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Democratic Mass. Senators Lay Out Bevy of Criminal Justice Proposals

February 16, 2017From 90.9 WBUR:  Just days before a long-awaited review of the Massachusetts criminal justice system is set to be released, several Democratic state senators on Thursday detailed their policy proposals for criminal justice reform, which they say will be a major priority this legislative session. Legislative leaders commissioned the Council of State Governments … >More


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


Bills seek to lift criminal justice age

  February 13, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  BOSTON — Jeff Alvarez remembers how he often got into trouble as a teenager in Lawrence. He spent three months on the streets and later two years in an Essex County lockup. Alvarez, now 23, is a member of Lowell based nonprofit UTEC that helps 13 young adults … >More


Eddie Mercado’s disappearance has left big void at UTEC

    February 7, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — If you’ve hung around UTEC and the youth organizing community in the last decade, you probably know Eddie Mercado. A regular at UTEC on Warren Street, he was a voice for youth involvement in Lowell. “He made voting cool for our young people,” said Gregg … >More


SJC chief justice puts focus on access to judicial system

    February 4, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL- As the nation’s political climate turns frosty towards refugees and immigrants, the states highest judge told officials in Lowell Thursday that he is concerned about ensuring equal access to the judicial system regardless of citizenship. “With each passing day, I concerned about the struggle to make … >More


UTEC seeks Lowell site for mattress-recycling facility

  February 4, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL- The city’s planning office has been working with UTEC for more than a year to find a location for the center to bring a mattress-recycling facility in Lowell, according to a memo to the City Council. UTEC, formerly known by its full name, the United Teen Equality … >More


Still seeking work, in spite of low jobless levels in Mass.

  February 3, 2017From the Boston Globe:  The Massachusetts economy is red hot, with the unemployment rate at its lowest in 16 years. Employers fret that they can’t find enough workers, and help-wanted signs are posted on store windows across the state. But in the training kitchen at Utec Inc. in Lowell, that booming economy, … >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