What is Project Achievement?
Project Achievement is a public speaking competition for 4th-12th grade students. Select a topic that YOU are interested in to share with your fellow 4-H'ers, develop your confidence, and meet new friends from across the state at the district competitions. Project areas include but not are limited to: dog care and training, sports, history, arts & crafts, outdoor recreation and more! Would you rather cook and be evaluated like the chefs on the Food Network? Compete in one of our many cooking projects including Better Breakfast, Dairy Foods, Pizza, and Festive Foods for Health. Are you in to the performing arts instead? Compete in performing arts instrumental, vocal, or general project area! Project Achievement is for everyone!
To see a video of what a final 4-H Project Achievement demonstration looks like, check out the examples in the Project Achievement Resources section below.
2021 Competition - Important Changes and Dates
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 competition will be virtual. 4-Hers will film their demonstration and submit a video for judging. 4-Hers will compete against other youth from across Northwest Georgia. 4-Hers compete by project area. You can find a complete list of 4th-6th grade projects here. You can either choose which project area you would like to compete in or you will be assigned to a project based on your presentation topic. Winners will be selected for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each project area. All participants will receive a 4-H medallion to recognize their hard work to prepare for the contest.
- March 17, 2021 - Entry forms and videos are due to Fulton County 4-H
- April 1, 2021 - Winners announced (details on how to watch the announcement of winners will be shared with participants)
How Do I Get Started?
You can download all of the worksheets linked below in a single document here.
- Pick a topic that interests YOU! It can be anything!
- Research that topic using credible resources. What's a credible source? A credible source is a trustworthy source, so make sure you do your research on websites that end in .edu, .org, or .gov instead of websites that end in .com or .net.
- Write your speech! Include an introduction (with a catchy hook), three body paragraphs highlighting your topic, and a conclusion.
- Create your poster or slides! Your poster should support the ideas you include in your speech, should be neat, and should be easy to read. Posters can be created on posterboard, a tri-fold board, or on powerpoint slides. There is no required number of posters or slides. We suggest having a cover poster or slide with your presentation title and your name, and two or three additional posters to illustrate or highlight ideas in the body of your speech.
- Practice your speech and time yourself! Your speech should be between 3 and 5 minutes long. You do not have to memorize your speech - notes on index cards are a great way to practice and present your speech.
- Film your speech!
- Film your speech using a smartphone, webcam, or any device that works best for you.
- Please do not edit videos. Any video that is edited will be disqualified. Judges will not score the quality of your video - they will be judging your speech and visual aids.
- Make sure you and your posters (or other props and visual aids) can be seen. If there are windows in the room in which you are filming, make sure to face the window for filming instead of standing in front of it.
- Speak clearly and at a volume where you can be heard in the video.
- Need help? This video from our friends at Tift County 4-H has some great tips about how to film and present your speech. Please note, this video was orginally filmed in spring 2020 so please ignore all dates and contest details included.
- Submit your entry! Completed entries are due March 17, 2021.
- Your entry will include three parts:
- Videos can be submitted three ways (please indicate on your entry form which way you will be submitting your video; links to submit each way are included on the entry form):
- YouTube or other link - please make sure that your link is shareable and that anyone with the link can view the video. This is important so that judges can view and score your presentation!
- Upload your video file to our OneDrive folder
- Film and submit your link via Flipgrid
Preparation and Practice Sessions
Virtual assistance sessions are available to help you brainstorm, create, and practice your 4-H Project Achievement demonstration! Sessions are available on February 17, 20, and 24 and on March 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, and 13.
To participate in a virtual practice session you will need access to a computer (please no tablets or phones). 4-Hers will also need to complete and submit a 4-H Enrollment form, 4-H Code of Conduct, and 4-H Virtual Participation forms in order to participate in a virtual help session.
Sign-up for a virtual assistance session here.
Project Achievement Resources
- Parent Resources
- Project Achievement Friends Magazine
- Project Achievement Judging Rubric
- Video examples of Cloverleaf Presentations
- Promotional videos
- Presentation Preparation Worksheet
- Speech preparation tips from Iowa 4-H
Rules & Regulations for Project Achievement
The Georgia 4-H Activity & Awards Guidebook includes all state-wide policies and procedures. 4-H'ers and adults are encouraged to always review the Guidebook prior to an event. Changes are dates and highlighted in green.
The links below take you directly to the Guidebook information for that age group.