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Professional Development

  • Journal of Youth Development - on-line research- based professional journal
  • Quarterly Regional Newsletters
  • National Conference with keynote speakers focused on youth development and professional development
  • Workshops presented based on the Professional Research & Knowledge Model
  • State visits from Regional Directors
  • Leadership opportunities through JCEP (Joint Council of Extension Professionals) Regional Workshops and PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development )
  • Leadership opportunities through the NAE4-HA Board of Trustees
  • List of Professional Standards for NAE4-HA members
  • Marketing items “4-H Youth Development Career” and “Get Into Gear”
  • Focus on Research and Evaluation
  • Programs of Distinction database of peer-reviewed program descriptions
  • Distinguished Alumni List and Hall of Fame
  • Monthly Webinars
  • President attends JCEP Leadership Conference


  • Service Awards (Achievement in Service, Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, 25 years)
  • Specialty and Communicator Awards
  • Professional Development Grants & Scholarships
  • Innovative program grants
  • Scholarships for state officers to attend PILD & JCEP


  • 4-H Brand Building
  • ECOP (Extension Committee on Organization & Policy) Youth Development Task Force
  • APLU (Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities)
  • JCEP representation
  • National 4-H Council Board of Trustees
  • Journal of Extension
  • Journal of Youth Development
  • National 4-H Leadership Trust Research Response Task Force
  • Strong connection/voice with National Partners, National 4-H Council
  • USDA/NIFA (United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture)
  • In-person or on-line voting for elected officer positions


  • Comprehensive on-line Membership Directory
  • Online community groups
  • Association web site featuring information and links
  • Executive and financial services
  • Sharing program ideas
  • Building friendships
  • Creating partnerships and shared program/research development
  • Regional teleconferences with state leadership
  • Life member contacts in each region
  • Regional teleconference and webinars with leadership
National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
701 Exposition Place, Suite 206 | Raleigh, NC 27615 | T: (919) 232-0112 | E: nae4ha@nae4ha.com