4-H District Activity Day 2023
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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, 2023. 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:
- Other clubs & projects
- College/post-secondary education
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 NC A&T State University on June 24th, 2023, and participants must register with Caroline Goss, Extension Agent, 4-H by Monday, May 22nd to participate.
We will have a mandatory County Presentation Day at the Agriculture Service Center located at 134 Law Enforcement Drive in Jefferson on Thursday, June 1st. Please contact Caroline Goss, Extension Agent, 4-H at 336-846-5850 with any questions or to register to participate.