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Five Reasons to Recognize Your 4-H Leader

With over 7,600 volunteers across Canada, 4-H leaders are the heart of 4-H programming, supporting and guiding more than 24,500 4-H youth members nationwide. Everyday heroes like our volunteer leaders can and do change the world, and with their help, 4-H members are developing skills to become responsible, caring and contributing individuals, affecting positive change in the world around them.

Each year 4-H Canada recognizes volunteer leaders through the 4-H Canada National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award.

Know an awesome leader who is affecting positive change in the community? Here are five reasons to recognize your 4-H leader! Nominations open September 15, 2017 and close November 30, 2017.

Nominate Your Leader Who Loves to Connect with Others
Your leader is great at creating connections with your club, your family and your community by making everyone feel welcome. Being self-aware, listening and showing compassion for others are all traits of excellent 4-H volunteer leaders. Your leader uses this ability to create a safe, fun and inclusive environment for 4-H members, encouraging you and your fellow members to grow as responsible, caring and contribution leaders.

Nominate Your Leader Who is Authentic
4-H is all about youth working in partnership with caring adults and your leader knows that youth-adult partnerships are an opportunity for members and leaders to authentically collaborate. Your leader values your contributions and this helps build a culture of accomplishment and confidence within your club.

Nominate Your Leader Who Believes in Building Strengths
Your leader recognizes that the key to positive youth development is about recognizing a person’s strengths, and helping them to grow these assets through hands-on learning opportunities. Your leader encourages you and your fellow 4-H’ers to identify your strengths, focus on the positive to find meaningful roles within your club to play and to challenge yourself. 

Nominate Your Leader Who Rises to Any Occasion
Great 4-H leaders recognize that the best growth happens when youth take safe risks and challenge themselves to Learn To Do By Doing. Sometimes 4-H volunteer leaders are challenged to Learn To Do By Doing alongside members. Your volunteer leader rises to the occasion, and shows you how to reflect on the challenges and celebrate the successes in equal measure.

Nominate Your Leader who Loves to Have Fun!
Great volunteer leaders know that 4-H is about more than the mastery of skills and competition. It’s about making friends, new experiences and learning in a safe, fun and inclusive environment. If your leader is not afraid to try something new and promotes project meetings filled with laughter, then you should nominate them for the National Volunteer of the Year Award!

Know an awesome leader? Nominate them for National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award! The nomination period is open between September 15, 2017 and November 30, 2017. Visit 4-h-canada.ca/NVLYA for more details.