Cape May Court House – An impressive 138 youth members of the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program participated in 2023 4-H Public Presentations Week held in March in the classrooms of Atlantic Cape Community College. 4-H’ers delivered their presentations before volunteer judges from the community, their fellow 4-H club members, family members and adult leaders.
4-H members are required to do a presentation each year. They may choose from four types of presentations: demonstration, illustrated talk, formal speech and performing arts. Even the youngest members of the 4-H family – Cloverbuds, kindergarten through third grade, are asked to try their hands at speaking in front of a group.
4-H Public Presentations have long been an integral part of the 4-H “Learning by Doing” approach to youth development. “We had a large number of new 4-H members who presented for the first time, and it was wonderful to see their proud expressions and to hear the encouragement they received from older 4-H members,” said Linda Horner, Cape May County 4-H Program Coordinator.
4-H members in the 8th – 13th grade who achieved a score of excellent from the judges are eligible to compete at the 4-H State Public Presentations Program in June. This state event offers qualified 4-H members an advanced Public Speaking experience. “More than 100 4-H members from throughout the state are expected to participate at State Public Presentations and we are excited that Cape May County has more than 20 members who are eligible to participate,” added Horner.
This year, participants have the option to participate in-person on Saturday, June 10, on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick; virtually on Sunday, June 11; or by submitting a recorded video presentation that weekend.
Cape May County 4-H wants to thank Atlantic Cape Community College for generously donating both their state-of-the-art classrooms and assistance from college technology professionals.
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4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.