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Date(s) - 04/04/2024
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

N.C. Cooperative Extension , Currituck County Center


Confident public speaking is a crucial, but often overlooked and underdeveloped skill. Developing effective communication skills and techniques provide youth with a positive sense of self and higher levels of self-confidence. This empowers them to achieve and succeed in any situation they encounter.  More information on the benefits and importance of developing effective public speaking skills in youth can be found in this article.

Good public speakers are made – not born. Check out our homegrown champion: 4-H National Public Speaking Champion.

The Currituck County 4-H Public Speaking program allows youth to develop and practice these essential skills in a positive and fun learning environment under the guidance of caring volunteers and Extension staff. In this program, youth:

  • Ages 8-18 research, write, practice, and deliver a 5-12 minute presentation on a topic of their choice.
  • Youth ages 5-7 can also participate by presenting a two to four-minute presentation on the subject of their choice.

All participants may compete in our County Activity Day Friday,  June 14, 2024 and District 4-H Activity Day Friday, June 21, 2024 competitions. Gold and Silver medalists at District Activity Day will qualify for the NC 4-H State Public Speaking competition held on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, July 23, 2024.

In order to help youth draft and prepare their Presentations we have scheduled several program activities:

Presentations Overview and Q&A: April 2, 2024: Presentations Overview 2024

This session presents a general overview of the program and how youth can get involved. We will also outline the presentation categories and program areas and a question and answer session. Join us Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. for this activity. If you are unable to attend please contact the 4-H Agent and we will coordinate a date and time to meet with you regarding this program.

Outdoor Cooking Presentations April 4, 2024: Outdoor Cooking Workshop

These presentation categories are a great way to ease into the presentation program and learn how to give a hands on grilling demonstration presentation. There are 5 categories: Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Pork  and Seafood, three age groups: 8-10, 11-13 & 14-18 and a whole lot of food and fun. Join us Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and learn all the tips and tricks to delivering a great 4-H Outdoor Cooking Presentation.

Foods Presentations April 5, 2024: Foods & Nutrition Presentations

There are several foods and nutrition categories that provide youth with the opportunity to highlight the use of specific foods in healthy and nutritious dishes during their demonstration presentation. Foods and Nutrition categories include Dairy, Peanut, Egg Cookery, Fruits and Vegetables and a general Foods Category for foods not included in the previously mentioned categories. A very tasty and fun way to learn how to conduct a demonstration presentation. Join us Friday, April 5, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for hand on activities, fun food facts and presentation tips and techniques.

Presentation Prep & Practice: Wednesday and Friday afternoons from April 8, 2024 until June 15 2024.

We have also scheduled a series of workshops and work sessions for Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m., from  Monday, April 8, 2024 until Saturday, June 15, 2024.

These sessions will provide youth with assistance, tips and techniques, formatting, preparation, poise (appearance and body language) and practice in a  safe and friendly environment. Call the 4-H staff  252-232-2262 to register for the day and time and we will add you to the schedule.

If these days and times are not convenient for your family please call and we will coordinate a day and time that will work best for you.

All youth participating in any of these activities must be fully enrolled in NC 4-H for the 2024 program year. 4-HOnline

For more information on categories, rules and general information on the 2024 NC 4-H Presentations program check out the 2024 NC 4-H Awards Handbook

For questions or more information or if you need accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Sherry Fischlschweiger at slfischl@ncsu.edu or by calling 252-232-2262 no later than 10 days prior to the event you wish to attend.