JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Program held a Presentation Day 101 training class on January 14, 2023. This workshop was attended by 4-H’ers who were looking for direction and tips on preparing their 4-H presentations which will be delivered at our countywide Presentation Day on Saturday, March 4th at the JCC Carnahan Center.
Presentation Day 101 training is a program, open to 4-H youth from 5-19 years old, in which youth learn to create a presentation and develop the skills needed to present it before an audience. Not only do they learn about the different types of presentations and how to choose a topic, but also about the research process and the steps needed to organize information into an appealing and creative presentation. Volunteers and parents were also able to learn more about the preparation process and how to guide youth as they assist them in creating their presentations.
4-H Club Leaders, Nancy Johnson and Heather Lesch, worked to bring this valuable information together. Heather Lesch demonstrated her own presentation skills while presenting the material to the class. 4-H Teen Ambassadors, Mackenzy Graziano, Garrett Lesch and Emma Lindsey, along with advisers Dawn Comstock and Nancy Johnson also assisted in this educational workshop. Mackenzie Graziano performed a memorable skit on “What Not to Do” during a public presentation and joined her fellow Teen Ambassadors in the breakout workshops that followed the classroom instruction. The breakout workshops, geared for different age levels and experience, were engaging and provided further opportunity to participate and take in additional presentation tips.
4-H youth who participate in the Public Presentation program significantly increase their self-confidence. Presentation Day 101 training helps 4-H youth develop communication and delivery skills that are essential for organizing and preparing presentations and presenting themselves to others.
4-H is a community of youth that come together from diverse backgrounds to make their lives and communities better. 4-H youth “learn by doing” through club-based learning with the assistance of adult volunteer mentors. Do you know any youth, ages 5 to 18, that would benefit from participating in 4-H? If so, please reach out to the Chautauqua County 4-H office at 716-664-9502 ext. 214 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information!
–Lisette Cabrera, 4-H Program Coordinator
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County