4-H Speech & Public Service Announcement Resources

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Current Contest Information, Resources to Help, Example Speech/PSA's

Effective communication is a valuable life skill you'll use your entire life.

The Speech and Public Service Announcement (PSA) contests provide 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas and have confidence. Contests are open to all 4-H'ers ages 5-18 (by January 1 of the current year) -- need not be enrolled in a specific project. Youth may choose to participate in either or both the Speech and PSA contests. If questions, contact Kate Pulec at kpulec3@unl.edu or 402-441-7180.

Speech Contest

The 2021 4-H Speech Contest will be held on Sunday, March 14 at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Check-in is 1–1:30 p.m., contest begins at 1:30 p.m. Register for the Speech contest by Wednesday, March 10 by calling 402-441-7180 or emailing kpulec3@unl.edu with name, speech title and age division.

HEALTH DIRECTIVE PROCEDURES UPDATE

In order to hold the Speech Contest in-person, health directives will be enforced. Participants will be given a set speech time and may bring one adult with them. Masks will be required for all attendees over the age of 2. Social distancing will be practiced throughout the event. After a speech is given, the participant is free to leave. Ribbons and judge’s comment sheets will be awarded at a later time.

  • Clover Kids - 5-7 years old: Anything! You could recite or read a favorite nursery rhyme, short story, the 4-H pledge, etc. This is a non-competitive, participation-only division.
  • Junior - 8-10 years old: 2-3 minutes in length, any topic about a 4-H experience, including projects, activities and more.
  • Intermediate - 11-13 years old: 3-5 minutes in length, encouraged to speak on a project you would like others to enroll in.
  • Senior - 14-18 years old: 5-8 minutes, a timely topic related to 4-H. How has 4-H helped you? The importance of 4-H in your life and more.

Public Service Announcement Contest

Entry deadline is Wednesday, March 10, 2021. In the Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest, 4-H'ers submit a 60 second "radio commercial" promoting 4-H.  Submit a PSA as a .wav, .mp3 or .m4a file electronically to kpulec3@unl.edu or on a CD to the Extension office.

The 2021 state theme is “Opportunity 4 All” and should be incorporated in the PSA. All 4-H PSA's must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu." The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit.

State 4-H asks for PSA's to be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at anytime of the year.

Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.

There is a Clover Kids division!

If you do not have the capabilities to record a PSA, contact Vicki Jedlicka at 402-441-7180 to set up a recording time at the Extension office.

Helpful Resources:


Listen to/Watch Examples:


Listen to 2020 Lancaster County 4-H PSA Examples - (Lancaster County top 5 which went to state competition):

  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 1, Ella Hendricksen
  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 2, Riley Peterson
  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 3, Eliese Schwinck
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 1, Clara Johnson
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 2, Melanie Wiggins


Listen to 2019 Lancaster County 4-H PSA Examples - (Lancaster County winners which went to district competition):

  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 1, Ella Hendricksen
  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 2, Addison Wanser
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 1, Acadia Carlson
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 2, Clara Johnson
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 3, Melanie Wiggins
  • 4-H PSA: Junior Division (8-10 years old) - Example 1, Vanessa Peterson
  • 4-H PSA: Junior Division (8-10 years old) - Example 2, Callia Thompson
  • 4-H PSA: Junior Division (8-10 years old) - Example 3, Kamryn Wanser


Listen to 2018 Lancaster County 4-H PSA Examples - (Lancaster County winners which went to district competition):

  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 1, Ella Hendricksen
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 1, Sarah Lange
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 2, Riley Peterson
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 3, Eliese Schwinck
  • 4-H PSA: Junior Division (8-10 years old) - Example 1, Holly Bowen
  • 4-H PSA: Junior Division (8-10 years old) - Example 2, Kaiser Christian
  • 4-H PSA: Junior Division (8-10 years old) - Example 3, Vanessa Peterson


Watch Lancaster County 4-H Speech Examples on YouTube: