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Announcing UTEC’s Official Legislative Policy Platform

UTEC is committed to ending violence and poverty, and that requires improving policies in addition to helping individual young adults redefine their futures. Our statewide policymaking process works toward both. Our young people continue to organize youth-led campaigns with partners across the Commonwealth while at the same time working to develop UTEC’s official Policy Platform … >More


Looking Under the Covers at UTEC Mattress Recycling

People who are familiar with UTEC’s mattress recycling social enterprise think of our warehouse where teams of young adults stack, shred, and move hundreds of mattresses every day. While the warehouse is at the heart of the UTEC recycling program, there’s more to it than meets the eye. UTEC does curbside pickups and container pickups … >More


House Speaker DeLeo Visits UTEC

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (second from right) meets with UTEC staff. Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo made a special trip to Lowell on May 30, 2017 to visit UTEC. Speaker DeLeo is known for his leadership of innovation economy efforts. He has also been a voice in policy improvements to support … >More


Keeping It Fresh at Café UTEC

The staff at Cafe UTEC. Photo by Adrien Bisson (http://adrienbisson.com/). There are a number of reasons why many Lowellians choose Café UTEC as their favorite lunch spot. Some will mention the friendly staff, others the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, but most people keep coming back, of course, because of the food – fresh, quality food … >More


UTEC Youth Provides Moving Testimony for Expungement Bill

Jefferson Alvarez. Photo by Jill Goldman Photography. On June 5th, youth organizers from across Massachusetts converged on the State House in Boston for a public hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The organizers have been working for years to pass a law that would allow for the expungement of juvenile records. Below is … >More


UTEC and AmeriCorps: The Making of a Great Marriage

It’s hard to imagine a better place than UTEC for any AmeriCorps member looking to do engaging youth development work. For the past 10 years, UTEC, every August, has brought on a new team of AmeriCorps members who, after intensive orientation and training, then devote their service year working directly with our young adults in … >More


Great Ways to Check out UTEC this Week

At UTEC we are always interested in finding opportunities to meet and connect with new people here in the City of Lowell and beyond. Here are several such opportunities happening this week. We hope you can join us for one (or all) of them! 1. EAT for a Cause. This Thursday (May 18th) you are invited … >More


UTEC Awarded for “Best Building Programming”

UTEC’s plaque at 35 Warren Street. UTEC’s LEED Platinum building (at 35 Warren Street) has been selected by Preservation Massachusetts as one of their 29th Annual Tsongas Award recipients. Awarded for “Best Building Programming,” UTEC is one of 22 award recipients from across the state demonstrating the award theme, The Power of Preservation, and were selected earlier this year through … >More


Lowell’s Take Back the Night: One Woman’s View

After gathering at City Hall, the marchers peacefully walked through Lowell to a rally at UMass Lowell’s University Crossing. My name is Sadyra Martinez and I currently serve at UTEC as the AmeriCorps Social Justice Specialist. In honor of sexual assault awareness month, I had the opportunity to attend my first Take Back the Night (TBTN) … >More