Each year, GAE4-HA members are eligible to apply for GAE4-HA and NAE4-HYDP awards. Award entries are based on programming performed or content created from January – December of the previous calendar year. The awards process is coordinated by the Member Recognition Committee.
2021 Awards Details
From GAE4-HA Membership Recognition Chair, Kris Peavy
I know many of you are anxious to apply for awards this year! Chair-Elect Lynn Davis, your District Representatives, and I all look forward to helping you through the process and reviewing your excellent work done in 2020. Below you will find pertinent information for this year’s awards process. This is a lot of information, but I ask that you read all of it thoroughly because we have many new (and hopefully, positive!) changes.
In order to be eligible for GAE4-HA awards, members must have registered and their dues received by GAE4-HA Treasurer, Jenna Daniel, by Wednesday, January 13. The compiled list of awards eligible members for 2021 can be found here. If you believe there is an error, please contact Jenna.
If you were a winner last year or in the past couple of years, and you would like to share your award application for others to view as an example award, please submit your award application here.
Thank you for applying for awards and recognition. Your hard work and excellent programs deserve to be recognized. We anticipate another great year for our organization in submitting awards at the regional and national levels. Again, please let us know how we can assist you through the process.
|February 16, 2021||Requests for letters of support (if applicable) for NAE4-HYDP awards due to President Sonya Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|March 2, 2021 (by 8:00 AM EST)||NAE4-HYDP awards applications for communicator awards, specialty awards, and first-time attendee scholarships are due in the NAE4-HYDP awards portal and GAE4-HA awards portal (you upload each award twice)|
|March 15, 2021 (by 8:00 AM EST)||GAE4-HA award applications and NAE4-HYDP Service Awards are due in the GAE4-HA awards portal|
|March 1, 2021||The deadline to submit the survey to serve as an award judge|
|April 1, 2021 (TENTATIVE)||State award winners receive notification|
|April 25 – May 15, 2021||NAE4-HDYP state award winners advance for regional judging|
|May 3-5, 2021||NAE4-HYDP and GAE4-HA state award winners honored at GAE4-HA Annual Meeting|
|May 16 – June 5, 2021||NAE4-HYDP regional award winners advance for national judging|
NEW IN 2021: Awards Biographical Cover Sheet
Each award submitted should include this new cover sheet to provide details necessary for the awards presentation during the GAE4-HA annual meeting.
NAE4-HYDP Awards – Due March 2 by 8:00 AM
Completed awards should be submitted in two locations:
- National Awards Portal: www.nae4hydp.org/awards
- Georgia Awards Portal: https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgwP9Vf1xoS5nrE
Applicants must have been an active member the year prior to applying as well as the current year of application. If there are additional requirements of membership for the award, these requirements take precedence over this eligibility requirement.
A Georgia winner will be selected for each award offered by NAE4-HYDP. Our state award winners will then advance to NAE4-HYDP Southern Region judging, with those winners advancing to be judged at the national level.
If your awards need a letter of support from the GAE4-HA President, please make sure you allow President Sonya Jones enough time to write the letter. You must send her an email request for a letter no later than February 16, 2021, and provide her with bullet points to be made. She will return the letter to you no later than February 26, 2021 (sooner if time permits).
- Communicator Awards
To recognize NAE4-HYDP members for significant accomplishments in presenting 4-H to the general public, civic groups, 4-H groups, or individuals through public information methods.
- Specialty Awards
To recognize NAE4-HYDP members for significant accomplishments in 4-H programming through a variety of strategies.
- Changes in 2021:
- “Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Award” has been renamed to “Jim Kahler Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Award” in memory of Jim Kahler, USDA NIFA 4-H National Program Leader for STEM and agricultural science and technology.
- New Awards in 2021:
- Excellence in Peer Professional Development Award
- Excellence in Shooting Sports Programming Award
- Changes in 2021:
- First Time Conference Attendee Scholarship
The applicant may not have attended a previous NAE4-HPYD Annual Conference as an Association Member. If the applicant attended previously as a guest, they can apply.
Additional resources for the NAE4-HYDP awards can be found here.
GAE4-HA Awards – Due March 15 by 8:00 AM
Completed awards should be submitted here:
- Georgia Awards Portal: https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgwP9Vf1xoS5nrE
NAE4-HDYP service awards are designed to recognize NAE4-HPYD members for significant accomplishments in various stages of a career and for contributions to the 4-H Youth Development profession.
- Service Service Awards
Applicants for the following awards should complete the form created by GAE4-HA (linked below) to be eligible for consideration.
There is no application for the following award; however, applicants should submit their name via the Qualtrics above to be eligible.
- 25 Years of Service
Each GAE4-HA award listed below has a separate PDF application that should be completed by a current GAE4-HA member.
- Continuing Excellence Award
The nominee should have worked for at least 10 years and should have been a GAE4-HA member for 5 consecutive years. Current active involvement in 4-H work is required. Judging based on professional development and association activities. Applications will be scored on the following rubric: Innovative 4-H Programming (50%), Professional Improvement/Development Activities (25%), and GAE4-HA Activities (25%).
- Innovative Work in School Relations
Eligible members may nominate themselves or any agent who has shown innovative work in regards to school relations. Each District will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Applications will be judged on activity (20%), content and scope (40%), and results (40%).
- Outstanding AmeriCorps/VISTA
Eligible members may nominate their full-time or part-time 4-H AmeriCorps and VISTA members for this award. Each District will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Submissions will be judged on: responsibilities in core programming (15%), responsibilities outside of core programming (15%), significant leadership responsibilities (35%), and accomplishments (35%).
- Outstanding Individual Volunteer Leader
Eligible members may nominate an individual in their county who has shown outstanding volunteer interest/involvement. Each District will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Judging criteria for the award includes program involvement (20%), roles and responsibilities (50%), and accomplishments (30%).
- Outstanding New Extension Professional
Recognized for outstanding work (with at least 1 year of service) in his/her first 1-3 years of Extension employment. Nominees should be outstanding among the agent group and be working in 4-H at the time of selection. Each District will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Applications are scored on the following categories: Professional Accomplishments (40%), Professional Improvements (20%), Professional Recognition (20%), and Involvement in Other Organizations (20%).
- Outstanding Program Assistant
Eligible members may nominate their full-time or part-time 4-H program assistant for this award. Each District will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Submissions will be judged on: responsibilities in core programming (15%), responsibilities outside of core programming (15%), significant leadership responsibilities (35%), and accomplishments (35%).
- Outstanding Support by ANR or FACS Professional
Eligible members may nominate any Agriculture or Family & Consumer Science Agent/Specialist/administrator who has shown outstanding support to 4-H club work. Each District will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Submissions will be judged on 4-H programming involvement (20%), leadership roles within 4-H programming (40%), and 4-H programming accomplishments (40%).
- Outstanding Support by Public Media
Given to any public news medium that has shown superior support to 4-H club work. Submissions will be scored on communication activities (35%), the scope of media (15%), and purpose and results (50%).
- Outstanding Support by Retiree/Life Member
Eligible members may nominate any active Extension Retiree who is a GAE4-HA Life Member and has shown outstanding contribution to GAE4-HA since their retirement. Each District will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Applications will be scored according to association activities and involvement (50%) and 4-H/Extension activities and awards (50%).
- Outstanding Support Staff
Eligible members may nominate their support staff who work actively in support of the 4-H program. Each District will have one winner; the state winner will be selected among the district winners. Applications are scored based on day to day responsibilities (40%) and work beyond normal job duties (60%).
- Outstanding Volunteer Leader Program
Eligible members may nominate themselves or other counties for outstanding utilization of volunteers in the total 4-H program. Applications will be judged based on methods of recruitment (20%), volunteer leadership roles (20%), leader training (20%), recognition for volunteers (20%), and accomplishments of volunteer-led efforts (20%).
- Peach of a Profession Scholarship
Must be an active member of GAE4-HA for the year they receive the award. It is for a $1,000 scholarship which must be used to attend the NAE4-HYDP Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference. Submissions will be judged by a personal plan (30%), professional development (20%), leadership positions (30%), and extenuating circumstances (20%).
- Professional Achievement Award
Six outstanding GAE4-HA members receive this award every year. It is not awarded on a district basis, but on ability. Applicants must be working in 4-H and Youth at the time the selections are made. The award may be received only once. The nominee must have worked for more than 3 years but not more than 10 years as an Extension Professional. Applications are scored on the following categories: Professional Responsibilities/Duties (20%), Professional Growth (40%), and Outstanding Accomplishments (40%).
Must be an active member of GAE4-HA for the year they receive the award and must not have received this award previously. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to an agent seeking financial aid for academic work or professional improvement. Award will be reimbursement only. The applicant is responsible for submitting the 1-2 page report required and requesting money from the State President within one year. Applications will be scored on professional/academic experiences (40%), the program of study (50%), and the budget plan (10%).
Questions? Contact the Member Recognition Committee, 2020-2021
|Northeast District Representative||Jackie Nunn
|Northwest District Representative||Adrianne Cox
|Southeast District Representative||Lauryn Gilmer
|Southwest District Representative||Samantha Price
|State Staff District Representative||Courtney Brown