Have you ever thought about participating in 4-H at the state level?
There are twelve state level committees that 4-Hers, ages 14-19, can apply to participate in. By working on these committees, you can meet 4-H advisors and other 4-Hers from all over the state and together complete some meaningful work. Read more about the possibilities at http://4h.ucanr.edu/Get_Involved/Advisory_Committees/ .
The Public Speaking and Communications Advisory Committee was newly established in 2020-2021. As its name implies, its purpose is to help young people improve competence in public speaking skills and build confidence as 4-Hers learn to be better speakers and presenters.
This year, we are achieving our purpose by tackling the 2020-2021 Plan-of-Work that includes different efforts the committee members identified. Members created this plan-of-work, selected at least one sub-committee, and often multiple, sub-committees to work on. I'm working on a document that helps evaluators run the impromptu presentation category successfully. I also volunteered to create an interview manual, not just for interview contests but for the best reference and guidance in preparing for all types of interviews. Additionally, if you participate in the bi-county, regional and state presentation day, you will meet me and other members of this committee who are working to make them run smoothly as room hosts or evaluators or working behind the scenes to make sure all the advance planning is done successfully.
Take time now to get familiar with what is available to you as a senior 4-Her at the state level and create your action plan to achieve the goals you decide to set for yourself.
Eureka Granite Bay 4-H
Public Speaking and Communications Advisory Committee member
I remember the first time I went to Presentation Day, when I was 10 years old. I sat there on the cold metal chairs atOphir school, waiting for my turn to give my first impromptu speech. I had signed up because I thought it would be easy as you only had 5 minutes with your prompt before giving your speech, but it didn't feel so easy as I sat there watching other youth present before me.I was in complete awe of the teenage 4-Hers, and how easily they seemed to be able to give incredible speeches! I remember one boy in particular. Despite his five-minute preparation, he told a great story, broke down the prompt in his response, and made it a fascinating listen. I thought to myself: “That's a SUPERPOWER!"
When it was my turn, I stumbled through my topic. I repeated myself multiple times, sweat a river, and somehow STILL only talked for 45 seconds! I was so embarrassed, but everyone watching supported me with kind words, and told me how brave I was to go up there and speak. 4-H people gave me the confidence to keep trying, and to not be ashamed when I messed up.I spoke at several Presentation Days, each year growing in confidence and skill. I participated in the public speaking project and even became a Placer County 4-H Ambassador. When I was about 16, I went to Presentation Day and decided to give another impromptu speech. I told a story, broke down the topic into three parts, and made a compelling point… just like my hero had once done. In that moment, I remembered the day so many years before when my speech had been pretty terrible… and I felt GOOD!Presentation Day can feel scary, and challenging, but everyone in 4-H understands that. We're proud of anyone who participates in County Presentation Day because we all know it takes guts to speak in public. If you mess up? We've been there. As 4-Hers we know that you're going to get better, and better, and then take on the world, so don't be afraid. I think you'll find public speaking is a lot more fun than you realize.
5 Traits I've Learned Through 4-H
by Maddie Wiswell, Placer County 4-H Ambassador
I'm Maddie Wiswell and I have been in 4-H for nine years. I live on a 100-acre sheep and cattle ranch and have invested a lot of time in animal projects and leadership opportunities through the 4-H program. I have been so grateful to meet and work with so many amazing people over the last few years and wouldn't trade it for the world. Through my experience I have gained a lot of knowledge and have learned so much about who I want to be. These are the top five things that I have learned thus far:
To me, leadership is the ability to lead by example and be a positive role model to others around you. You not only inspire others, you teach them to be leaders for themselves. My leadership skills have been practiced through a multitude of positions. I have had experience on committees, as a club officer, summer camp staff, and now as an ambassador. Leadership is now one of my favorite subjects to learn about in school and I hope to continue my ambitions in the future.
Whether it is owning up to your mistakes or following through with your work, responsibility is an important aspect that can be applied to anyone's life. To be responsible for another's life is the most eye opening form of responsibility that I can think of. To me, the greatest opportunity I have had is to raise animals. From the two chickens I took home from my second grade class to the flock of sheep I now own, every project has been incredibly fun and rewarding for me.
Building relationships and connecting with others 4-Her's from across the state has by far been the best part of each event I have attended. I love hearing other people's journeys and like reciprocating similar interests. Additionally, the friendships made by working with close-knit groups of people allows our experiences to thrive and provides the best form of motivation.
One of the greatest fears among us humans is public speaking. I admit that I share this fear and that I have always been shy and quiet. I have learned that everyone is here to support each other and that no one will judge you for speaking up about your opinions. One way this applies to 4-H is through advocating for what you believe in. Speaking up and a simply asking for help can go a long way towards you reaching your goals. Although I have not participated in as many public speaking or presentation events as I would have liked. One thing that is for sure is that I will always know how to address a letter due to the long hours put in handwriting buyer letters.
My greatest realization is the power of opportunity. Opportunities are indefinite and you never know where they can lead to. This might be one of the reasons that I choose to say yes to every new experience; I constantly want to do everything all at once. Some of my greatest 4-H opportunities include establishing the Thermalands 4-H Club as the President and starting up my own flock of Shropshire breeding ewes. Additionally, the Northern Youth Summit committee has helped me connect with people who have a passion for leadership which has kept my spark alive within the 4-H.
I guess what I'm saying is that the 4-H Program has been extremely beneficial to my development as an individual, team partner, and community member.
When I was five years old, my family purchased our first three chickens. What we did not know at the time, was that chickens are the gateway animal to lifelong livestock endeavors. Since purchasing those first few chickens, we've expanded to dairy goats, horses, plus the menagerie of market animals we've raised over the years. Through it all, we've always had chickens. My latest adventure into the show chicken world, began with some hatching eggs that we bought online. From those eggs, I hatched out my first Jersey Giants. This is where the story begins.
In 2018, I attended my first in-cage poultry show where I showed a young pair of black Jersey Giants. At the time, I knew nothing about Jersey Giants. I figured we would just go to the show to see what would happen. I got my birds washed and packed them up in the car to head to Modesto, California. After we got there and I cooped-in, a woman came up to me and sparked a conversation about my birds. It turns out, my Jersey Giants were hatchery quality birds. The women's name was Sher, and she took me in at that show. She showed me all the basics of in-cage showing with my little hatchery birds. After just meeting Sher, she invited us to have dinner back at her hotel room with the rest of the group. (I don't recommend having dinner with strangers in their hotel rooms, but fortunately it was a wonderful evening.) That night, Sher offered me a sponsorship through West Coast Jersey Giants. This would give me three high quality Jersey Giant pullets, and Sher's mentorship. Over the past couple years, we've encountered speed bumps in my Jersey Giant journey, but I've gotten over those bumps in the road and raised as well as shown some truly great Jersey Giants. I've been lucky enough to be able to bring every little bit of knowledge back to my Gold County 4-H Club, and back to my livestock community.
The best recommendations I have for getting started showing something new, is to go find a mentor and don't be afraid to look dumb! Almost any breeder or showman out there, regardless of species, would love to help answer questions and help foster the next generation of breeders and showmen. Go out there, find a breeder or showman you admire, and ask questions! What's the worst that could happen!/span>