Shannon Lacey is the North Wales Development Officer at Youth Cymru. Joining the team in September 2022, she has extensive knowledge in project management, research, funding, and strategic service delivery. Thriving in collaborative environments where communication and teamwork are pivotal, Shannon seeks opportunities to connect and collaborate towards a brighter future for the next generation. 

Eager to leverage her expertise and enthusiasm, Shannon aims to make a meaningful impact in the lives of youth and communities, driving positive change and fostering resilience in the face of adversity. With a solid foundation in youth work theory and hands-on experience in community development, she brings a unique blend of academic knowledge and practical skills to every project. Passionate about empowering young people, advocating for social justice, and creating inclusive spaces where all voices are heard and valued. 

Before joining Youth Cymru, Shannon had 4 years of youth work experience. Her roles included Youth Worker with the Warwickshire County Council Targeted Youth Support Team, family support work with young people and children in foster care, Looked After Children Contact Officer with Denbighshire County Council, Assistant Family Worker in Llandudno family centre, and Assistant Team Lead at NCS (National Citizen Service Trust) with the YMCA in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Her educational background comprises a Bachelor's degree in Crime, Terrorism, and Deviance from Staffordshire University. Currently undertaking her postgraduate diploma in Youth and Community work at Wrexham University, Shannon focuses on key areas such as youth work theory and practice, mental health, and anti-oppressive practices. 

Throughout her academic journey, Shannon has honed her abilities in understanding complex social issues, implementing effective interventions, and fostering positive relationships within diverse communities. Her undergraduate dissertation, "They think it's okay," investigated the correlation between sexual harassment, alcohol consumption, and media influence on university campuses, showcasing her commitment to tackling pressing societal challenges. 

Outside of work, Shannon enjoys spending time with her friends and family. When the weather permits, she indulges in paddle boarding, with Llyn Padarn being her favorite lake.