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UTEC Community Kitchen Nears Completion

January 12, 2017 From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — In their cramped kitchens, budding entrepreneurs are feverishly working to build their food businesses. But eventually, the entrepreneurs may realize they need more space and bigger equipment. As a result, they move their operations to a larger community kitchen. In this area, food entrepreneurs have desired … >More

Pull up one more chair for youth

January 2, 2017 From Youth Today: Currently in Massachusetts, the Council for State Governments is making recommendations for reforming and reinvesting in our criminal justice system to get better recidivism outcomes. I was able to join a meeting they had with community groups as a member of UTEC, a local nonprofit. I sat and listened … >More

UTEC Family Marks End of Year with Festive Holiday Party

Last Thursday, UTEC’s main hall offered a sight that would have warmed even the heart of The Grinch himself. Bedecked with holiday streamers, lights, colorful gifts, tasty treats, and a large holiday tree, the hall was filled with UTEC youth and staff, along with many of their young children, all happily gathered for UTEC’s annual holiday … >More

Concord Cheese Shop Believes in Quality Workmanship and Helping Youth

Peter Lovis, owner of the Concord Cheese Shop and long-time supporter of UTEC. By Caroline Burlingham Ellis Peter Lovis, owner of the beloved Concord Cheese Shop, is offering high-quality cutting boards handcrafted by youth who have chosen to turn their lives around. The young people are members of UTEC, a Lowell-based youth development nonprofit agency. … >More

UTEC Staff Videos Offer New Ways to #chooseUTEC

Kodi and culinary crew working their pipes. As part of the year-end giving season, UTEC staff members have created brief videos with our young people in an effort to capture, in a simple, personal and immediate fashion, what their relationship means and how it fits into the greater context of the ‘UTEC family.’ The results of this … >More

Key Partners Help UTEC Carve Out a Better Future

UTEC cutting boards are now available for sale at many sites, including Cafe UTEC. While it may not be mistaken for Santa’s Workshop, UTEC’s Woodworking social enterprise program right now is just as busy as any real (or imagined) workshop. And the reason for all this activity is simple: cutting boards. Beautiful, high quality cutting … >More

Listen for Good: A Tool for Continuous Improvement

Culinary arts is just one of UTEC’s social enterprises that will benefit from the Listen for Good initiative. Photo by Teri Bonatti. UTEC is part of an initiative called “Listen for Good,” a project sponsored by the Fund for Shared Insight. This initiative focuses on helping nonprofits get “constituent feedback,” to improve the services we … >More

How Many Ways Can You #chooseUTEC?

Thanks to a local supporter and the generosity of the Splash Media Group, UTEC is now appearing on a Route 3 southbound billboard (near Exit 30). This is just one of the multiple digital panels on display. Many of you have heard of “Black Friday” and perhaps also “Cyber Monday,” but how many of you … >More

UTEC’s TLTW Receives Award for “Committed Advocacy”

2016 Juvenile Justice Leadership Honorees Teens Leading the Way. Front Row: Stephanie Bellapianta, An Tran, Idris Abdullah, Coy Walker, Carline Kirksey, Geoff Foster, director of organizing at UTEC. Back Row: Micah Quinonez, Jeff Alvarez, Melissa Maharaj, Gregg Croteau, executive director at UTEC, Hon. Judge Jay Blitzman, First Justice of Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Charice McMillan, … >More

UTEC Youth Capture Lives in “Six Word Memoirs”

UTEC youth in HiSET classroom. Photo by Adrien Bisson Photography. How would you sum up your life in six words? Not an easy task. But this was the very assignment given to UTEC’s youth recently in one of their HiSET (formerly GED) classes. Jenn Cale, UTEC’s HiSET Social Educator, explained: “We were exploring the power … >More