Welcome to Express Yourself! Effective communication drives all aspects of life. This series gives youth skills to increase communication with those around them in all settings: school, family and giving presentations at all levels. If you have a Speakers Bureau or Toastmasters in your community, they might provide additional opportunities for youth to learn.

Communications, Level 1

Discover how to put together a communication puzzle through nonverbal, verbal and written activities that stretch and strengthen personal communication skills.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Complete seven activities each year. Youth can stay in the level up to two years.

MATERIALS

M Picking Up Pieces,BU8156, $5.50
Communication Helper’s Guide, BU8159, $5.50
S Resource Handbook: Communications Toolkit, MI1560, $25.50 (no download available)

Communications, Level 2

Stimulating activities provide opportunities for youth to practice and gain confidence in communicating in a variety of situations. Watch them unfold as strong communicators while they present oral reasons, plan and present speeches.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Complete seven of 15 activities the first year with eight the second year to complete this project. You can stay in the level up to two years.

MATERIALS

M Putting It Together, BU8157, $5.50
L Communication Helper’s Guide, BU8159, $5.50
S Resource Handbook: Communications Toolkit, MI1560, $25.50

Communications, Level 3

Youth enrich and polish their communication skills and develop a public presence by speaking in public, exploring communication careers by job shadowing. In addition, they write cover letters and resumes.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Complete seven of 14 activities the first year with seven the second year to complete this project. You can stay in the level up to two years.

MATERIALS

M The Perfect Fit, BU8158, $5.50
L Communications Helper’s Guide, BU8159, $5.50
L Resource Handbook: Communications Toolkit, MI1560, $25.50
Communications Independent Study 
Communication Helper’s Guide, BU8159, $5.50 Youth reinforce communication concepts as they develop skillathons, play communication games, trace the history of communication technology, plan demonstrations and create advertisements.

Clover Communications

Get the new, comprehensive guidelines, tips, techniques and scoring rubrics for demonstrations/illustrated talks, prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, career communications, commercials and promo packages. This booklet gives detailed instructions for volunteers, leaders, parents and 4-H members in a variety of communications areas. Even seasoned pros can learn from reviewing this manual.

MATERIALS

M Clover Communications, 5342, $7.50 or Extension online store

Clover Communication Resources

Grab and Go Lessons & Contest Entry Examples

Several MSU Extension Agents captured favorite lessons that are quick and easy to follow. Club leaders, camp counselors, and teen leaders will be able to grab a lesson, have a quick review of supplies and be able to present communications activities with ease. Access the packet and examples at: https://montana.box.com/v/4-HCommunicationsResources