New 4-H Pledge

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

The 4-H Pledge has gone global. 4-H Canada has an­nounced that fol­low­ing its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, the oath will now in­clude “…and my world” at the end.

The idea to up­date the pledge was ini­ti­ated at the 2017 Global 4-H Net­work Sum­mit by 4-H youth mem­bers them­selves who, for the first time, met with other 4-H youth from around the world and re­al­ized that they be­longed to a global com­mu­nity of more than seven mil­lion youth in­volved in 4-H in over 70 coun­tries. Feel­ing em­pow­ered to con­trib­ute to a move­ment with im­pli­ca­tions far be­yond them­selves, 4-H youth pro­posed to align their Pledge in sol­i­dar­ity, so that their fel­low mem­bers across the coun­try could pledge the same prom­ise as their coun­ter­parts around the world ev­ery day.

“This up­date to the 4-H Pledge is a tes­ta­ment that 4-H in Canada lis­tens to youth and en­gages them in hav­ing a voice at the ta­ble to en­sure we have thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties in part­ner­ship with youth lead­ers,” said Shan­non Ben­ner, 4-H Canada CEO. ‘‘4-H in Canada is lead­ing the Global 4-H Net­work be­cause we see the op­por­tu­nity and po­ten­tial youth can have in be­ing lead­ers at ev­ery level of com­mu­nity around the world.” Start­ing im­me­di­ately, 4-H clubs, their lead­ers and mem­bers in Canada will be­gin to use the up­dated 4-H Pledge, with the ul­ti­mate goal of them achiev­ing a sense of self-iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with it while strength­en­ing their sense of be­long­ing to a greater com­mu­nity, with end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties. The up­dated 4-H pledge now reads: I pledge My head to clearer think­ing, My heart to greater loy­alty, My hands to larger ser­vice, My health to bet­ter liv­ing, For my club, my com­mu­nity, my coun­try, and my world.

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