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Membership

Why join GAE4-HYDP?  

Being a member offers excellent opportunities for networking, professional development, and growth as an Extension employee.   As a GAE4-HYDP active, life, or affiliate member, you are automatically a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) and have the opportunity to attend national professional development conferences. Additionally, you have the opportunity to network, share resources, and ideas, and apply for professional awards.

What are the different levels of GAE4-HYDP membership?

Active Members: Currently employed by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Fort Valley State University Extension in professional status or operating under an official agreement with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in professional status and assigned responsibility for 4-H Youth development or professional interest in promoting and supporting same. Active GAE4-HYDP members who retire may complete that membership year as active members, with full membership benefits. They may vote, hold elected or appointed positions, and receive newsletters.

Partner Members: Subject matter specialists and 4-H/youth development paraprofessionals with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension or Fort Valley State University Extension may join GAE4-HYDP as a partner member. They will receive GAE4-HYDP membership, entitling them to attend the state meeting, present, and attend workshops and exhibits. State Extension Partner Members will not be allowed to hold office, vote, be lead author on awards, attend national meetings, or receive other benefits of GAE4-HYDP membership.

Life Members: Life members must retire from Extension (not merely move out of a 4-H Youth position). Members enjoy all rights and privileges of an active member. Active GAE4-HYDP members who retire may complete that membership year as active members, with full membership benefits. If a life member returns to active employment status, they will be required to pay dues as an active member. Life member status would be reinstated without additional payment when the Extension employee returns to retirement status.

Affiliate Members: Includes adult professionals employed in youth development other than Extension; former GAE4-HYDP dues-paying members who were Active members but do not currently qualify for Active or Life membership; GAE4-HYDP donors and sponsors. Affiliate members will not be allowed to hold office, vote, be lead author on awards, and receive GAE4-HYDP support to attend national meetings as a Georgia delegate or receive other benefits of GAE4-HYDP membership.

Student Members: An individual who is currently attending a college/university with full-time graduate student status. They will receive GAE4-HYDP membership, entitling them to attend the state meet, present, and attend workshops and exhibits. Student members will not be allowed to hold office, vote, be lead author on awards, and receive GAE4-HYDP support to attend national meetings as a Georgia delegate or receive other benefits of GAE4-HYDP membership.

2021 Membership Drive Timeline

Although membership to GAE4-HYDP is available year-round, our primary membership drive is held between October-December each year.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020Membership drive begins.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020Early bird registration ends at 5:00 PM. Individuals who register online by this deadline will be entered in a drawing for a free registration to the GAE4-HYDP Annual Professional Development Conference in 2021.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021Members must be registered online and dues payment received by GAE4-HYDP Treasurer by 5:00 PM to be eligible for awards.

2021 Membership Dues

Membership dues vary by membership level and district and can be found in the chart below.  Payment must be made by check. For those joining after the start of the calendar year, dues are not prorated.

 Dues
Northeast DistrictActive Member: $95.00
Partner Member: $25.00
Northwest DistrictActive Member: $95.00
Partner Member: $25.00
Southeast DistrictActive Member: $90.00
Partner Member: $20.00
Southwest DistrictActive Member: $90.00
Partner Member: $20.00
State Staff DistrictActive Member: $90.00
Partner Member: $20.00
Life MembersOne-time payment for Extension retirees only: $250.00
Renewal: $0.00
Affiliate Members$90.00
Student Members$45.00

How do I join?

Please use the link below to access the GAE4-HYDP 2021 membership registration.

**IMPORTANT: When asked ‘Select County or ‘Not GA Resident,’ please choose your county of employment.***
www.tinyurl.com/GAE4HA21Membership

After completing the online registration, please mail a copy of your confirmation, along with payment made payable to GAE4-HA, to:

GAE4-HYDP Membership
Attn: Jenna Daniel
320 Hoke Smith Annex – UGA
Athens, GA 30602

If you need an invoice to request payment for your membership dues, please use the invoice generator located here.

For Extension professionals, a receipt of payment may be pulled from Georgia 4-H Event Registration, “01/01/2021 – GAE4-HYDP Membership 2021.”  For those not employed by Extension, a receipt may be requested from GAE4-HYDP Treasurer, Jenna Daniel.

After completing the registration link above, please remember to visit the NAE4-HYDP webpage to create or update your NAE4-HYDP membership profile. This is an important step in the process!

  • For new members, create a NAE4-HYDP profile.  This will add you to the membership database.
  • If you are a returning member, please update your profile.
  • NOTE: If you are taken to checkout, please select the Bill Me (invoice) option. Georgia collects all national dues from members and submits collectively to NAE4-HYDP.