The goal of the 4-H program is youth development.
The philosophy of the 4-H program is explained by the 4-H motto:
The 4-H program provides young people with an opportunity to learn how to become productive, self-assured adults who can make their community and country a good place in which to live. This is fostered through project and program work, experiences with their 4-H club members and leaders and their participation in district, regional and even provincial programs.
The goal of the 4-H program is youth development. The objectives of 4-H clubs are knowledge, leadership, citizenship and personal development.
4-H British Columbia builds awareness of agriculture, inspiring, educating and supporting youth to reach their full potential.
Empowered and skilled young people committed to making positive change in their communities.
4-H is an organization dedicated to young people. The purpose of the 4-H program is to prepare girls and boys for their future as adult citizens. 4-H stands for head, heart, hands and health. The 4-H pledge describes the significance of the four H's:
- My HEAD to clearer thinking,
- My HEART to greater loyalty,
- My HANDS to larger service,
- My HEALTH to better living,
- For my Club, my Community and my Country, and my World.
4-H in Canada is open to all* without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or, mental or physical disability.**
4-H is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive environment that allows for universal access and participation. Where barriers to participation are identified, 4-H will, with reasonable accommdation, adapt programs, rules, policies, or expectations to reduce or remove the barriers.
Any accommodations, changes or exceptions will be assessed on an individual basis, taking into account the individual expereince of the member and their family. The physical safety and emotional well-being of members, leaders, staff and volunteers is 4-H's highest priority, and is the ultimate consideration in final decisions.
4-H Canada and local 4-H organizations consider inclusion a priority. Leaders are encouraged to work with individuals and their families to identify and discuss accommodations as required, and to reach out to provincial or national office staff for help with unresolved concerns.
*This applies to youth members (ages 6 to 25), volunteers, leaders, staff and professionals.
**Definition of discrmination as per Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.