Public Presentations 2021

4-H Public Presentations

Public Presentations 2021

4-H Public Presentations & Horse Communications

Public Speaking: It's for You!


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4‐H Public Presentations is a nationally recognized element of the Cooperative Extension 4‐H Youth Development Program. The public speaking event is one of 4‐H's most beneficial and rewarding experiences. It is the program most often credited by 4‐H alumni as having given them an edge above their peers in both college and professional careers. Through a progressive series of communication activities, youth develop poise; gain self‐confidence before a group; learn to express ideas clearly; learn how to respond spontaneously to questions; and gain subject matter knowledge. 4‐H Members throughout NYS, as well as the country, have an advantage in public speaking because they are given the opportunity to develop and hone their speaking and communication skills through the 4‐H Public Presentation Program.

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 is 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 choose from the following types of presentations:

  • 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: This is for the more experienced 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.

Level I - Club presentations. 4-H members are encouraged to prepare and present their 4-H presentation in front of their primary 4-H Club. The presentation is not formally evaluated but rather used as practice to prepare for 4-H County Presentations.

Level II - County event. 4-H members present in front of trained volunteer evaluators in a classroom style setting. Numerical scores are given by the evaluators. Participation awards are given immediately after the event. Presenters who qualify, based on age and score, may be selected to advance on to the 4-H District Presentations.

Level III - District event. Selected 4-H members from Northern Counties take part in this event. Presentations are given in a public setting to trained volunteer evaluators. Numerical scores given by evaluators. Participation certificates are awarded immediately after event. Registration required. Information will be provided if selected to advance.

Level IV - State event. 4-H members who qualify based on age and scores may be selected to advance to the New York State 4-H Public Presentations event. This event is typically held at Cornell University and will be a separate event from Horse Communications.

St. Lawrence County Public presentations are being offered at the Extension Learning Farm on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00-1:00 pm in the Back Classroom. 


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The NYS 4-H Horse Communications contest is an event for qualifying youth to compete and show off communications and public speaking skills. The event is centered around the horse world, encompassing a wide variety of topics. As this is a state level event, youth will be evaluated at a high level with constructive comments offered to help youth improve. The NYS 4-H Horse Communications Program is one of our most beneficial programs as it allows youth to learn and practice public speaking skills that can be used in the future.

Youth are asked to choose an equine topic of interest, research, and then present on it. Individual presentations, demonstrations, or team presentations are encouraged. Any 4-H member can present. Junior age group is 8 to 13 years old (4-H age). Senior age group is 14-19 years old (4-H age). Horse presentations should be 9-12 minutes in length for individuals and 10-15 minutes for teams in length.  The Public Speaking contestants should have their speeches be 7-10 minutes in length. Penalties are applied if presenters are under the allotted time or over the allotted time at this level. Three senior presenters and three junior presenters are chosen out of equine (3 of each age division) to advance. Youth who excel at these levels can be chosen to go on to State and National level. For additional horse related information please Click here!

St. Lawrence County Horse Communications presentations are being offered at the Extension Learning Farm on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00-1:00 pm in the Back Classroom. 


Tamara Hill
4-H Youth & Family Team Lead
315-379-9192 ext 261

Last updated March 18, 2024