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

Public Speaking

Public speaking continues to be a cornerstone of the University of California (UC) 4-H Youth Development Program. Over the 120 years of UC 4-H, the presentation program has expanded to include various public speaking formats and opportunities for members to receive feedback from evaluators. UC 4-H alumni will often mention that they learned how to speak more effectively through their participation in the UC 4-H presentation program. 

4-H Presentation Day
Every 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year.

4-H members practice by giving talks to project groups and at community club meetings, sharing information about the skills they learned in a project, and observing other people giving presentations.

To prepare for a 4-H presentation, youth learn how to:

  • Research a subject

  • Organize ideas in a logical order

  • Share knowledge with others

  • Create and use graphics to support their presentation

When youth teach project skills in a presentation format, it demonstrates advanced skills and a deeper understanding of what was learned.


Types of Presentations

Presentations are not just demonstrations. You have many options ranging from traditional demonstrations for beginning members to persuasive speeches for more experienced members. All of the various presentation styles require similar skills and are designed to meet the interests and age-appropriate levels of the member. No style of presentation is better than any other. Choose the style that best fits you for your presentation and then try other styles as you advance in UC 4-H.

Demonstration/Illustrated Talk

Impromptu Speech

Science or Engineering Presentation

Interpretive Reading

Educational Display Talk

Share the 4-H Fun Skits

Persuasive Prepared Speech

Cultural Arts

Informative Prepared Speech


These are examples of different types of presentations. 







4-H Presentation Manual

UC 4-H Presentation Manual [revised November 10, 2020]

The UC 4-H Presentation Manual is the consistent and standard guide for all UC 4-H presentations used by all county, regional, and state UC 4-H presentation events. The evaluation forms must be used at ALL UC 4-H presentation events.

Event Coordinators: Please use the Presentation Manual as a guide for planning your events, and ensure that all evaluators review the manual before your event. Learn more about How to - Virtual Presentation Day rev10-13-2020

Youth Participants: Please refer to the Presentation Manual as a guide when planning your presentation for competition.
Please direct questions to the State 4-H Public Speaking and Communications Advisory Committee. Chair: Vera M Bullard at or Co-Chair: Steven Worker at

4-H Presentation Events

Members may present at a presentation event (day) to receive feedback and an award. At county, regional, and state UC 4-H presentation events, one, two, or three evaluators will use an evaluation form and assess your presentation on a standard set of criteria. The evaluators’ job is to provide feedback to help you improve your public speaking abilities.

  1. Each county organizes a county 4-H presentation event.
  2. If you receive a blue or gold award at county 4-H presentation day, you may participate in a regional 4-H presentation event.
  3. If you receive a blue or gold award at regional 4-H presentation event, you may present at the state 4-H presentation event.
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