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4-H Club Agents from twelve states, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, West Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan and Kansas, in a special meeting during the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary National 4-H Club Congress (1946), formed an organization to be known as the National Association of 4-H Club Agents. These representatives were unanimous in their feelings that the work of the county 4-H club agents on a full-time basis is a profession of its own with problems common only to themselves. That an organization within their own group was also necessary to bring about an opportunity to promote this occupation as a profession.

1946, December 3 -- Twenty agents met at the Union League Club of Chicago. At 2:10 p.m., on motion of Andy Olson of Michigan, which was seconded by Florence Thayer of New York, the group voted for forming a national association.

1946, December 4 – At a meeting on the Mezzanine of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago, officers were unanimously elected: President, Donald Stiles, Massachusetts; Vice-President, James Childers, Kansas; Vice-President, Nancy Thayer, New York; Secretary-Treasurer, B.E. Henry, Michigan; Executive Committee, Jack Tyree, West Virginia, Ruth Weston, New Hampshire, James Bishop, Oregon. The accepted the purpose and objectives report.

1947 – First organized meeting. Thirty-seven members from eleven states attended. Sears Roebuck Foundation gave the association their first sponsored meal. Constitution adopted. Distinguished Service Awards discussed. C.W. Pence of Kansas was elected president.

From these beginnings the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals has moved forward. It has changed the name at least four times. It moved from the association meeting in connection with National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago to being hosted by state and regional groups across the nation. Today, it has expanded membership to all fifty states, U.S. territories and internationally.


NAE4-HYDP is an inclusive, diverse organization engaging youth development professionals by:

  • Providing cutting edge professional development through a variety of delivery methods
  • Encouraging leadership development and mentoring across generations
  • Cultivating networking to strengthen positive youth development programming globally
  • Integrating scholarship, research, and practice


NAE4-HYDP is the global leader in building positive youth development professionals.


Accomplishing our vision and mission requires many values, we choose to focus on the values of:

  • Learning
  • Inclusivity
  • Excellence
  • and the actions reflected in our professional standards

National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals


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