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.

Plan for 2023!

The 2023 4-H Speech Contest will be Sunday, March 5. Register by Wednesday, March 1. Public Service Announcement entries will be due Wednesday, March 1.

Speech Contest

The 2022 4-H Speech Contest will be held on Sunday, March 6 at the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County conference rooms, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A, Lincoln. Contest begins at 1:30 p.m. Register for the Speech contest by Wednesday, March 2 by calling 402-441-7180 or emailing kpulec3@unl.edu with name, speech title and age division. Check-in 10 minutes prior to your scheduled 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 - 8-9 years old: 2-3 minutes in length, any topic about a 4-H experience, including projects, activities and more. Note change in ages this year
  • Intermediate - 10-13 years old: 3-5 minutes in length, encouraged to speak on a project you would like others to enroll in. Note change in ages this year
  • 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.

Local Health Directives will be followed. Contest will follow a show and go format — after a speech is given, the participant is free to leave. More details to come.

Public Service Announcement Contest

Entry deadline is Wednesday, March 2, 2022. 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 2022 state theme is “Opportunity 4 All” and should be incorporated in the PSA (same theme as 2021). 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! Note changes in age divisions this year

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.

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Listen to/Watch Examples:


Listen to 2022 Lancaster County 4-H PSA Examples:

  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 1, Mindy Bartels
  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 2, Riley Peterson
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (10-12 years old) - Example 1, Dayton Jons
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (10-12 years old) - Example 2, Amorita Payne
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (10-12 years old) - Example 3, Vanessa Peterson
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (10-12 years old) - Example 4, Callia Thompson
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (10-12 years old) - Example 5, Emma Thompson
  • 4-H PSA: Junior Division (8-9 years old) - Example 1, Braxton Thompson


Listen to 2021 Lancaster County 4-H PSA Examples - (Lancaster County top 4 in each division which went to state competition):

  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 1, Mindy Bartels
  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 2, Ella Hendricksen
  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 3, Riley Peterson
  • 4-H PSA: Senior Division (14-18 years old) - Example 4, Eliese Schwinck
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 1, Mia Crawford
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 2, Ian Lorenson (Note: PSAs that are less than 1:00 are deducted points.)
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 3, Vanessa Peterson
  • 4-H PSA: Intermediate Division (11-13 years old) - Example 4, Melanie Wiggins


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


Watch Lancaster County 4-H Speech Examples on YouTube: