Jake Paradisin, age 7, shares his public presentation on "How to Draw a Dragon" at a Namaste Friends 4-H Club Meeting , 2010
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Jake Paradisin, age 7, presents "How to Draw a Dragon" at a Namaste Friends 4-H Club Meeting, 2010

Abigail Beams with a 4-H Public Presentation on "How Horses Help People", 2010
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Abigail Beams presents on "How Horses Help People", at a Namaste Friends 4-H Club Meeting, 2010

Public Presentation, 2010

Seth Wraight delivers his public presentation before an audience.

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.

Annual Schedule of Public Presentation Events

Below are descriptions of 4-H Public Presentation events offered annually. Please click on the title of each offering to visit the related website event where you will find specific dates and registration links.

Public Presentation Kick Off Workshop - NOT OFFERED IN 2024
Workshop geared for different levels of presentation experience. All ages welcome but programming is designed for 8-12 year olds. Come learn about:

  • The benefits of being a great public speaker
  • How to choose a topic
  • Different types of presentations
  • How to prepare for a presentation
  • And much more!

Volunteers and Parents: Learn more about the program, learn about your role and how to guide 4-Hers through presentation creation. All workshops will be fun and hands-on. We will start the night with a light dinner and an overview of the program.

4-H Pre County Day- NOT OFFERED IN 2024

Level I event. Countywide event designed to give presenters a chance to give their presentation before evaluators in order to receive affirmation and constructive feedback. No numerical scoring is used. Strengths and weaknesses are shared with youth. Youth present in order of arrival and can leave following evaluation consultation. Pre-registration required. All presenters are required to attend this event in order to present at County Day.

4-H County Day - March 23, 2024  REGISTER HERE by Friday March 15, 2024
Level II event
.  County-wide event at which junior and senior presentations are given numerical scores and feedback provided by two evaluators. High scoring youth age 8+ are eligible to have the opportunity of presenting at District Day. Cloverbuds are welcome to give their presentations at County Day. Ribbons and medals awarded during the closing ceremony. Everyone is highly encourage to stay for the whole event. It is a great learning opportunity to watch the presentations of the other youth and celebrate the wonderful accomplishments. Registration is required; Rooms are assigned..

4-H District Day - April 20, 2024  
Level III event

Participants 8 and over from the South Central District will take part in this event. Numerical scores will be given by evaluators. Ribbons and certificates will be awarded to participants before leaving. Tompkins County youth have to receive an invitation to attend.

Northeast States 4-H Presentations - 2024 Date TBA
Level IV event

The primary goal for this project is to create a modern,advanced standard for presentations and give 4-H youth (ages 13 – 19 years of age) a multi-state platform to improve their presentation skills through feedback from peers and trained evaluators. Exhibits will have both live and pre-recorded options in the following categories. Illustrated Talk, Demonstration, Formal Speech


Venda Mae Harris
4-H Youth Development & Volunteer Manager
(607) 272-2292 ext. 142

Last updated February 8, 2024