Here's some of the latest news from the San Luis Valley 4-H program.

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San Luis Valley 4-H member Kristine Hoffner, 18, of Center was selected to represent Colorado 4-H as a delegate at the National 4-H Conference. The event will be held April 6-11 in Washington, D.C. This conference is the premier national 4-H leadership event, and delegates are selected by a highly competitive application and interview process.

“I was so excited to be selected to attend National Conference,” said Hoffner, Saguache County 4-H member and State 4-H President. “This event is an opportunity to have real discussions about things going on in today’s society and share our opinions with government. I think it’s really cool that we’ll have the chance to share our voices on issues that really matter to us.”

The San Luis Valley 4-H youth development program is looking for adults to share their knowledge as volunteers. These volunteers will leverage their experiences and interests to help youth build life skills in various subject areas.

“Volunteers are essential to help youth make the most of the wide variety of learning experiences they are presented with in 4-H,” said Amy Henschen, 4-H Extension Agent with Colorado State University. “We are currently looking for adults to serve as project leaders or help with workshops and school programming so we can better serve youth in the Valley.”

Every dollar county, state and federal agencies invest in the Colorado 4-H Program is returned to the state’s economy six times over. That’s one of the findings of a new Colorado State University study evaluating the economic contributions of the youth development program.

“This is a conservative estimate of the contribution of 4-H,” said Rebecca Hill, a CSU extension research economist and author of the study. “In addition to the monetary benefits, there are other benefits that are not easily quantifiable.”