Jefferson County 4-H
2020 Pick Your Project Available
Wooden Benches Available for Fairgrounds
Pre-Fair Entries Due - June 15
Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
2020 Public Speaking Contest
There’s never been a better time to compete in the Jefferson County Public Speaking Contest! Do you record hilarious TikTok videos or inform your parents and siblings about various 4-H and ag-related topics? You should submit a speech or PSA recording!
The 2020 virtual contest makes it easier than ever to practice public speaking because this year – there’s no public!
Jefferson County will be hosting the 2020 Public Speaking Contest virtually. We want to make sure everyone has an equal chance of producing a quality speech/PSA, so the performances will be submitted instead of performed live. Speeches and PSA recordings must be submitted by Tuesday, May 19 at 5 p.m.
Judging results will be announced Thursday, May 21, at noon via email and social media.
Steps to record and upload video recordings:
Record your speech using a phone, tablet, computer or video camera. File should be raw video with no editing. PSAs can have sound effects. Files should be saved in the MP3 or MP4 format.
• Use natural lighting.
• Shoot indoors (if possible) in a quiet area.
• Avoid direct sunlight.
• Avoid cluttered backgrounds
• Keep the recording device horizontal (not vertical) when shooting the video.
• Stabilize recording device (set it on a table, book, use tripod, etc.) so the shot is steady.
• Record 3-5 second before and after the 4-H’er begins speaking (if applicable)
· PSAs can be recorded using any recording device or app but must be able to be uploaded digitally and should be in an MP3 or MP4 format.
· Files should be named with the following label: Contest_AgeDivision_First NameLast Name_County (i.e., Speech_Intermediate_DarciPesek_Jefferson).
Note: Upload widgets are not optimized for mobile devices. We recommend using Chrome as your web browser. You cannot upload a folder; only file uploads are supported. The maximum length of the description field is 255 characters.
Submit speeches here:
Submit PSAs here:
Resources to help you prepare for the Public Speaking Contest available at https://4h.unl.edu/public-speaking
We follow the same rules as the regional contest. Ages are as of January 1, 2020.
Four age divisions are used in the 4-H Public Speaking Contest and are based on the
4-H member's age (the age of the youth before January 1 of the current year).
- Novice Division: 4-H ages eight (8) and (9)
- Junior Division: 4-H ages eight (8) to ten (10)
- Intermediate Division: 4-H ages eleven (11) to thirteen (13)
- Senior Division: 4-H ages fourteen (14) to eighteen (18)
Speech Category Rules
- Length of Speeches:
- Novice Division: May recite a poem, read/tell a story
- Junior Division: 1 to 3 minutes.
- Intermediate Division: 3 to 5 minutes.
- Senior Division: 5 to 8 minutes.
2020 PSA Theme - "Inspire Kids to Do"
- All PSA's are 60 seconds in length and must use the required theme.
- All 4-H PSA's must include the following tagline within the last 10 seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu." The tagline is included in the 60 second time limit.
- Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.
- All PSA's must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA's written and provided by the state or national staff.
- No team PSA's are allowed.
Project and Resource Videos
Check out our extension webpage for our Youtube videos we created for you! There you will find videos on how to fill out fair forms and get ideas on simple 4-H projects you can complete at home. Take advantage of these resources and see how you can still be involved in 4-H!https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/jefferson/project-resource-videos/
CWF Meeting Information
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the Kick-off meeting to our 2021 Citizenship Washington Focus Trip. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the Zoom recording, or view the slides.
As outlined during the meeting, we are implementing a “payment plan”. This is a suggested amount to have in your account in the upcoming months. The first date for the payment plan is June 30, we suggest an amount of $300 in your CWF account with the Extension Office. The next date, and perhaps the most important for us in the office, is September 30 – we suggest an amount of $1300 in your account by this date. This date is important because it is the last date for you to commit to the CWF trip.
If you are an adult that is interested in attending and sponsoring the CWF Trip in 2021, please fill out the Sponsorship Application. The application will close on August 1, and we will announce adult sponsors on September 30, 2020. The cost for adult sponsors is 75% of the cost for youth. Based upon the $3300 estimated youth cost, we estimate the adult cost being approximately $2500. Adult sponsors are required to enroll as a volunteer on 4HOnline, pass all required screenings, and complete a virtual training.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the new changes to the CWF trip program requirements, the payment plan, or fundraising opportunities. As always, we are open to suggestions, especially regarding fundraising!
2020 Animal ID Guidelines
Livestock Quality Assurance Training
Horse Advancement Level Testing
Online Livestock Judging Video Series
This new video series will provide students the chance to evaluate the class, listen to a critique of the class, and hopefully gain some knowledge regarding terminology for their reasons moving forward.
Each week we will add 1 to 3 classes to the series that way students will enjoy plenty of content. Youth can access these videos at 4h.unl.edu/livestock or 4h.unl.edu/self-paced-videos. Once you get to the website, simply scroll down and you should see the link for the online video series which is located on YouTube.
For more information visit:animalscience.unl.edu/unl-livestock-judging-team, or contact Blaine French, Livestock Judging Coach, at 402-472-8834 or firstname.lastname@example.org
4-H Cat Club
A message for all cat interested youth:
Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.
Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th: https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-club
If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!
NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!
How Does It Work?
Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.
This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at https://4h.unl.edu/photography-showcase.
Calendar of Events
19 - Public Speaking Contest Submission Deadline
25 - Extension Office Closed, Memorial Day
15 - Fair Entries Due
15 - 19 - Jefferson County Fair, Fairbury
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