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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?


3 days ago

Project in a Weekend! ⏰ No more stretching your 4-H project over months! Complete it in just one weekend and free up time for what matters. Swipe to discover 'Project in a Weekend'! 👉1. Time Efficiency & Fast Progress:Why spread your 4-H project over the course of months when you can achieve the same result in a single weekend?2. Academic & Athletic Balance:Juggling academics and sports with 4-H can be a challenge. Project in a Weekend can help!3. Certification & Scholarship Readiness:At the end of the weekend, you'll receive a certificate that verifies your project and record book completion and put you in prime position for 4-H scholarships and other academic opportunities.4. Enhanced Focus & Quality:The concentrated timeline allows you to immerse yourself in your project over a short period.5. Community Connection & Mentorship:Nothing beats working alongside peers who share your interests. You'll also benefit from hands-on guidance and mentorship.6. Exploration & Personal Growth:Curious about other areas but hesitant to commit? Project in a Weekend provides a risk-free opportunity for you to explore new project interests.7. Social & Family Life Balance:Life is about balance. By completing your 4-H project and record book in just one weekend, you’re freeing up valuable time to spend with family and friends.#TimeEfficiency #4HProjectInAWeekend #4h #4hAlberta #LevelUpYourGame #4HClub #4Hfamily #RegisterNow ... See MoreSee Less
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The next 4-H Alberta Town Hall is scheduled for September 19, 2023. We invite our entire 4-H community to join us to connect with the 4-H Leadership Team that will be sharing the latest community updates and answering your questions.When: Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 pmZoom registration link: us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1hHX01yySYuGwDSL4h-hAwAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.The Town Hall will be recorded, so if you can’t make it, you can watch it later on our YouTube channel. #4hAlberta #4habcommunity #4h #4hcommunity ... See MoreSee Less
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Hey 4-H Alberta Seniors! Unlock Your Future at the 4-H Alberta Fall Senior Symposium: Oct 20-22. Hands-on Workshops, Networking, and More. Register by Oct 10! Register Now!#seniorsymposium2023 #4h #4HClub #4hsymposium #4habcommunity #LevelUpYourGame #4halberta #positiveimpact ... See MoreSee Less
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Earlier this year we partnered with 4-H Alberta to host a Journey 2050 contest! Our friends at Agriculture for Life hosted virtual Journey 2050 workshops open to members across the province. After participating, members told us what they learned and entered to win swag or a tour at Nutrien’s reclamation forest at their site in Fort Saskatchewan. This past weekend, Nutrien hosted the tour winners and their families for lunch, a careers discussion, site tour and the reclamation forest tour! A big thank you to 4-H Alberta for partnering with us on this contest experience, to Ag for Life for hosting the virtual Journey 2050 workshops, and to Nutrien for sponsoring and making this a memorable experience for contest winners! ... See MoreSee Less
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'Discover Your Future in Ag' aims to bring employers in the agriculture industry together with Alberta’s youth to discover career opportunities. With future demands on producers, it’s important to shine a light on future jobs available to today’s youth. The event will take place during Farmfair International as a career fair event that will allow employers to educate about their business and interact with participants. 'Discover Your Future In Ag' is brought to you by Farmfair International in partnership with CAREERS. 4-H Alberta is thrilled to participate for the second year in a row! ... See MoreSee Less
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