Whether it was a brief conversation we had, a letter of support to my lawyer, or a thoughtful quote or a picture during the holidays, they reminded me I am not forgotten.
Dear Friend of UTEC,
Although my current situation isn’t ideal, I wouldn’t be in a position to better myself without the support of Streetworkers like James, Linda, Jonathan, and so many more. Initially, I had intentions of staying housed in the regular units within my current facility. After a few months of weighing their advice, I filled out an application to the Middlesex P.A.C.T. (People Achieving Change Together) unit, which focuses on inner city youth that are considered at risk.
Since joining in January, I have been able to expand my vocab, thought processes, and level of understanding, allowing me to enter a space of healing and reflection with ease. The whole unit is able to engage in their weekly groups without the fear of prejudice or judgement. Consistency plays a major role in anyone’s success.
Sadly, a lot of youth, both incarcerated and free, are brought up thinking there is no other option except living day-to-day. That lack of consistency plays a major role in our attitudes and impulsive behavior. Helping bridge the gap between social classes, ethnicities, and age groups is a challenge UTEC takes on daily.
Step by step, from Streetworkers to supervisors, UTEC has provided a safe environment that welcomes anyone willing to change.
My personal experience may be different from others who are free, but I believe positive mentors are just as important as growth itself because everyone needs someone eventually. Not only have I been inspired and encouraged, I have been able to stay grounded with my core values and beliefs.
This is not to give complete credit to UTEC alone, but a thank you to the hardworking men and women who have helped me without hesitation. Whether it was a brief conversation we had, a letter of support to my lawyer, or a thoughtful quote or a picture during the holidays, they reminded me I am not forgotten.