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4-H Conferences

4-H is proud to offer six unique conferences that aim to improve your life or career in inspiring, meaningful ways. Meet like-minded youth as you grow and learn, together.

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Career Mania 2019

Join 4-H Ontario for the Zooming into Career Mania program!

Learn the skills you need to get a job and explore your career through Learn To Do By Doing activities. Engage with speakers, facilitators and friends!

Sessions will include:

  • Resume and cover letter creation
  • Interview skills
  • Introduction to different career and post-secondary school opportunities

This opportunity is open to youth ages 13-17 and runs July 20-23rd.

Registration is $30+HST and gives you VIP access to all of the activities, speakers and materials for Zooming into Career Mania.

Join us at these times for virtual career exploration and social connection:

  • July 20 @ 7-9pm – Get connected with participants and explore personalities styles and how they relate to jobs/careers with speaker Matt Hill.
  • For July 21-23, connect two times per day, for a combination of guest speakers, interactive sessions and social games.
  • Check out the agenda and session descriptions here: Zooming Into Career Mania .

Information Overview:

Event date: July 20-23rd

For youth: ages 13-17 (as of December 31, 2020)

Cost: $30+HST ($33.90 total)

*Registration is now closed for 2021

This program is supported by:

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Senior Manager, Programming
programming@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 472

COVID-19 Update

2021 Career Mania has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please refer to “NEW! Zooming Into Career Mania 2021”, 4-H Ontario’s 2021 virtual careers program.


For youth ages 13-17 (prior to January 1, 2021)

Explore a wide array of career opportunities and learn the tools you need to get the job you want at Career Mania.

We know the thought of choosing your future career can be a daunting one! Career Mania will introduce you to careers you may not have considered before and show you what life as a post-secondary student is like.

  • Learn about different careers and how to get started in them
  • Get resume tips from experts
  • Master the art of writing a cover letter that gets attention
  • Hear professionals speak about different university and college programs
  • Take part in interactive activities, and more

You’ll also get to go on tours of the beautiful University of Guelph and Conestoga College campuses and see what it’s like to live on campus and attend lectures.

90% of participants strongly agree that 4-H has helped advance their career goals.

“I learned a lot and now I have a better understanding of what I have to do to get where I am going.” – 2016 Career Mania participant

Career Mania will be offered again in summer 2021. Check back for details in spring 2021.

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Programming
opportunities@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 468

For current 4-H Members ages 16-21 (as of program date)

2021 Citizenship Congress will be held virtually!

An inspiring and challenging opportunity, the 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress will teach you about Canada, our government, and yourself.

Discover Canada through other 4-H Members’ eyes. Citizenship Congress 2020 will deepen your understanding of governance and public policy, improve your communication skills and expand your horizons.

Workshops culminate with the exciting annual debate, where members construct insightful arguments and defenses in a supportive and lively environment.

Learn more about the Canada Citizenship Congress at the 4-H Canada website.

To apply for Citizenship Congress, please complete the 4-H Ontario National Opportunity Registration Form.

Upon being selected, a registration fee is to be paid to the Canadian 4-H Council.

Open to 4-H Members across Ontario

Application deadline: April 12th, 2021 at noon
Conference date: May 4-9, 2021
As this is a virtual program, login details will be shared with participants upon completion of registration with 4-H Canada.

You can find the 4-H Inclusion Statement here.

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Senior Manager, Programming
programming@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 472

This program will be offered again in 2022

For youth ages 16-21 (as of December 31, 2021)

Gain valuable tips and tools in career progression and personal financial management with the Igniting Your Career Conference.

4-H Ontario is excited to offer this new Conference to youth getting ready to enter the workforce and potentially be financially independent.

  • Learn how to plan and stick to a budget
  • Get to know the latest trends in job searching and networking
  • Convince potential employers you have the skills and work ethic they want

You’ll also hear from great guest speakers, take part in interactive sessions and have the chance to win a professional development award!

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Programming
opportunities@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 468

Thanks to our sponsor, Kubota

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For current 4-H Members ages 16-21 (as of program date)

Gain knowledge from new friends across Canada while taking part in this rewarding and challenging experience.

The 4-H National Members Forum is our longest running program for a reason.

The program places an emphasis on positive development, agricultural exhibitions and developing bonds with youth from across the country.

Through experiential learning, workshops and interactive site tours, attendees will develop a deeper awareness, knowledge and understanding of the environment and healthy living.

Learn more about the National Members Forum on the 4-H Canada website or check out this download Members Forum 2021 Information (10 downloads) . This includes the schedule and details of what to expect during the experience!

To apply for National Members Forum, please click here.

A maximum of 10 Ontario participants will be selected. Upon being selected, a registration fee is to be paid to the Canadian 4-H Council.

Open to 4-H Members across Ontario

Application deadline: September 28, 2021
Conference date: November 5-7, 2021
Location: virtually, via Zoom

You can find the 4-H Inclusion Statement here.

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Senior Manager, Programming
programming@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 472

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Dairy Sense Virtual Conference Presented By  Shur Gain Logo

Event date: April-27-29 2021

Registration closes: April 13, 2021

Register here: Registration is closed for 2021

Cost: $50+HST

For youth ages 18-25 (as of December 31, 2020)

In 2021 Dairy Sense is going VIRTUAL! Learn how management decisions affect the bottom line and how to run a profitable dairy operation from some of the most successful dairy farmers in Ontario.

Check out the 2021 Schedule Now!

If you plan to be involved in the dairy industry in any way, Dairy Sen$e is for you!

Through guest speakers, case studies, facility tours and networking with industry leaders, you’ll gain practical skills that will set you up to run a profitable dairy operation.

  • Gain management skills from Ontario’s top dairy farmers
  • Learn the key elements of a succession plan
  • Network with other young dairy farmers
  • Virtually Tour facilities and hear from knowledgeable guest speakers

Dairy Sen$e® offers an invaluable, intensive opportunity to learn the business and operations of dairy and apply them to your farm.

4-H Ontario recently conducted a study on the impact the Dairy Sen$e® conference has on participants. Read more about the study.

Check out this video from the 2014 Dairy Sen$e® Conference.

Dairy Sen$e® is co-managed with the Ontario Holstein Branch.

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For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Events
events@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 468

A special thanks to our sponsors:

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4-H Ontario is generously supported with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs.

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For current 4-H Members ages 16-19 (at the time of travel)

The USA National 4-H Conference is the premiere national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the USA and beyond.

The USA National 4-H Conference is an exciting opportunity you’ll never forget. Canadian 4-H Members will meet first in Ottawa for one evening, where you’ll bond as a delegation.

Once in the US, you’ll attend educational conferences and get the opportunity to apply your newly developed and refined skills.

Delegates will choose an important societal topic, and in roundtable groups, prepare a briefing. The groups will then present their briefing to federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area.

In addition to conference activities, Canadian delegates will have a chance to tour Washington, visiting some of the nation’s most famous cultural and political sites, including the Lincoln Memorial and Capitol Hill.

Learn more about the USA National 4-H Conference on the 4-H Canada website.

To apply for the USA National 4-H Conference, please complete the 4-H Ontario National Opportunity Registration Form.

Upon being selected, an additional $600 (approximate) registration fee is to be paid to the Canadian 4-H Council.

“It was neat to see that this conference was developed by youth for youth. As Canadians, we came together to share our ideas and also take back information from educational sessions on how our southern partners are handling the latest innovative business strategies, preparing themselves for the future and promoting the 4-H program.” – Patrick, Conference Delegate 2008

Open to 4-H Members across Ontario

Application deadline: December 21, 2020
Conference date: March 1, 2021
Washington, DC

Please read our Camp, Conference and Competition Registration Policies and Procedures.

You can find the 4-H Inclusion Statement here.

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Senior Manager, Programming
programming@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 472

This fall 4-H Ontario is excited to offer young people the chance to take part in discussions relating to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). https://sdgs.un.org/goals

We know 4-H’ers are passionate about building a stronger future, so who better to get involved in the conversation about how to make our world a better, more equitable place for all?

Join us for this exciting new speaker series that will be delivered via Facebook Live!

Wondering what to expect? Hear from an industry leader about tips and tools you can use to help reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), then put that information into practice with a hands-on learning activity right in your own home!

September 29th at 7pm – join us to explore SDG #2 – Zero Hunger with Dr. June Matthews. Dr. Matthews will share ways that each of us can contribute to achieving zero hunger.

October 7th at 7pm – join us to learn about how farmers are working towards lowering their carbon footprint with 4-H alum Christine Baes as we look at SDG #13 – Climate Action.

October 12th at 7pm – hear from Jenna Goodhand on tips and tricks around stress and mental health to support SDG #3 – Good Health & Well-Being.

Click here for detailed information.

This program is sponsored by BASF