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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


UTEC’s Woodworking Program: A Cut Above

Several years ago, UTEC incorporated a new social enterprise into its existing workforce development programs: woodworking and furniture design. Like the other programs, the woodworking program is designed to operate as a mini business within UTEC’s model, with the expectation that, over time, it will help increase UTEC’s fiscal sustainability by generating income, while simultaneously … >More


UTEC Streetworkers: Chipping away (and now hiring)

The 2016 New England Streetworker Conference was held last November at Gillette Stadium, attracting over 150 outreach professionals throughout the region. What does it take to be an effective streetworker (aka outreach worker)? Most of us would imagine it requires things like having a real commitment to young people; strong communication and interpersonal skills;  knowing the … >More


Something Big Is Cooking at UTEC

In the next couple weeks UTEC will officially open its latest enterprise – a large commercial community kitchen designed to serve a variety of community partners and food entrepreneurs in need of a state-of-the-art production kitchen. This brand new facility will offer 5,000 square feet with multiple workstations and a wide array of processing, cooking, … >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