The daylong competition showcases the communications expertise of 4-HYouth in a variety of categories. Youths ages 9 through 18 may compete in the event.
A communications program is a long-standing tradition at all levels in all 4-H Youth Development programs. As part of these programs, members deliver a speech on experiences at an event, give a banquet address, lead a community service project, demonstrate skills associated with project work or show a younger member how do a project-related task.
Participation in Talk Meets and Demonstration Contests helps 4-Hers master communications skills, become more independent, gain a sense of belonging and generously share this expertise.
Youths develop organizational skills by learning the logical way to prepare a speech or present information through a demonstration. Competitive events give them the opportunity to practice what they have learned and receive positive, constructive suggestions to improve. The organizational process also improves critical thinking skills.
Standing up and delivering a speech or presentation fosters independence and confidence in youth. These experiences help overcome the fear of speaking in public. Members know that success is due to their preparation and presentation skills.
Speaking in front of a large group or only a few individuals with ease gives a sense of belonging and the opportunity to bond with other youths and adults. Many doors are opened in terms of personal friendships and professional advancement.
When youths master skills, gain independence and develop a sense of belonging, they want to share these achievements. This often comes in the form of initiating and leading a service project in the community or helping other youths in various ways. Generosity such as this is an innate part of all aspects of our 4-H Youth Development program.
Volunteer judges and room hosts are needed for the 2010 Communications Day event. Anyone interested in volunteering at the state event is asked to contact Deana K. Reed at email@example.com.
A broad range of communications expertise is a vital skill for today’s youth and tomorrow’s adults. 4-H Youth Development helps young people improve their quality of speech and association with others whether one-on-one in a job interview or a keynote address in a banquet hall.
For more information about programs for 4-H youth development, contact the Logan County Cooperative Extension Service.
Source: Deana K. Reed, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development.