NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Public speaking trumps even the fear of death for many of us, but learning to speak effectively in front of groups large and small is still important even in this era of texts and instant messaging. And, 4-H can help your child overcome the sweaty palms and cold feet with its demonstration and presentation competition. By demonstrating a practice or providing information about subjects that interest them, your kids will learn public speaking skills and develop self confidence that will serve them well throughout their lives.
Take the first step with your future Toastmaster on Wednesday, April 1 between 1 and 4 pm at the New Hanover County Arboretum located at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. Through fun and hands-on activities they will learn how to prepare a presentation, write a speech, use visual aids to develop a more powerful message and overcome the inevitable stage fright.
This fun and educational workshop is open to all youth ages 5 to 18. They don’t even have to be current 4-H members but you do need to get them registered by March 25.
The journey to public speaking success doesn’t stop there. On Saturday, May 2 New Hanover County 4-H hosts a presentation competition. Open to any child between the ages of 5 and 18 as of January 1, 2015, participants will prepare a 5 to 12 minute presentation or demonstration with posters and props on any subject. The competition is divided into three age divisions – 9-10, 11-13 and 14-18. The top two from each age group/category will advance to the district level in June. Children ages 5 to 8 are welcome to participate but are not judged competitively. Please register by April 15.
Those who make it to the district level have an even more powerful incentive than just becoming better public speakers; scholarship money. Awards for Gold winners in some categories range from $50 to $500 and can be used to help pay for the costs associated with attending the state competition at the annual 4-H Congress at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Register or request additional information by contacting Leslie Dill, 4-H Agent, at 910-798-7660 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension system through their 3,100 local extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries.
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Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development