4-H Canada gives to youth over­all health ini­tia­tive pro­gram

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Agriculture -

4-H Canada is proud to an­nounce a two-year mul­ti­part­ner agree­ment that sup­ports the emo­tional and phys­i­cal well-be­ing of ru­ral youth across Canada through the cre­ation of the 4-H Canada Healthy Liv­ing Ini­tia­tive, be­gin­ning in spring 2019.

Em­ploy­ing the 4-H Canada pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment ap­proach, the first year of the ini­tia­tive will see the cre­ation of re­sources and tools that will sup­port youth fac­ing men­tal health chal­lenges and com­mu­ni­cate how to ac­cess re­sources or rec­og­nize when a peer needs sup­port.

The sec­ond year of the ini­tia­tive will fo­cus on phys­i­cal health, nu­tri­tion and well-be­ing. This ap­proach will help sup­port youth, not only in nav­i­gat­ing the chal­lenges they face, but of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their strengths and fo­cus on well­ness.

The healthy liv­ing ini­tia­tive is in re­sponse to the crit­i­cal needs of youth in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in Canada. Young peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties are at greater risk of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing strug­gles re­lated to their men­tal and phys­i­cal well­be­ing and also lack the re­sources and ser­vices that might be avail­able to those in more ur­ban ar­eas. The goal of this ini­tia­tive is to sup­port the 25,000 4-H youth mem­bers across Canada to lead lives that bal­ance emo­tional, men­tal and phys­i­cal health and re­move bar­ri­ers to ac­cess.

As part of the two-year com­mit­ment, 4-H Canada will also de­liver we­bi­nars and work­shops and as­sist in the cre­ation of re­sources that will be made avail­able for the over 7,700 4-H vol­un­teer lead­ers that are crit­i­cal men­tors and role mod­els in adult-youth part­ner­ships. Th­ese re­sources will train vol­un­teers and of­fer re­sources that help rec­og­nize youth in dis­tress and pro­vide the ac­cess to sup­port they need. Thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port of ini­ti­at­ing part­ner Farm Credit Canada along with UFA Co-op­er­a­tive Lim­ited, Corteva Agri­science™ Agri­cul­ture Divi­sion of DowDuPont, and Cargill, who have agreed to put over $150,000 col­lec­tively to­ward this am­bi­tious ini­tia­tive.

“The Healthy Liv­ing Ini­tia­tive means of­fer­ing youth not only the tools and re­sources to face chal­lenges, but also op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn how to thrive,” says Shan­non Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “As a pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, 4-H Canada con­tin­u­ally strives to un­der­stand our mem­bers and de­velop pro­gram­ming that meets their needs. We are truly grate­ful that so many part­ners have joined us in help­ing to cre­ate the re­sources that lead­ers can use to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of youth across Canada.”

“This is an in­vest­ment in young peo­ple who will play a large role in shap­ing the fu­ture of Cana­dian agri­cul­ture,” says Michael Hof­fort, FCC Pres­i­dent and CEO. “To help them reach their full-po­ten­tial we are sup­port­ing a pro­gram that con­trib­utes to the men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing of our next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers and agribusi­ness pro­fes­sion­als.”

To learn more about 4-H Canada and its com­mit­ment to pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment visit4-h-canada.ca.

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