The following 4-H Youth Development article printed in the 2016 spring edition of our quarterly newsletter.
Gain Confidence through 4-H Speech Program
Public speaking – one of Americans’ biggest fears. 4-H presents the opportunity for youth to conquer this fear at a young age with the public speaking program. Learning public speaking skills helps children and teens gain the confidence, organizational skills, and composure to become the influential leaders of tomorrow.
The important thing is for young people to give 4-H public speaking a try. The earlier they begin the program and the longer they stick with it, the stronger their public speaking skills become. Youth can deliver speeches on any topic they find interesting. Looking for more information on the topic helps develop valuable research skills. Composing a properly structured speech promotes organizational skills, and youth learn creative techniques to engage an audience.
Competition begins at the club level, qualifying for the county competition on April 18th. County winners advance to a district tournament on April 23rd, and district winners compete at a state tournament in July at the University of Kentucky. Judges evaluate presentation and ability to clearly deliver a message.
It’s not too late to get involved in a 4-H speech program! Call 222-9453 for details.
Additional judges needed on April 18th and 23rd. If you are interested in volunteering to judge a speech or demonstration contest, please contact our office. Help make this a rewarding experience for the kids!
Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.