Communication is an important part of 4-H youth development

by kentucky4h

Source: Jennifer Tackett, 4-H youth development specialist

If you ask many 4-H alumni to name one of the most valuable life skills they learned during their 4-H careers, many would list the confidence gained through participating in communications projects. 4-H youth development strives to equip the young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful adults. Effective communication and public speaking skills are vital to tomorrow’s leaders.

Communications projects include activities such as speech and demonstration projects. In speech competitions, 4-H’ers research and present information on a topic of interest to them. In demonstration projects, they explain how to complete a specific task of their choosing. Through mock job interviews, senior 4-H’ers can gain skills that may one day land them their dream job.

Participation in speech and demonstration contests helps 4-H’ers master communication skills, become more independent, gain self-esteem and generously share their expertise. As they develop their projects, young people sharpen their critical thinking and organizational skills.

More than 300 of 4-H’s most effective communicators will showcase their public speaking abilities as they compete during the 4-H State Communications Day July 12 on the University of Kentucky campus. The event is sponsored by the Kentucky Corn Growers’ Association. Many of the participants have qualified for this day by winning either a speech or demonstration competition at the county level.

The following individuals will represent (COUNTY NAME) during the state 4-H Communications Day: AGENTS: YOU CAN LIST COUNTY PARTICIPANTS HERE.

4-H wants young people to be confident, whether they are speaking in front of a small group or a large auditorium. For more information on how your young person can become involved with 4-H communication projects, contact the (COUNTY NAME) office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.