4-H Discussion Meet
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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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
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
Registration closes on February 12, 2017.
Contact: Lousie Silacci, (559) 639-9800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants must be Senior Members (ages 14-19) and enrolled in one of the following projects:
- 4-H Discussion Meet
- Public Speaking
- Citizenship Project
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.