4-H Canada and Canada Service Corps Expanding Collaboration
From: Employment and Social Development Canada
New activities include mental health support development
May 1, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada
Canada’s future prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the experience and skills they need to succeed. Today, at the 4-H annual Citizenship Congress, Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced new activities developed by 4-H Canada.
4-H Canada has been delivering the Hands to Larger Service initiative since 2017 as part of the Canada Service Corps. Through this program, 4-H Canada selects and trains up to 30 Youth Service Leaders (ages 18 to 25) to co-create community-focused service projects across Canada during the summer, in partnership with other youth as part of the 4-H Club to Club Exchange program.
Newactivities include developing a mental health resource to support youth service leaders and volunteers involved in 4-H programming across Canada and developing an e-learning module focussed on child protection standards and best practices.
Hands to Larger Service is delivered by 4-H Canada, one of the most respected youth development organizations in the country. 4-H Canada receives funding through Canada Service Corps. Canada Service Corps provides youth with access to service placements that are meaningful, while assisting them in gaining life skills. These service placements will provide young people with the chance to make a difference in their communities.
“Canada Service Corps serves community needs through innovative programs like Hands to Larger Service. Programs like these give youth in rural and remote areas the chance to enrich their communities and build a better Canada for everyone. I look forward to seeing the expanding impact that youth leadership is having across our country.”
– The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Development
“Canada Service Corps is about giving youth the opportunity to build a program that is for them, by them. Through youth-led service programs like Hands to Larger Service, our government is helping Canada’s young people develop individual strengths and gain essential life experiences through projects that benefit their communities.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
- Canada Service Corps helps young people gain valuable skills while making an impact on communities across Canada. The program is designed to achieve the following core objectives: build a culture of service among young Canadians; concrete results for communities; personal growth through participation in a diverse team of peers; and lasting impacts on participants.
- Budget 2019 proposes to invest up to an additional $314.8 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, with $83.8 million per year ongoing, to make the Canada Service Corps Canada’s signature national youth service program. The Government of Canada proposes to expand this initiative with additional service placements, micro-grants for youth-led projects, and incentives co-created with young people, so that everyone who wants to make an impact has the opportunity to do so.
- Canada Service Corps offers an online matching service through Volunteer Canada that helps young people find volunteer opportunities tailored to their interests.
- Young Canadians between 15 and 30 years of age who are ready to turn their community service ideas into reality are also encouraged to visit Canada.ca/HYPERLINK “http://canada.ca/canadaservicecorps”CanadaServiceCorps to apply for micro-grant funding in the fixed amounts of $250, $750 or $1,500. With support from the Government of Canada, TakingITGlobal is delivering and administering these community service grants.
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