This week 485 4-H youth, volunteers and professionals from 35 countries descended on Ottawa to take part in the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit. In addition to making new friends and taking part in Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, these young leaders of the future were exchanging ideas and collaborating to build a better 4-H and a more sustainable tomorrow. Coca-Cola Canada is proud to have been the volunteer partner for this incredible event and help support the 4-H movement.

For those of us that missed 4-H growing up or thought it was just a club in rural communities, this amazing organization has a rich history across Canada and offers so much more. Since 1913, 4-H has been nurturing responsible, engaged and confident leaders that have gone on to have a positive effect on their communities. Today 4-H Canada has nearly 25,000 members that take the group’s motto of “learn to do by doing” to heart by participating in a variety of engaging programs. Whether it’s computers, woodworking or photography, 4-H members are learning skills and developing the leadership and communication traits they’ll need wherever life takes them.

The 2017 summit’s theme – “Empowering Youth. Growing Global Citizens.” – was brought to life through 4-H Canada’s four leadership development pillars: community engagement and communications, science and technology, the environment and healthy living and sustainable agriculture and food security. Over four days, 4-H delegates had the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops and hear from inspiring speakers, focusing on a different pillar each day. Evenings and breaks were spent experiencing some of the cultural foods and practices of the various countries attending the summit.

This year’s global summit provided 4-H youth, volunteers and professionals a chance to meet and share ideas for sustainable solutions to today’s global challenges. Through collaborative workshops and inspiring cultural exchanges, 4-H’ers left Ottawa with a refreshed passion for community engagement and a renewed sense of belonging within the global 4-H family.

Global Network Summit Ottawa 2017 was held from July 11th to July 14th. For highlights and more information please visit here.