500, the proceeds from their charity steer raffle. These funds will go a long way to support children with special needs in central Alberta. Thank you to Jake (far left) for nominating Aspire and to all the club members who voted for us. #AspireCommunity #AspireRedDeer ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Last chance to participate in the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Young Guns Contest, the contest submission deadline is September 16, 2022 and you could win one of three prizes ($1,000, $500, and $250):Are you between the ages of eight and 21, and involved in Beef in 4-H Alberta, junior cattle shows or beef production? This is your opportunity to win one of three prizes in the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Young Guns Contest.For more information and to enter the contest, visit: abpdaily.com/checking-in-with-abp/the-young-guns-contest-is-back/ ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

www.4hab.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Scoop-September-2022.pdfWith the new club year approaching, we have some information to share with our community about recent changes, upgrades, and upcoming events.The September Scoop contains lots of information, including the upcoming 4-H Alberta Town Hall webinar, competition results, Leader screening information, coupons, regional news, and more!We continue adding more and more content directly on the 4-H Alberta website regional pages. Regional information will continue to be featured in the Scoop, but for full details and information, please visit your regional pages frequently.To read/download the Monthly Scoop, click the link above. For previous newsletters, visit 4-H Publications on the 4-H Alberta websiteLook for the SCOOP again next month! For the latest news and events, visit 4-H Alberta's Website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube @4halberta.Best regards as, together, we Learn To Do By Doing,4-H Alberta#4hab #4halberta #4hambassadors #4h #4Hlife #4hscoop ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Don't forget, the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Young Guns Contest is back and there is still time to win an early bird $1,000 Ultimate Summer Grilling BBQ Prize Pack if you submit your content before August 31, 2022.Are you between the ages of eight and 21, and involved in Beef in 4-H Alberta, junior cattle shows or beef production? This is your opportunity to win one of three prizes in the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Young Guns Contest.Three prizes are up for grabs ($1,000, $500, and $250) and the contest submission deadline is September 16, 2022. For more information and to enter the contest, visit: abpdaily.com/checking-in-with-abp/the-young-guns-contest-is-back/ ... See MoreSee Less
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