4-H District Activity Day 2022

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What is District Activity Day?

District Activity Day (DAD) is an opportunity for young people to meet other youth in the district and share their passions through a public speaking competition. DAD is open to youth ages 8-18 as of January 1, 2022. Youth ages 5-7 can also participate in DAD non-competitively.

In addition to presentations, there will also be a 4-H Entertains Talent Showcase in which youth can demonstrate their talents. Acts can be either individual or group and should be no longer than 5 minutes. Note: Each county is limited to two acts total, and participants must also give a DAD topic presentation to participate.

What are 4-H Presentations?

4-H Presentations are a huge part of North Carolina 4-H. It is one of the most successful ways to help a young person learn public speaking skills. It focuses on members teaching others what they know about a particular project/subject matter. They are sometimes called demonstrations, illustrated talks or formal speeches.

Demonstration: DOING, SHOWING HOW, MAKING – has a finished product to show – shows how a task is done or product is made. For example: show how to make a healthy snack using fruits and vegetables.

Illustrated Talk: TALKING, TELLING HOW, using CHARTS, PICTURES, MODELS – shares information with the help of pictures, videos, charts, models, etc.

Formal Speech: Shares information on a topic without using any visuals, props or materials. Sometimes this is a speech that a young person has memorized or a paper someone has written.

Benefits of 4-H Presentations 

  • Teaches life skills
  • Increase public speaking skills 
  • Increase self-confidence 
  • Increase knowledge & interest in a certain subject matter 
  • Will help you in the long run with: 
    • Communicating 
    • Other clubs & projects 
    • College/post-secondary education 
    • Careers

Giving a presentation is a great learning experience. The topic should be something youth enjoy, are interested in, and can be presented easily in 5 to 15 minutes. 4-H’ers who do a presentation develop self-confidence, the ability to speak in front of an audience, and the ability to think ahead. 

District Activity Day will be held at Central Wilkes Middle School on June 17th, 2022, and participants must register with Caroline Goss, Extension Agent, 4-H by Friday, May 20th to participate.

We will have a mandatory County Presentation Day at the Agriculture Service Center located at 134 Law Enforcement Drive in Jefferson on Tuesday, May 31st followed by an optional DAD workshop on June 9th to help youth polish their presentations and feel confident for June 17th.

Please contact Caroline Goss, Extension Agent, 4-H at 336-846-5850 with any questions or to register to participate.