November 7, 2019

From The Lowell Sun – LOWELL » When UTEC began as the United Teen Equality Center in 1999, it was a safe place where teenagers could go to engage in different activities after school without worry about the gang violence that plagued the city.

Two decades later, its numerous social enterprise and workforce development components are vital pieces of a growing organization that remains committed to the Merrimack Valley. On Wednesday night, roughly 400 people gathered at UTEC’s main program center in downtown Lowell to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary.

Among those honored during the anniversary gala were a group of individuals who helped UTEC get off the ground in 1999, known as “ Club 99.” Among them was JuanCarlos Rivera, who now serves as director of operations for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell.

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