Youth learn to create a presentation and develop the skills to present it to an audience.
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Youth learn to create a presentation and develop the skills to present it to an audience.

Public Speaking: It's for Everyone!

The ability to clearly communicate an idea to others is a powerful tool.  It is a necessary skill that will help you reach many goals in life.  Mastering this skill during your 4-H career will give you the advantages needed to succeed in college, business and making positive change in your community.

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. You learn about the research process and the steps needed to organize information into an interesting and creative presentation.

4-H Public Presentations in an investment in your future and every member, including Cloverbuds, should participate every year.  This is not a competition, rather an opportunity to become a better you!  You cannot fail, but you will learn, grow and develop lifelong speaking abilities that will help you now in school, home and in club/community leadership opportunities. 

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.

Participants can from from the following types of presentation:

  • Demonstration: This type of presentation requires you to talk while working on something. It can be cooking, sewing, building, etc.
  • Illustrated Talk: This is slightly more formal, using a poster or technology to help you relay your message.
  • Speech: For the more experience speaker, You do not use posters or technology to get your point across.
  • Dramatization/Recitation: A fun, confidence building experience -- it is like acting only with no props.

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.

If your 4H club is interested in receiving assistance in preparing a public presentation our 4-H educator, Andrew Randazzo, would be happy to help. Whether youth need help outlining a presentation, understanding the rules or coping with stage fright, Andrew would be happy to set aside the time to visit your club.

An Important Note: This year we will not allow any presentations that involve nuts. The risk of allergens in schools is too high. Please find an alternative to any nut product and check your ingredients for any potential nut contamination.


Andrew Randazzo
Subject Educator, 4-H Youth Development
(518) 828-3346 x202

Last updated December 26, 2017