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State 4-H Leadership Ambassador Hosts Public Presentations Workshop

September 11, 2019

“When I became a South Dakota State 4-H Ambassador, I knew that a public presentation workshop would be the perfect educational engagement for my county.”

— South Dakota State 4-H Leadership Ambassador Kate DeVelder
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BROOKINGS, S.D. - This summer, South Dakota State 4-H Leadership Ambassador Kate DeVelder co-hosted a public presentation workshop for Clay County 4-H members. DeVelder co-hosted the event with Aimee Sorenson, Instructor of Communications Studies at the University of South Dakota.

Ten 4-H members attended the event and six of the members went on to participate in the county public presentations contest. Four of the six members were first-time competitors.

DeVelder’s workshop covered a variety of public presentation topics, including how to pick a topic, how to create a basic outline for illustrated talks, four different types of public presentations and the requirements for each type of presentation. Attendees also refined their public presentation skills. Participants worked both collaboratively and individually on these topics throughout the workshop. At the end of the workshop, each participant presented an illustrated talk to showcase their new public presentation skills.

During their term, each State 4-H Ambassador is required to facilitate an educational engagement in a 4-H project area of their choice. These educational engagements provide continued outreach and education for youth across the state, as well as providing facilitation skills to the State 4-H Ambassadors hosting them. 

The State 4-H Ambassador Program strives to develop the minds of young people by increasing and promoting leadership activities through 4-H. Through participation in the State 4-H Ambassador Program, teens function as positive role models for youth in South Dakota, while serving to support the 4-H program through public relations. State 4-H Ambassadors strive for continued improvement of the 4-H program by serving as an agent of change. Additionally, these individuals promote inclusion and respect for diversity across 4-H in South Dakota. State 4-H Ambassadors must be a registered 4-H member, age 14-18, in good standing. Individuals on the State 4-H Ambassador team have endless opportunities to grow and expand their leadership skills.

Learn more about this exciting leadership opportunity within 4-H through the 4-H page!

a group of young people participating in a public presentation training
Courtesy of SDSU Extension

Members of the Clay County 4-H club that attended the public presentation workshop with South Dakota State 4-H Leadership Ambassador Kate DeVelder and Aimee Sorenson, Instructor of Communications Studies at the University of South Dakota. 

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Courtesy of SDSU Extension

Aimee Sorenson, Instructor of Communications Studies at the University of South Dakota introducing South Dakota State 4-H Leadership Ambassador Kate DeVelder before the public presentation event.

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Courtesy of SDSU Extension

South Dakota State 4-H Leadership Ambassador Kate DeVelder covering a variety of topics during the recent public presentation workshop.