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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 days ago

🎿 DON'T FORGET! 🏂Get away to Fernie for a few days of fun on the slopes! Registration is now open for the 4-H Senior Member Ski Trip hosted by the 4-H Alberta Alumni.This awesome trip is open to 4-H Members 14 years and older!Visit our online registration system to learn more and register: www.4habregistration.ca/signinThe registration deadline is January 31st so make sure to register today! ⛷ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

4-H Alberta Multi Species Judging and CDM Virtual Competitionwww.4hab.com/member/4-h-alberta-multi-species-judging-and-cdm-virtual-competition/The 4-H Alberta Provincial Judging Competition provides 4-H members an opportunity to challenge their analytical, evaluation and communication skills.#4halberta #4hab #4H #4hjudging ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

Thank you very much to everybody who joined yesterday's webinar Banking & Budgeting (Banking 101) with ATB Financial!Don't forget to register for the fourth and final webinar this year on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 6:30 pm: Building your Banking Confidence (Banking 201)Step up your banking knowledge game as we review the requirements to open a bank account and the three main kinds you will come across. Learn more about mobile banking and what makes it the easiest tool to manage your money on the go. Curious about account limits? We’ve got you covered in this webinar to build your banking confidence.All participants in attendance will be eligible to win one of two $100 cash prizes simply by completing a survey after the webinar. Don’t miss out!To learn more, or to register: www.4hab.com/member/atb-financial-literacy-workshop-4-banking-201/ ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Hurry, there is still time!!4-H Clubs and Districts can still apply directly to UFA Co-operative for funding of 4-H projects and initiatives, up to a maximum of $300 per Club/District. There is up to $80,000 in funding available! Applications are open to all 4-H Alberta Clubs and Districts.For more information and to submit your application, click on the following link: coop.ufa.com/4h-clubs ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Here are a few communication FAQ's:🍀 The Provincial Communication event will be held April 9, 2022 and will follow pre-COVID rules and guidelines.🍀 Provincial Communication events will be open to Senior Members who have qualified through the levels (club, district and region)🍀 A club can facilitate their communication events as decided by their members - competitive /non-competitive. Please note that to move on to the next level, clubs will need to ensure their members have satisfied all requirements.🍀 There should be an open dialogue between all levels (club, district and region) so committees know the potential number of members advancing to the next level.🍀 Currently (January 11th, 2022), you have three options for organizing competitive communications events. In each scenario, regular competition guidelines must be followed to allow your competitors to advance to the next level:1. Secure a REP facility for in person competition-Allows food to be served-Follows current capacity numbers-Masks required- Double covid-19 vaccination proof or negative test required for entry for all individuals aged 12 and up2. Secure a Facility that allows ⅓ capacity rules-Food cannot be served-Vaccination status not required-⅓ venue capacity must be followed-Masks required-Physical distancing required3. Organize a virtual event (zoom, google meet, etc.)-Follow regular competition guidelines-1st, 2nd, & Alternates may advance to the next level as normal -Next level competitions may be in person, so please ensure competitors are aware-No risk of cancellation or attendee concerns due to Covid-19 exposure🍀 Juniors and Intermediate level speakers are not eligible for the Provincial Communication Competition but are encouraged, if this is something that they are interested in, to enter one of the 4-H Provincial SALTT Virtual Project Showcase Challenges. These challenges consist of a video submission - topic provided, and are judged. Entries can be made on your 4-H profile page: www.4habregistration.ca/signin (more info coming soon)🍀 If you have questions about your organized in-person event, please contact your local AHS representative to ensure you are in compliance with current guidelines.For more information on communications activities and requirements visit the communications page on our website: www.4hab.com/communication/ ... See MoreSee Less
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