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Public Speaking Opportunities

Contest Opportunities for 2024:

Monday, May 6, 2024, at the Lorain County JVS 

Check in begins at 5:30 p.m.  Contests begin at 6:00 p.m.



  • Thank You Card
  • Winter Holiday Card
  • 4-H Infomercial

Contest Guide

Contest Registration closes April 22, 2024

"Demonstrations and Public Speaking Techniques" - This video provides steps to take to properly prepare and give a demonstration.  The techniques shared will help guide you successfully through any public speaking event or demonstration.

Officers' Chamber

In the Officers' Chamber, you will find the four cornerstones to running an effective 4-H club.  Look in this chamber to find more information for Presidents, Vice-Presidents, secretaries, and Treasurers.  These resources are quick guides that offer information on the importance of campaigning for club offices, officer position descriptions, and tips for holding elections.   Please feel free to share this with all club advisors and families. 

Officers' Standard Operating Procedures Manual- pdf | fillable pdf

This manual is a complete guide for the offices of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  It includes each office's responsibilities as well as forms and templates to assist in meeting the responsibilities and maintaining records.  

 Click here for Officer Manuals and Resources:

Officer Book Contests

Club Secretary Book Contest Guidelines 

Club Treasurer Book Contest Guidelines 

4-H Teen Ambassadors

Who:       Any 4-H member ages 12 and up

What:      The 4-H Educational Board is looking for youth interested in participating in fun hands-on learning and sharing what they learn regarding 4-H projects.  Youth applying for this opportunity will choose from five different project areas including Large Animal, Small Animal, Family & Consumer Sciences (food & clothing projects), Ag & Still Life, or Horse.  Ambassadors will have the opportunity to participate in state and local training in subjects specific to their project areas as well as in leadership, teamwork, and communication. 

4-H Camp Counselors

Counselors are expected to attend training sessions and assist with the county 4-H camp session for 3rd-7th graders or Cloverbud Day Camp for K-2nd graders.  Their job at camp is to lead activities and to see that the campers are well-supervised and having a good time.  Junior and Cloverbud Camp Counselor applications are due November 20th and interviews take place in December.


CARTEENS (Cautious and Responsible Teens) is a volunteer program for teens between the ages of 14 and 18.  Their goal is to inform teens about the dangers and risks involved with driving; they plan, facilitate, teach, and serve as peer counselors for the 4-H CARTEEN sessions.  CARTEEN volunteers in conjunction with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Metro Health Life Flight teach traffic safety education to first-time teen traffic offenders in an interactive program.  It is a great way to gain leadership, public speaking, and organizational skills.  No application is required; contact Sherry Lacko-Chutes at or the OSU Extension office for more information.

Junior Fair Board

The Junior Fair Board is responsible for establishing exhibit classes and rules for the Jr. Fair.  They organize, prepare for, and conduct the activities of the Jr. Fair.  They are active from January through November.  Youth must be 15 years of age on January 1 and not turn 19 before January 1 and be a member of Lorain County 4-H, FFA, FFCLA, Farm Bureau Youth, or Campfire USA.  Application is required.

Other Opportunities

Local 4-H Opportunities:

4-H Time to Say Thank You Contest - deadline May 15

Junior Fair T-Shirt Design Contest - deadline March 22

4-H Leadership Award Nomination 

State 4-H Opportunities:


Just for Teens

Ohio 4-H Statewide Programs

Ohio 4-H Statewide Opportunities and Events - Discounts to state attractions; Information on statewide camps and workshops.

Other Local Opportunities:

Lorain County Beekeepers Association

Are you interested in becoming a beekeeper? Are you between the ages of 11 and 18?

Then check out LCBA’s Youth Education Program.  Information and details on the selection criteria, the process, and the application are on the LCBA website: 

Academic Scholarships

For graduating seniors and those that have completed 1-2 years of college. 

OSU College of Education and Human Ecology Scholarships   

Various Deadlines Dependent on Student Enrollment Status Due Dates of February 15 and August 31, 2024   

Online Scholarship Application available on the State 4-H Website CLICK HERE

OSU College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences 

Priority given to those submitted by February 15, 2024  

Online Scholarship Application available on the State 4-H Website

Ohio 4-H Scholarships     

Priority given to those submitted by February 15, 2024

Online Scholarship Application available on the State 4-H Website

Lorain County Scholarships  Due April 15, 2024  

Scholarship Application-  Fillable pdf 

These scholarships will be awarded at the Annual 4-H Scholarship Night June 25, 2024  

Roger Stang Memorial Scholarship Due March 20, 2024

Scholarship Information and Application

Ohio State Fair Scholarship  Due April 1, 2024

Scholarship Application