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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


State hears criminal justice reform advocates

  June 7, 2017 From The Bay State Banner:  A 21-year-old member of UTEC, advocated for the ability to expunge juvenile records. He said his life took a wrong turn seven years ago, when he was arrested on the verge of a fight as a high school freshman. Police arrived before the altercation turned physical, … >More


Criminal justice reform likely in Mass., but how far will it go?

    June 5, 2017 From The Boston Globe: Most everyone agrees that this is the year to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system. But sharp divisions remain over how far the changes should go. Governor Charlie Baker and top lawmakers have said they want to give prisoners more opportunities to earn early release by … >More


DeLeo: Options exist to close budget gap

May 31, 2017 From The Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — With just about two months left until the end of the fiscal year, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said a number of options are under active consideration to reduce a budget deficit that’s approaching a half- billion dollars. DeLeo spoke to The Sun in Lowell Tuesday after touring UTEC, … >More


UTEC Program draws praise from The Boston Foundation

    May 27, 2017 From The Lowell Sun: BOSTON — One municipal official called UTEC’s mattress-recycling program “a godsend.” A facilities manager described it as “tremendous.” A state official called the Lowell organization’s work to prevent youth recidivism while also offering social benefits “incredible.” Members of UTEC traveled to The Boston Foundation on Thursday … >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


A 15-year-old father changed his life so his son could have a better one

  May 15, 2017 From The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley: Through coaching and workforce development, organizations like UTEC Lowell are empowering youth to better their lives and never give up. As a young man, Victor knew he was not making the right choices – hanging out with a bad crowd, getting … >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