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Bank of America Invests in Economic Mobility

Bank of America’s Adrienne Chistolini recently paid a visit to UTEC’s Woodshop program, much to the delight of some of our young adults. Our Workforce Development and Social Enterprise model is  key to the long-term success of our young adults. UTEC’s growing social enterprises offer our young people opportunities to learn industry-specific skills as well … >More


How Do You Create the World’s Oldest LEED Platinum Building?

UTEC’s historic building in downtown Lowell How do you take an old historic building, add a major addition to it, turn the whole thing into a highly energy efficient and sustainable structure, all while maintaining a strong historic preservation component? Let’s just say it takes teamwork and time. In the latest edition of The Alliance Review, … >More


Haverhill Mayor Announces Gang Violence Task Force, Visits UTEC in Lowell

From the Merrimack Valley Magazine: Mayor James J. Fiorentini will stress alternative ideas and strategies for addressing gang activity at the inaugural meeting of his Gang Violence Task Force. Fiorentini recently visited the nationally-acclaimed UTEC youth program in Lowell, and plans to take steps to bring a similar model to Haverhill. UTEC offers jobs and … >More


Leeno’s Work Is a Cut Above

Whole Foods Westford Store Team Leader Todd Johnson (at left) was thrilled with Leeno’s new cutting boards. See photos below of Leeno hard at work. The request came out of the blue. Several weeks ago, long-term partner Whole Foods Market Westford contacted UTEC Woodworking, one of our social enterprises, with an urgent request. They needed two extra-large (48’ … >More


UTEC’s Teambuilding Week a Great Success!

Staff engage in one of the many teambuilding exercises during the full and hectic week. Not many organizations devote an entire week to teambuilding. But here at UTEC, given the nature of our work and the many facets of our integrated programming, a full week of teambuilding is essential to our culture and values. Every … >More


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