4-H is an international youth and volunteer organization. It’s a program that provides members with the resources and activities to build self-confidence, communication, and leadership skills while learning about a topic of their choice.
Each member picks a project and works with a volunteer leader to develop his/her skills related to the project of choice. In Manitoba there are over 60 interesting hands-on projects like beef, photography, outdoor living, machines, crafts and more!
Beyond projects there are also club activities, provincial events and travel opportunities where members can meet new people, build friendships and have fun!
Today, 4-H clubs in Manitoba are driven by thousands of 4-H members and volunteers, plus a strong partnership with Manitoba Agriculture.
Mission: Building leadership in youth and adults through unique, practical experiences.
Welcome YBF Japan Homestay Visitors
The Manitoba 4-H Council welcomes the York-Benimaru Foundation Japan Homestay Program Visitors to Manitoba!
This is the 29th year of the York-Benimaru Foundation’s “U.S.A – Canada International Exchange Program”. The foundations purpose is to foster an international spirit among the youth of Fukushima Prefecture through the promotion of cultural and educational activities. The high school students are awarded the opportunity to study English at an American University (Seattle Pacific University) followed by a homestay with 4-H Families in Manitoba, Canada. The hope of the foundation is to inspire greater individual achievements and to encourage the students to become true citizens of the world in the future.
The group of 19 Japanese students and two chaperones arrived in Winnipeg on July 27th and enjoyed a tour of the city the following day. They toured the Legislative Building, met the honourable Ralph Eichler, visited a dairy farm, went to the Canola Learning Centre and took part in the Bison and Bannock program at Fort Whyte. The students were welcomed in Portage la Prairie with a party on July 29th where they first met their host families.
They are now immersed in the Manitoba lifestyle with their host families in various parts of the province. Many of the exchange students will get the chance to experience life on a farm as many host families are involved in agriculture. Other activities they may have the chance to experience include camping, going to the lake, fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, Canadian cooking and playing sports. This year some of the host families also plan on taking their Japanese guests to the RCMP musical ride.
On August 12th the families will meet up for a Sayonara Party & YBF Thank you Party in Domain, MB to celebrate the 2016 Program. There are always a lot of smiles and tears by the end of the evening, as this is when the Japanese guests say goodbye. This also serves as an appreciation event for the Manitoba supporters (financial and in-kind) and the host families.
If you are interested in hosting a YBF Japanese exchange student in the future, feel free to contact Leanne Sprung (email@example.com) for more information.
NEWS RELEASE – Exciting Future for 4-H in Manitoba
Brandon MB – July 2016 – Manitoba 4-H Council Inc. is excited to announce that, as of September 1, 2016, we are assuming a greater role in the administration and delivery of the 4-H program. Through consultation with Manitoba Agriculture, the Council is now responsible for club, member and leader support, 4-H Area Council program support, member and leader records and volunteer screening.
“It is terrific that Manitoba 4-H Council will be responsible for a bigger role in the delivery of the program. As a past 4-H member, I am always reminded of the skills 4-H provided and I am honored to be part of an organization which continues to offer these skills to youth in Manitoba,” said Carlie Whetter, President of Manitoba 4-H Council Inc.
Manitoba 4-H Council Inc. identified the opportunity to assume more responsibility for the program and has prepared for this transition through board development, strategic planning and increased staffing. Manitoba Agriculture’s position in supporting the 4-H program continues in the areas of project and resource research and development, technical project expertise and training as well as financial support to Manitoba 4-H Council.
“This is an important step forward for 4-H in Manitoba, and one that reflects our shared commitment to building leadership and capacity among rural organizations,” said the Hon. Ralph Eichler, minister of Manitoba Agriculture. “We are a proud supporter of their work and it will be exciting to watch the organization flourish in the future with these new roles and responsibilities.”
Along with the transition, the Manitoba 4-H program is expanding to offer new projects, programs and opportunities to better serve our members and leaders. In keeping with the national 4-H leadership development pillars and the extended member age range of 6-25 years, Manitoba 4-H Council Inc., 4-H Canada and Manitoba Agriculture continue to collaborate to provide positive youth development programming. As a result of innovative programming, most recently under the themes of Science and Technology and Environment and Healthy Living, provincial membership increased by more than 5% during the 2015-16 4-H year.
“Our team of passionate volunteers and dedicated staff will ensure that 4-H continues to thrive in our province. We are excited about our enhanced role in developing youth in leadership roles,” added Carlie Whetter.
For more information about the Manitoba 4-H Council Inc. and the opportunities ahead please contact the office at 204-726-6136 or e-mail Executive Director Clayton Robins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let Your Imagination Take Flight!
Build a pollinator/bird habitat with funding from Agrium and 4-H Canada.