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A note from Antwon

Whether it was a brief conversation we had, a letter of support to my lawyer, or a thoughtful quote or a picture during the holidays, they reminded me I am not forgotten. Dear Friend of UTEC, Although my current situation isn’t ideal, I wouldn’t be in a position to better myself without the support of … >More

Patriots Foundation Picks UTEC as Community Captain

September 16, 2021 LOWELL — A well-known and respected Lowell nonprofit features prominently in a new initiative created by the New England Patriots Foundation and Bank of America designed to build deeper relationships with the agencies and the populations they serve. The new program is called “Community Captains.” It was launched last week at Gillette … >More

Two-Year Anniversary of Mattress Recycling

April 1, 2021, Cambridge Department of Public Works Two years ago, the City of Cambridge partnered with UTEC, a nonprofit organization serving proven-risk young adults, to provide free weekly curbside mattress and box spring recycling services.   Since then, the city has diverted more than 10,000 mattresses from going into the landfill. Instead, these mattresses have been deconstructed and … >More

Madd Love Meals on WCAP

March 29, 2021 Gregg (CEO), Kasey (Cafe UTEC Manager), and Durell (UTEC Young Adult) join WCAP to talk about the Madd Love Meals program.

My Turn: Family Prosperity

February 26, 2021, Greenfield Recorder In this OpEd, UTEC’s Nichelle Sadler discusses how we aim to ensure that fathers’ voices like Jose’s are represented in strategies to improve their lives, and those of their kids. “I hope people who make policies will take a closer look at how strong parents are, and how we can be important … >More

Made with ‘Madd Love’

February 1, 2021 – The Eagle Tribune On a typical day before the pandemic, Chris Austin had plenty on his to-do list as the director of food enterprise for the Lowell-based UTEC organization. The anti-violence group was operating several food-related programs including a cafe, event space and bustling catering business. Once March 2020 arrived, however, … >More

UTEC Leads the Way on Proposed Expungement Legislation

December 9, 2020, Lowell Sun With children of her own to care for and a desire to have a job she would be proud of, Manoushka “ Money” Gaston decided years ago to pursue a career as a certified nursing assistant. The 27- year- old Lowell resident said she worked toward the position and received … >More

UTEC Board of Directors Statement

For 20 years, UTEC has served many young people of Lowell and, more recently, Lawrence and Haverhill, in trading violence and poverty for social and economic mobility.  The UTEC Board of Directors is proud of the many important accomplishments of UTEC’s leadership team and staff, who have worked hard, innovated, and continuously adapted to meet … >More

UTEC Pushes for Kids to Have Clean Slate

July 18, 2020 “UTEC legislative organizers rejoiced two years ago when the initial law they fought for to allow youthful offenders to petition to expunge their criminal records was passed. However, they quickly realized most of the population UTEC serves would not be eligible, due to the interpretation of the law as restricting eligibility to … >More

Doing antiviolence work in a time of social distancing

April 14, 2020 From The Boston Globe: UTEC — a Lowell nonprofit devoted to giving troubled young people second chances — has seen challenges it never anticipated in the time of coronavirus. But it is adapting. No one had ever seen a peace vigil quite like the one that snaked through Haverhill last Saturday. Instead … >More