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.
Youth choose a topic of interest, research the topic, and present the topic. Individual presentations, demonstrations, or team presentations are the types encouraged. Some clubs have the topics presented to their club, and then Public Presentations are done for Onondaga County in early spring.
Any 4-H member can present. Junior age group is 8 to 13 years old. Senior age group is 14-19 years old. Volunteer evaluators (two per room) pick the best three presenters out of each room at the county level. Out of the best, three senior presenters and three junior presenters are chosen out of equine (3 of each age division) and general (3 of each age division) topics who then go on to either, Horse Communications for District, or the general topics to North Central District. Horse presentations are timed at the regional level 7-10 minutes for individuals and 10-15 minutes for teams in length. General presentations times are beginners (2-5 mins.), Intermediate (4-10 mins.), and Advanced (10-15 mins.). Penalties are applied if under time or over time at this level. Youth who excel at these levels can be chosen to go on to State level.
Last updated July 26, 2019