4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Discussion Meet

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
8:00 am- 4:00 pm 
Modesto Junior College

The 4-H Discussion Meet is modeled after the Farm Bureau's Discussion Meet competition. Competitors discuss a 4-H related topic and come up with a solution based on facts from research. 


  • Provide educational experiences and activities for senior members to demonstrate, through their research and/or evaluative data, how to deliver high-quality 4-H programs related to current issues
  • Inspire senior members to stay involved by building basic discussion skills
  • Introduce opportunities for senior members to pool their knowledge to reach consensus and solve current 4-H member issues
  • Promote self-esteem through individual expression and leadership

4-H Discussion Meet Questions

2017 4-H Discussion Meet Questions (PDF)

  1. Bullying is an on-going problem throughout our schools and community. Does the 4-H program have a responsibility to provide resources and education to its members about the impacts of bullying within schools, 4-H clubs and other activities? In what ways, if any, can 4-H members become involved in this issue?
  2. Social media has become a staple in our everyday lives. How can 4-H members encourage their peers and greater community to balance their social media use with traditional social activities including exercise, face to face conversations and other nontechnology based activities?
  3. Recycling and waste management mandates have pushed the effort to recycle to new limits. With the number of recycling centers decreasing, how can 4-H members raise awareness within their community and with governmental official, about the need to simplify and improve the program to enhance participation?
  4. How can 4-H members develop the community service vision to include dynamic programs, activities and initiatives to serve our greater community in impactful and meaningful ways?
  5. From natural to man-made disasters, our world can be quickly impacted by tragedy on both small and large scales. How can 4-H members develop conversations and encourage active discussion on how these events impact our daily lives and the lives of those around us?

2017 4-H Discussion Meet Results

Discussion Meet Winners

     On Saturday, February 25, 2017, the California 4-H Discussion Meet contest was held at Modesto Junior College. 4-H members aged 14-19 discussed current issues and trends that apply to the 4-H program and society as a whole. These members accomplished the goal of the project and competition: to discover applicable problem solving strategies and collaborate for the future of 4-H. 

2017 Discussion Meet Results

Jacob Nunes, Stanislaus County- Winner

Katie Butterfield, Yolo County- 2nd Place

Elisabeth Watkins, San Joaquin County- 3rd Place

Audrey Kurz, Alameda County- 4th Place 



Register now at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevDUX_Bl8wJlRTJ9fpd_JKqp6G8zWNP5bYlz1gM5JH6AF_ZA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Registration closes on February 12, 2017. 

Contact: Lousie Silacci, (559) 639-9800, silaccilu@gmail.com 


Participants must be Senior Members (ages 14-19) and enrolled in one of the following projects:

  • 4-H Discussion Meet
  • Public Speaking
  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Citizenship Project

Event Details

Schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zmgUGCEti2oRY9GqTa_LBRdtLDytacDeq0A-TUo2cdg/edit 

Important Information:

  • Map of east campus, we will be in building #1 the agriculture department
  • Registration in classroom 124
  • Parking in lot next to ag building on the corner of College and Coldwell

Preview a 4-H Discussion Meet

 Breakdown of the contest:

  • The Room Chair announces the topic to be discussed. 
  • Each competitor makes a 30-second opening statement directed to the audience. 
  • Open discussion between competitors for a total of 25 minutes.  
  • The Moderator calls for open discussion to stop. Competitors have one minute of quiet time to compose a closing statement.
  • Each competitor makes a one-minute closing statement directed to the audience. 
  • The Judges leave the room with the Room Chair to finalize the tabulation of their score sheets. 


University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), Targeting Life Skills in 4-H (PDF)

Discussion Meet Member guide7-15 (PDF)

Discussion Meet Leader Guide7-15 (PDF)

California Discussion Meet Manual (PDF)


Tips on Preparing an Opening Statement:

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