The leadership development pillars are the core competencies that lie at the root of the 4-H program. There are four leadership development pillars: community engagement and communications, science and technology, the environment and healthy living and sustainable agriculture and food security.
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security
For more than a century, 4-H’ers have been a strong force within Canada’s primary economic sector: agriculture. Over time, the movement has grown to include a focus on sustainable agricultural practices and the importance of food security both at home and abroad. This 4-H leadership development pillar is vital to the growth of youth and the food we eat worldwide.
- Appreciation for the food we eat and grow.
- Learning about innovation and sustainable agricultural practices.
- Exploring new ways to improve nutrition and food security.
- Exchanging ideas and solutions at home and abroad.
The Environment & Healthy Living
The 4-H program ensures youth have opportunities to succeed by keeping exploration and self-discovery at the forefront of all programs and activities.
- Learning to be stewards of the environment by developing sustainable solutions.
- Taking care of yourself and others.
- Maintaining a healthy active lifestyle.
- Making informed decisions.
- Diving in and getting your hands dirty.
- Learning to listen to your heart.
Science & Technology
4-H’ers are known as catalysts for change and drivers for innovation in science and technology. Engaging youth in hands-on science and technology-based projects is an important aspect of 4-H. 4-H creates opportunities for youth to explore the connections between science, technology, society and their own lives.
- Engage in STEM
- Explore ideas.
- Use critical thinking skills.
- Extend your mind and reach for the sky!
Community Engagement & Communications
4-H provides youth with opportunities to get involved in their community as engaged, active leaders who affect positive change within their club, community, country and world. Community engagement means:
- Effecting positive change in your community and beyond.
- Lending a hand.
- Stepping up to the plate.
- Exploring issues, finding a voice and speaking up about matters that affect you and the world around you.
- Acting as a role model for the change you want to see in the world.