Rhode Island 4-H

Cooperative Extension, College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Public Speaking Contests


2016 RI 4-H Public Presentation Guidelines Dates, Rules, On-Line Registration

Here’s a great resource, produced by Michigan State 4-H, for teaching public speaking skills in club settings: 4-H_Communications_Toolkit-PublicSpeaking


The goals of the 4-H Public Presentation Program are to develop public speaking skills, organizational ability, and confidence in the young people taking part.

Annually, Rhode Island 4-H has many public speaking opportunities where club members can develop their presentation skills and show off their abilities. With the help of curriculum and resource material from the 4-H Office, youth work with their club leaders to create presentations.Listed below are some of the opportunities for youth to strengthen their communications skills.For more information on any of these programs you can contact the 4-H Office.

1. District Communications Contest: Three district communications contests are held. The district presentation competitions are not designed to be a high level of competition, their main focus is to give members an opportunity to perform and share their knowledge with others.Judges fill out score sheets providing positive feedback on how the 4-H member can improve and what their strengths are.Ribbons are awarded to every participant.

2. State Communications Contest: Members who earn a score of 90 points and above at the district competition are invited to participate in the state competition.The state competition is designed to be a higher level competition, where presentations are judged and ribbons are given.

3. The Big E New England Center:Every year 4-H members, ages 8 and over, participate in the New England Center at the Big E.They demonstrate projects, perform stage acts, provide 4-H information, and participate in the Big E daily parade for a 2 day period. This is a non competitive communications program!All 4-H Members 9 and over and their chaperons stay in the Moses Dormitory on the Big E grounds; dorm, transportation and meals are provided.

4. Washington County Fair Farm School: Farm school is now a competition that allows those 4-Hers who are animal project focused to broaden their communication skills by presenting demonstrations and speeches in conjunction with live animals.Members construct demonstrations that explain the knowledge they have gained in an animal science program: such as breeds, anatomy, husbandry, showmanship and disease prevention. Members can participate in teams or as individuals, and will be judged according to their public speaking skills, and their animal knowledge imparted on the audience.

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