Zoe Zeigler at Public Presentations

"Marvelous Maple" at 4-H Public Presentations

4-H Public Presentations

4-H Public Presentations is a program in which youth learn to create a presentation and develop the skills needed to present it before an audience. They learn about the research process and the steps needed to organize information into an interesting and creative presentation.

Youth learn about the varied purposes of presentations and how to tailor their presentations appropriately to fit their intentions. Beginners are encouraged to select simple topics with which they are extremely comfortable, so that the presentation process is the focus of their learning without the stress of learning about an unfamiliar topic.

As youth progress and grow each year, they are challenged to try one of the more difficult types of presentations, to use more advanced technology in their presentations where appropriate, and to venture into unfamiliar topics or presentation styles.

4-H Public Presentations

4-H Public Presentations is a program in which youth learn to create a presentation and develop the skills needed to present it before an audience. They learn about the research process and the steps needed to organize information into an interesting and creative presentation.

Youth learn about the varied purposes of presentations and how to tailor their presentations appropriately to fit their intentions. Beginners are encouraged to select simple topics with which they are extremely comfortable, so that the presentation process is the focus of their learning without the stress of learning about an unfamiliar topic.

As youth progress and grow each year, they are challenged to continue to increase their public speaking skills by using more advanced technology in their presentations where appropriate, and expanding to more complex topics or more challenging presentation styles.

4-H Presentation Training Day:

Usually scheduled a month or two prior to actual presentation day. See Dates for Yates and Events Calendar for details and to pre-register.

County Level Public Presentations:

Traditionally scheduled during the week of school’s winter break in February (a weeknight and a Saturday morning.) Pre-registration due date and registration forms are in Dates for Yates and on our website by December.

  • Cloverbuds (4-H’ers 5-7 years old) receive feedback from evaluators verbally and in writing on a brief scoring sheet. They receive a certificate and participation ribbon.
  • 4-H’ers (age 8 and older by January 1st of the current year) receive verbal and written feedback from evaluators based on a rubric and scoring sheet. A numerical score is tallied from the rubric, and presenters receive the corresponding blue, red, or white award along with their certificate, rubric, and scoring sheet with comments.

District 4-H Public Presentations:

Nine-county regional event held each spring. 4-H’ers (cloverbuds are exempt) are invited by their local county educators to take part at this next level, based on evaluators’ recommendations and their scores from the county level presentations. Participants receive their scoring sheets with judges’ comments, and awarded ribbons or medals.

State 4-H Public Presentations:

A limited number of 4-H’ers who excelled at the District Level Presentations are invited to compete in Ithaca at the state level of public presentations based on awards and scores received at the District Level. Participants receive their scoring sheets with judges’ comments, and awarded ribbons or medals.

Note: Please refer to rubrics, scoring sheets, and other information about public presentations listed on our webpage in the lefthand column. For examples of public presentations, please follow the link to Wayne County 4-H website for sample video presentations, completed rubrics and scoresheets at http://ccewayne.org/4-h-youth-development/finger-lakes-district-4-h-public-presentation-training

Last updated February 23, 2021