4-H Youth Development

Program Contact: Brian Brandt, 4-H Associate Professor
(253) 798-3250 • bbrandt@wsu.edu

Join 4-H!

Open enrollment for Pierce County 4-H is from October 1st through April 30th.  Information on joining 4-H can be found on the How to Join page.  Enrollment Instruction Packets for Leaders and Member Families can be found on the forms, policies, & procedures page.  Current members can reenroll at 4HOnline

Pierce County 4-H Council Fun’Raiser

The 2018 Leaders Council Fun’Raiser will be held on April 28, 2018 at Frontier Park in Graham.  The Fun’Raiser is open to all 4-H members, leaders, and members of the community.  This year we are offering events for cat, dog, and horse lovers.  New for 2018 is the addition of a photography workshop.  Funds raised will be used for grants and scholarships for 4-H members.  For more information click on the links below.

2018 Horse Fun’Raiser Flyer

2018 Cat Fun’Raiser Flyer

2018 Dog Fun’Raiser flyer

2018 Photography Workshop Flyer

Spring Leaders Meeting

All club must have a representative at the Spring Leaders Meeting on May 17, 2018.  The meeting will be held at the D. F. Allmendinger Center at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center, 2606 West Pioneer, Puyallup.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm with four stations followed by a general meeting.  The stations for this meeting will be Cloverbuds, Fair and FairEntry, Service Projects, and Poster Requirements.  Club officers and other youth leaders are encouraged to attend.  For those coming straight from work or would like time to talk with other leaders, pizza and salad will be available starting at 6:15 pm.  Please RSVP for pizza and the meeting by May 10 to Sadie Williams.

4-H International Exchange Program

Washington 4-H International Exchange is hosting youth delegates from Costa Rica (3 youth), Japan (10 youth and 1 chaperone), and South Korea (10 youth and 1 chaperone) this summer. We’re looking for families that want to gain a global perspective by hosting an international delegate. The host family commitment for Costa Rica delegates is June 26-July 21, and for Japan and South Korea delegates it’s July 21 – August 20. No special activities are required or expected, just a great Washington family experience for all.

These are great kids from families much like yours. They’re excited to make friends, learn about Washington, practice their English, and be a part of your family for a few weeks this summer.

The delegate list is not yet available, but this is the perfect time to submit your family hosting application. Then you’ll be the first to know who’s coming to Washington this summer. Each family should have a designated host sibling who would be the same gender and within 3-4 years of the international delegate.

Call Dianna Ullery (360-867-2153) or email dianna.ullery@wsu.edu if you have questions, and apply to be a Host Family at www.states4hexchange.org


Apply for a Fred Meyer Community Rewards card. These contributions enhance our programming efforts, for such things as Opportunity Grants, Scholarships and Club Support, and is a benefit to all of our 4-H members. Our group is Pierce County 4-H Council #90289. If you do not have a Rewards card, please talk to Fred Meyer’s staff and find out how to apply for one, or go to the Fred Meyer Community Rewards website. This will not interfere with your personal Rewards.

Contacts for Pierce County

Sadie Williams, 4-H Office Coordinator, sadie.williams@wsu.edu or 253-798-7160
Mike Seiber, 4-H Program Coordinator, mike.seiber@wsu.edu or 253-798-3223
Brian Brandt, 4-H Youth Development Faculty, bbrandt@wsu.edu or 253-798-3250

4-H License Plates

4-H Special License Plates are now available. Your purchase of a 4-H License Plate supports 4-H Youth Development in Washington State! Click here for a copy of the brochure.

About 4-H Youth Development

4-H is a positive youth development program that has the goal of creating caring, capable and contributing citizens. Youth learn life skills such as decision making, cooperating, and organizing through several project areas. Some might think the four H’s stand for “Horses, Hens, Hog, and Hay.”  It’s easy to see why, since 4-H has been around for more than 100 years. In fact there are a huge variety of projects spanning from robotics, photography, cooking, arts and crafts, sewing and fashion, welding, raising and showing animals, and so much more! Check out what Pierce County 4-H accomplished last year: 1,000 youth participated in community clubs with 700 adults that served as their mentors. Youth showcase their completed projects at the county fair and Puyallup Fair.

  • the Afterschool program delivered 50 hours of professional training to 90 after school and child care staff from 7 counties.  Nearly 1,600 youth received 4-H programming from these trained program staff.
  • 110 summer camp staff from 3 counties received training that allowed 3,000 youth to receive 4-H enhanced programming.

a 4-H technology lab opened in inner-city Tacoma providing after school and summer camp opportunities for middle and high school students.