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Arkansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents 

AAE4-HA LogoThe Arkansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents (AAE4-HA) is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) . The purpose is to promote the profession of Extension 4-H youth work in Arkansas and to encourage professional improvement among all Extension personnel.

Seeking Nominations

AAE4-HA is seeking nominations for Extension Professional of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Nominations should be based on contributions to 4-H. Winners will be recognized during the Annually during State O-Rama. Please return all nominations to the AAE4-HA Past President or Creenna Bocksnick (

Extension Professional of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Why Join AAE4-HA?

AAE4-HA membership offers many benefits:

  • Professional Improvement
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Peer Recognition
  • Personal Growth

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What does it cost?

Annual AAE4-HA dues are $90 and should be sent to the AAE4-HA treasurer. Dues can be paid with:

  • cash
  • check payable to AAE4-HA
  • credit union account transfer
  • indirect account

How do I Join?

Membership is open to all professional, county, area, state staff members, and paraprofessionals such as 4-H Program Assistants of the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service who work with the 4-H youth development program. Membership is available to other youth development professionals, former NAE4-HA members and NAE4-HA donors and supporters.

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Awards & Scholarships

AAE4-HA membership also offers scholarships and awards. Members apply for a variety of awards from communications and publications to GIS and STEM recognition. To learn more the NAE4-HYDP Awards and Scholarships site. 

Congratulations to our 2022 winners!

Communicator Awards

Educational Package – Individual – Lori Canada

Educational Package – Team – Jesse Bocksnick, Creenna Bocksnick, Ashley Dingman

Media Presentation – Isaac Gauvey

Promotional Piece – Individual – Rachel Bearden

Social Media Package/Campaign – Individual – Ashley Dingman

Social Media Package/Campaign – Team – Hope Bragg, Ashley Dingman, Lori Canada

Social Media Piece – Individual – Rachel Bearden

Social Media Piece – Team – Jesse Bocksnick, Creenna Bocksnick, Ashley Dingman


Specialty Awards

Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award – Megan Maulden

Educational Technology Award – Lori Canada & Hope Bragg

Excellence in 4-H Club Support Award – Jeanie Rowbotham & Cindy Ham

Excellence in Animal Science Award – Jeanie Rowbotham, Cindy Ham, Rachel Bearden, Scharidi Barber

Excellence in Camping Award – Creenna Bocksnick

Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award – Eric De Vries, Shannon Caldwell, Taylor Knox, Roanna Wilson, Marshall Dickey, Justin Kirkes, Phyllis Scurlock, Hannah McCoy

Excellence in Peer Professional Development Award – Hope Bragg & Lori Canada

Excellence in Shooting Sports – Jesse Bocksnick, Shannon Andress (AL), Todd Williver (OR), David White (OR)

Excellence in Teamwork Award – Megan Maulden, Kris Boulton, Nicole Nichols

Jim Kahler Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Award – Lori Canada

Service Awards

Morgan Taylor – Rookie of the Year

Rachel Bearden & Lori Canada– Achievement in Service Award

Creenna Bocksnick & Hope Bragg – Distinguished Service Award

Erica Williams – Meritorious Service Award


NAE4-HYDP Conference


In 2022, members from all over the country will join in Madison, WI for the NAE4-HYDP Conference. Members will participate in networking opportunities, breakout sessions, and general sessions. This year's conference is scheduled for October 11-13, 2022 at the Monona Terrace in Downtown Madison.  Enjoy the fine hospitality that Wisconsin has to offer!   

Fourward Together

Organization Resources

2023-2024 Officers

Outgoing Pres. Cindy Ham
Pres. Sarah Enoch
Pres. Elect Vacant
V.P. Janice Shofner
Sec. Casey Ford
Treas. McKenzie Rigdon
Dist. V.P. LRSO Amanda Welch
Dist. V.P. Ouchita Bethany Gammill
Dist. V.P. Ozark Billie Collins
Dist. V.P. Delta Pia Woods


2023-2024 Committee Chairs

Professional Development Team Chair:  
Research & Programs Team Chair:  
Marketing and Outreach Team Chair: 
Finance and Operations Team Chair:  
Member Services Team Chair: 
State Relations Team Chair:  

Organizational Documents