New community service program offers training for young leaders

After a successful run-out this summer, 4-H Canada is expanding its Hands to Larger Service component of its Club to Club Exchange program.

“Next summer, 30 youth service leaders will be travelling across Canada to lead and promote community engagement, volunteerism and service, and to help create a culture of service for Canadian youth,” 4-H Canada said in a news release.

The initiative, funded by the federal Canada Service Corps, will train 4-H members or alumni (ages 18 to 25) on how to create and implement a community service project with clubs participating in the exchange program (which pairs clubs in Eastern and Western Canada).

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In addition to getting to travel on the exchange program, youth service leaders will be certified in CPR and first aid, and “develop leadership skills along with tons of other employable skills.”

Applications (available at must be submitted by Jan. 14 and the initial six days of training takes place in Orillia, Ont. Feb. 16-21. (For more details, click on the job description link at Hands to Larger Service on the 4-H Canada website.

A video from community service projects undertaken this summer during an exchange of Manitoba and Nova Scotia clubs can be found on YouTube.

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