Contests and Opportunities

Our programming empowers youth to be healthy – body and mind – with the skills to make healthy decisions and lead healthy lifestyles. Having the confidence and skills to lead healthy lifestyles not only improves overall well-being; it enables youth to tackle life’s challenges today and become leaders in their lives, careers, and communities as they grow into responsible adulthood.

Mind: Social and Emotional Well-Being 

4‑H’s Healthy Living programs provide youth with a better understanding of how their choices can help themselves, their families, and their communities. 4‑H helps youth build a firm foundation that encourages good decision-making and strong interpersonal skills with programs focused on substance abuse prevention and mental health issues. Social-emotional health is the cornerstone to confident, caring young leaders who understand how to take care of their minds and inner being, which is key to holistic well-being.

Body: Fitness, Health, Nutrition and Safety

4‑H fitness, health, nutrition, and safety programs help youth understand the importance of eating right and being active within a safe environment. Mastering basic health principles place young people on the right track to developing healthy habits now as well as managing their long-term health.

Healthy Living Ambassador 

Would you like to be a 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador? Your job would be to provide healthy living activities for 4-H clubs and maybe even help out with some County 4-H programs to promote healthier lifestyles. Lots of activities that may be used are listed on this page. If you find additional resources, let us know so we can share with the other 4-H Health Ambassadors!

Lessons from our 4-H Projects

Healthy Living Projects

Powerpoints and Videos

Nutrition Jeopardy

Make your own Nutrition Jeopardy by using a poster board or find a template online. You can also borrow the one we have at the Maryland State 4-H Office.

Healthy Snack Resources

Health Rocks! Activities & Games

Up For the Challenge Activities

  • Let’s Play Outside
  • In Beat
  • Cooperative Play


Websites with printouts and activities:

Other Resources

  • Lost your Healthy Living Ambassador Activity Book? Redownload it Here.
  • Media Smart

Goal Setting

  • Set SMART Healthy Behavior Goal!
  • Track your weekly progress
  • Nutrition Pledge Cards - Generic
  • Healthy Living Challenge
  • Get Up and Moving
  • Growing Up Healthy
  • Numbers to Live By


2021 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Public speaking contests are offered on the county/city level, and qualifying youth are eligible to compete at the state level in the following areas; Extemporaneous, Interpretation, Prepared Speech, and Radio Spot. In addition, youth who received Champion or Reserve Champion placings at their county/city level public speaking contest in the above categories are eligible and encouraged to participate in the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

The contest will be held virtually this year - youth will register and upload a video of their speech. The only exception is for the Extemporaneous category - youth competing in this category will register and then present their Extemporaneous speech live via Zoom on Friday, October 1st starting at 6:30 pm.

Registration and video upload timeline: August 18 - September 26, 2021


How Do I Enter the Contest?

  • Please remember the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest is for eligible youth who received a Champion or Reserve Champion placing in Prepared, Radio Spot, Interpretation, or Extemp at a 2021 county/city level public speaking contest.
  • You must identify your primary 4-H membership county to enter this contest.
  • Entries will be accepted via 4-H online.
  • Contestant information will be collected through 4-H online, and videos and scripts will be uploaded.
  • Each age group will have a separate upload area within 4-H online.
  • Each 4-H member must be entered individually.
  • The entry deadline is September 26th.

To register, go to 4-H Online. 

Naming Files

The file name needs to include the 4-H member's name.

Example: Chris Clover V1.

Uploading a Finished Video

We have made this process as easy as possible using a Google form to collect your information. Only video files can be uploaded—for example, .MP4 or .Mov files. Most devices/cell phones/digital cameras typically save video as .MP4 or .Mov. Uploading a video to the submission form may take a few minutes, but this will depend on the length and size of the file you are uploading.

Uploading Scripts / Notes

Please make sure you have taken a picture of any extra documents you would like to upload, or these can be added directly from your computer.

4-H Public Speaking Philosophy

One of the many life skills that 4-H offers youth is effective public speaking. This skill, along with many others, helps to build confidence and leadership. Public speaking fosters creativity, critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, poise, and professionalism, valuable for the job market and life. Public speaking is an individual development experience. The speaker's own growth, measured against their own previous experience and accomplishments, is the most important feature of the program. Although the 4-H structure does identify "winners" in the competition, the primary objective is to develop strong communication skills in individual members.

Confident, responsible self-expression is a goal of the communication program. Public Speaking helps members to organize and present ideas, opinions, and information, logically and persuasively. They are building confidence in self-expression and taking responsibility for the most important skill of adult life - communication.

Judging their efforts provides valuable guidance to these young speakers. Judges' comments reinforce and reward their efforts. An unbiased observer can identify strengths and pinpoint areas needing attention. Judging speeds growth and development by presenting a clear, honest reflection to the speaker.

This contest will take a lot of work by the 4-H member and, in some cases, their family. We want to express a special thank you to all those who assist in holding the camera, the technical aspects, listen to the presentation for the 50th time, wash the 4-H shirt, offer encouragement, and give that big hug when it is all finished and done. Our program is only as strong as our members and supporters, and we know we have the best in the country.

Questions can be directed to

Navonne Owen

Amy Rhodes



  • Each judge will be assigned to an age group and category.
  • Judging will be done online through the video submissions.
  • Judges may be required to judge multiple categories and age groups accordingly.
  • Judges use a score sheet containing a rubric that identifies key areas related to the category, allowing judges to assign points related to the quality of each presentation.
  • Each judge will provide comments and an overall score independently for each 4-H member. These scores will then be averaged to determine a winner.
  • Timing counts, so practice, practice, practice. Points will be deducted if the speech does not fit the time parameters.
  • It is the goal of the 4-H Program to leave participates with positive, creative comments and allow them to maintain their self-esteem during the evaluation process by the judges.
  • Below are the judging score sheets. Please look over them for more insight on each area judged.
  • Judging sheets will be shared via email or mail with each youth after the contest.

Score Sheets


  • Awards will be distributed through your county/city extension offices and will be available for pick up or mailing.
  • Each age group and category will have a Champion and Reserve Champion winner.

Awards Ceremony

Online Streaming Live October 10, 2021, at 6 pm

Recording Tips

Presentation Tips


The 2020 Public Speaking Showcase

The 2020 Maryland 4-H Public Speaking Showcase highlights the wonderful public speaking submissions from across the state. Watch the various types of speeches and enjoy all of these amazing youth.

Fashion Revue

Girl on Stage for Fashion Review

Fashion Revue is a contest offered at the local fairs and the Maryland State Fair. 

The State 4-H Fashion Revue is open to members ages 14 -18 selected by their unit (county/city 4-H office) for competition. Each unit may send two (2) 4-H members in each Constructed class and two (2) 4-H members in each Ready-to-Wear class. Also, each unit may send two (2) 4-H members who are 13 as of January 1 of the current year to participate in the Fashion Revue

Walk MD!