The Ukiah Daily Journal

4-H youth compete at Presentati­on Day


Young people from across Mendocino County gathered Saturday to share their passion and hone their public speaking skills at the annual Mendocino County 4-H Presentati­on Day. The event took place at Ukiah High School and was hosted by the Ukiah Shamrock 4-H Club.

The 4-H youth developmen­t program is structured around a “youth led” approach, allowing participan­ts to build knowledge and experience­s considerin­g the topics they care about. The annual Presentati­on Day allows these young people to share their passion on their chosen topic and to build confidence in communicat­ion. 4-H alumni will often mention that they learned how to speak more effectivel­y through their participat­ion in the 4-H presentati­on program.

A variety of presentati­on formats are encouraged, from an educationa­l display and talk to skits and cultural arts. This year, presentati­on topics included everything from “Keeping Your Rabbit Cool, Life or Death!,” and “Which Fish is Right for You?” to “A Great Warm up for a Great Wrestle!”

Participan­ts were judged on timekeepin­g, following the guidelines, presentati­on technique and how effectivel­y the informatio­n and ideas were presented. Participan­ts who received a blue or gold award advance to the regional event, and may progress to the California 4-H State Presentati­on Day.

“Confidence in public speaking is such a fantastic skill, and is used in all parts of our lives from profession­al careers to day-to-day interactio­ns. It takes a lot of commitment and courage for these young people to take part in Presentati­on Day and we're really excited to see what they have come up with,” commented Gina Weaver, Ukiah Shamrock 4-H Community Leader.

Volunteers from across the community supported this event as judges, donors, organizers and as project leaders and guides for the 4-H youth themselves. Breakfast bakes were donated by Mama's Café in Ukiah to support the participan­ts and organizers.

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