Nebraska 4-H

Communications & Expressive Arts Programs

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National 4-H Council

The Nebraska 4-H communications and expressive arts programs offer life-changing opportunities for youth. 4-H members practice life skills, such as planning/organizing, self-discipline, critical thinking, goal setting, resilience, problem-solving, and self-motivation. The focus of the Nebraska 4-H communications and expressive arts programs is the total development of the young person. The contests and related activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The programs aim to develop confident, competent, caring individuals who have good character and are connected to their communities.

To learn more about 4-H communications and expressive contests, events, and activities in your community, contact your local Extension office.


County Contests

County 4-H programs offer a variety of county contests, including public speaking, performing arts, and presentation contests. Any 4-H members may participate in county contests. Please contact your local Extension office for more information about contests available in your area. 

State Public Speaking Contest

Through the 4-H Public Speaking Contest, youth have opportunities to write speeches or public service announcements (PSA's) and deliver them to audiences. In order to participate at the State Public Speaking Contest, youth must have been selected to advance from their county contest. The State Public Speaking Contest is held in Lincoln, Nebraska immediately following PASE/Life Challenge.

State Public Speaking Contest

State Digital Video - 4-H FilmFest

The 4-H FilmFest is the display of digital videos that show the recording, reproducing, and broadcasting of moving visual images. At the Nebraska State Fair, as part of the Digital Video - 4-H FilmFest contest, youth provide a 1-minute oral introduction of their video followed by the showing of their digital video. Digital videos may be created by one individual or by a team of two. 

State Digitial Video - 4-H FilmFest

State Presentation Contests

Through the 4-H Presentations Contests, youth have opportunities to teach others by writing, preparing, and delivering a show-and-tell style presentation. Youth do not have to compete at a county level in order to present at the state level. The state contest at the Nebraska State Fair, includes the Premier Presenter Contest, Illustrated Presentations Contests, Teaching Presentation Contests, as well as special topic presentation contests.

State Presentations Contests

FilmFest 4-H

FilmFest 4-H is a national film festival for youth that are filmmakers, visual artists, aspiring actors, and those that are interested in meeting other creative people! FilmFest helps youth become producers, not just consumers, of digital media. FilmFest 4-H takes place in a 4-H environment. Imagination, fun, and curiosity are essential! Cameras, smart phones, and mobile devices are strictly encouraged. Courtesy and creativity are always in style.

FilmFest 4-H

4-H Communication & Expressive Arts Calendar