From the Merrimack Valley Magazine: Mayor James J. Fiorentini will stress alternative ideas and strategies for addressing gang activity at the inaugural meeting of his Gang Violence Task Force. Fiorentini recently visited the nationally-acclaimed UTEC youth program in Lowell, and plans to take steps to bring a similar model to Haverhill.

UTEC offers jobs and educational opportunities to disconnected youth and those formerly incarcerated. The organization’s “streetworkers” team provides gang peacemaking and intensive outreach in inner city neighborhoods. Program participants work an average of two years, often after getting out of jail, at UTEC’s onsite café, catering restaurant, furniture-making shop or recycling facility in Lawrence.

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