My Youth Work Story by Dayle Luce


To celebrate Youth Work Week, UWTSD graduate Dayle Luce shares his youth work journey experience.

Youth Work Week is an annual event that provides youth workers and young people with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and impacts of youth work.

I wasn't the sharpest tool in the box in terms of educational achievement in school, and it took me a while to find out what I wanted to do when I was older. I gained a sense of belonging through this thing I later began to understand a lot better, which was 'youth work'. I was provided with opportunities to attend youth exchanges, various competitions, meetings with people in power, trips, and a place to hang out and be myself (best thing it didn't cost much if anything). I wanted to give something back so I began to volunteer at a local youth club which later developed into becoming a part time member of staff, before finding out I could really make this a full time job. I was thinking to myself, what I can really make this a job? Playing pool with kids a full time job?

I then decided to go to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to study a degree in Youth and Community Work, and boy did I soon realise there was more to Youth Work than just playing pool. I have been able to embed the youth work principles and values into my practice, gain valuable experiences from various placements, and gain a professional qualification that I will have for life!  I graduated last year with a first class honours degree.

I am now working as a Youth Mentor working with young people mainly in the school environment, providing them with support and guidance about issues that affect them in their own personal lives and in school. The role provides me with an opportunity to ensure young people are able to succeed with their own personal goals, and to hopefully become what they want to in the future.