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Big ‘snaps’ to Lowell’s leadership

      March 13, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  It was recently reported that Crime in Lowell fell by 10 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year. In fact, Cheif Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court praised the efforts of local officials for such continued decrease in gang and criminal activity … >More


AmeriCorps Week: Honoring Those that Serve

Most of the members of UTEC’s current AmeriCorps team. This week (March 4th to 11th) is “AmeriCorps Week” – a national celebration and recognition of the extraordinary contributions of the some 80,000 service members currently active throughout the country, as well as the approximately one million AmeriCorps alumni. Since 1993, AmeriCorps members have collectively served … >More


White Ribbon Day and UTEC’s Commitment to Practice Healthy Masculinity

As part of an international human rights effort, the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign invites men and boys to be part of the solution in ending gender-based violence and violence against women. On March 1st, Massachusetts will hold its 10th Annual White Ribbon Day Event (#ReimagineManhood) to encourage men to speak out to: change societal … >More


The Secret to this Social enterprise’s Success Springs from Old Mattresses

    February 24, 2017From 90.0 WBUR:  The drafty riverside warehouse in Lawrence looks like a scene out of the Hans Christian Andersen fable “The Princess and the Pea” — the place is stacked nearly floor to ceiling with mattresses.“There’s, I believe, around 700 mattresses on our floor right now, and we have more coming … >More


UTEC’s 2016 Outcomes: Progress for Proven-Risk Young Adults

This is #SIFWeek, a celebration of the impact of federal Social Innovation Funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service. It’s a perfect time highlight UTEC’s 2016 “Outcomes & Impact Report.” This report may be the most important single document UTEC generates each year as it provides a comprehensive and data-driven summary of exactly how well … >More


Democratic Mass. Senators Lay Out Bevy of Criminal Justice Proposals

February 16, 2017From 90.9 WBUR:  Just days before a long-awaited review of the Massachusetts criminal justice system is set to be released, several Democratic state senators on Thursday detailed their policy proposals for criminal justice reform, which they say will be a major priority this legislative session. Legislative leaders commissioned the Council of State Governments … >More


UTEC’s Clothing Project Helps Young People Look Their Best

Sadyra (left) and Taylor sort through some of the recent clothing donations. My name is Sadyra Martinez and I am currently serving as the Social Justice AmeriCorps member at UTEC. Along with a number of other responsibilities, I have recently taken the lead on a new UTEC initiative called the “Clothing Project,” which is designed to provide … >More


Bills seek to lift criminal justice age

  February 13, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  BOSTON — Jeff Alvarez remembers how he often got into trouble as a teenager in Lawrence. He spent three months on the streets and later two years in an Essex County lockup. Alvarez, now 23, is a member of Lowell based nonprofit UTEC that helps 13 young adults … >More


Eddie Mercado’s disappearance has left big void at UTEC

    February 7, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — If you’ve hung around UTEC and the youth organizing community in the last decade, you probably know Eddie Mercado. A regular at UTEC on Warren Street, he was a voice for youth involvement in Lowell. “He made voting cool for our young people,” said Gregg … >More


SJC chief justice puts focus on access to judicial system

    February 4, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL- As the nation’s political climate turns frosty towards refugees and immigrants, the states highest judge told officials in Lowell Thursday that he is concerned about ensuring equal access to the judicial system regardless of citizenship. “With each passing day, I concerned about the struggle to make … >More