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Public speaking skills help for kids' competition

4-H invites youth from across the Hudson Valley to expand their skills in the New Year

Kids ages 5 to 19 get tips on public speaking

So you're scared to present? Youth ages 5-19, let us help! There’s no better time than the New Year to set goals for expanding your skills. Join 4-H staff and alumnae at any or all of our three sessions to hone-in on your presentation skills! We will provide cutting-edge tips and instruction before sending you into breakout rooms to apply what you learned to your presentation. Complete the Beginners Planning Form prior to the sessions to lay your foundation and get ready to exchange ideas with new friends and skilled presenters. Sessions will take place on January 5, 6, and 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Sessions topics are as follows:

  • January 5: Choosing your Topic and Main Ideas
  • January 6: Visual Aids and Body Language
  • January 7: Introductions, Transitions and Conclusions

These practice sessions are intended to help youth presenters prepare for the Annual Public Presentations event which takes place on January 9. Due to COVID-19, we will be conducting this event virtually over Zoom and youth will be able to present from the comfort of their own home. At this event, youth will receive feedback about their presentation from experienced and knowledgeable adults who will help them to become an better presenters. For those who want some healthy competition, this event may qualify outstanding presenters for the North East States Regional Presentation Event!

Registration for the Public Presentations event on January 9 closes on January 5, 2021. Each time-slot is 30 minutes between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Youth must complete the 4-H enrollment paperwork to participate!

For a complete list of resources including the Beginners Planning Form, 4-H Enrollment paperwork, instructional videos, and event registration visit This event is free and welcomes new and existing 4-H youth to participate!

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About Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County & the 4-H Youth Development Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County enables people to improve their lives and communities by bringing local experience and researched-based solutions together. The Ulster County 4-H Program offers a variety of engaging opportunities for youth including single day programs, club programs, after-school programs, trips to Cornell University, youth led projects, and more! The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. For more information on the Ulster County 4-H Program visit us on the web at, join our 4-H Group on our Facebook page!

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact our office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) is a 501(c) 3 subordinate government agency of the State of New York under Article 5, 224(b) of the NYS County Laws organization that utilizes research based knowledge through their partnership with Cornell University. This information is disseminated through their on-going community programming in the areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Science and Environmental programs held throughout Ulster County.

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