July 11th - 14th 2017

4-H Global

4-H Around the World

From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia, 4-H builds youth leaders and provides a sense of belonging. As one of the largest youth organizations in the world, 4-H is investing in young people today to grow a brighter future.

4-H offers practical skill building activities, meaningful leadership roles and partnerships with caring adult volunteers. These three elements create a unique experience that equips young people for success in the future. In fact, according to a longitudinal study, 4-H youth attain higher educational achievement and are three times more likely to actively contribute to their communities.

4-H Global By The Numbers

  • Over 70 independent, country-led 4-H programs around the world
  • Seven million 4-H’ers worldwide
  • More than 3.5 million young women leading in 4‑H today
  • Over 100 years of history in agricultural and economic development
  • The global 4-H community celebrates November 1st as Global 4-H day
  • Goal of reaching 25 million members internationally by 2025

The Impact of 4-H Global

The Global 4-H Network believes the power to build a more sustainable future lies with today’s youth. To ensure global economic and political stability in the future, we must work now to create long-term solutions to strengthen our communities and feed our growing world.

The 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit will bring together today’s brightest youth leaders from around the world and empower them to increase resources, share ideas, and develop solutions to change our world.

We encourage the global community to join us in empowering the world’s young people to build a better world.



Goals of the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit

  1. To build the capacity of volunteer leaders, professional staff and 4-H youth members within Canada and globally.
  2. To align the Global 4-H movement and to strengthen the communities of practice within it.
  3. To showcase the success of 4-H and the sharing of best practices related to Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security in Canada.
  4. To offer shared learning experiences that connect 4-H communities in Canada to a broader global perspective.
  5. To increase awareness and understanding among Canadians of the importance of building tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture.
  6. To discuss issues that relate to 4-H countries globally – guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

Achievable Outcomes and Deliverables


  1. Increased knowledge, alignment, and understanding of the 4-H movement globally.
  2. To develop infrastructure and legacy resources that will benefit the 4-H movement.
  3. Increased awareness and understanding of 4-H programming and best practice among Canadians.
  4. Increased number of stakeholders engaged in the 4-H community, including:
  • Youth Members, 4-H Volunteer Leaders, and 4-H Alumni
  • Global 4-H Organizations
  • Government (Federal/Provincial)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Agricultural Industry Stakeholders
  • Corporate Partners
  1. Creation of a Virtual Global 4-H Youth Network using social media platforms.
  2. Creation of a 4-H Global Knowledge-Sharing Website that supports standards, best practices and offers resources in 4-H areas of programming.