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Ford Hired for 4-H Outreach in Chaves County

LAS CRUCES -- Connie Ford has joined the Chaves County office of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service as 4-H agent for a new outreach effort.


Ford is among six 4-H agents to be hired in New Mexico with federal funding for reaching at-risk youth and strengthening 4-H clubs. The positions are funded for three years.

She will spend about 75 percent of her time in outreach to at-risk youth and 25 percent in support of existing 4-H programs.

"I hope to get more high-risk kids involved in 4-H," Ford said. "One of the figures I've heard is that about 15 percent of the eligible kids in Chaves County participate in 4-H."

She plans to emphasize nontraditional 4-H projects like wildlife, photography and shooting sports. She will also partner with programs such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Counseling Associates, an agency that provides foster care in Chaves County.

Ford, who most recently worked as a substitute teacher with the Elida schools holds a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University. She has three children, ages 16, 14 and 13, who have been active in Roosevelt County 4-H.