Blog at Lowell Sun

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


UTEC Family Marks End of Year with Festive Holiday Party

Last Thursday, UTEC’s main hall offered a sight that would have warmed even the heart of The Grinch himself. Bedecked with holiday streamers, lights, colorful gifts, tasty treats, and a large holiday tree, the hall was filled with UTEC youth and staff, along with many of their young children, all happily gathered for UTEC’s annual holiday … >More


Concord Cheese Shop Believes in Quality Workmanship and Helping Youth

Peter Lovis, owner of the Concord Cheese Shop and long-time supporter of UTEC. By Caroline Burlingham Ellis Peter Lovis, owner of the beloved Concord Cheese Shop, is offering high-quality cutting boards handcrafted by youth who have chosen to turn their lives around. The young people are members of UTEC, a Lowell-based youth development nonprofit agency. … >More


UTEC Staff Videos Offer New Ways to #chooseUTEC

Kodi and culinary crew working their pipes. As part of the year-end giving season, UTEC staff members have created brief videos with our young people in an effort to capture, in a simple, personal and immediate fashion, what their relationship means and how it fits into the greater context of the ‘UTEC family.’ The results of this … >More


Key Partners Help UTEC Carve Out a Better Future

UTEC cutting boards are now available for sale at many sites, including Cafe UTEC. While it may not be mistaken for Santa’s Workshop, UTEC’s Woodworking social enterprise program right now is just as busy as any real (or imagined) workshop. And the reason for all this activity is simple: cutting boards. Beautiful, high quality cutting … >More


Listen for Good: A Tool for Continuous Improvement

Culinary arts is just one of UTEC’s social enterprises that will benefit from the Listen for Good initiative. Photo by Teri Bonatti. UTEC is part of an initiative called “Listen for Good,” a project sponsored by the Fund for Shared Insight. This initiative focuses on helping nonprofits get “constituent feedback,” to improve the services we … >More


How Many Ways Can You #chooseUTEC?

Thanks to a local supporter and the generosity of the Splash Media Group, UTEC is now appearing on a Route 3 southbound billboard (near Exit 30). This is just one of the multiple digital panels on display. Many of you have heard of “Black Friday” and perhaps also “Cyber Monday,” but how many of you … >More


UTEC’s TLTW Receives Award for “Committed Advocacy”

2016 Juvenile Justice Leadership Honorees Teens Leading the Way. Front Row: Stephanie Bellapianta, An Tran, Idris Abdullah, Coy Walker, Carline Kirksey, Geoff Foster, director of organizing at UTEC. Back Row: Micah Quinonez, Jeff Alvarez, Melissa Maharaj, Gregg Croteau, executive director at UTEC, Hon. Judge Jay Blitzman, First Justice of Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Charice McMillan, … >More


UTEC Youth Capture Lives in “Six Word Memoirs”

UTEC youth in HiSET classroom. Photo by Adrien Bisson Photography. How would you sum up your life in six words? Not an easy task. But this was the very assignment given to UTEC’s youth recently in one of their HiSET (formerly GED) classes. Jenn Cale, UTEC’s HiSET Social Educator, explained: “We were exploring the power … >More


UTEC Model Reduces Recidivism

At UTEC we realize that any serious claims of success have to be backed up with data, hard and objective data collected over time. So, at UTEC we make a point to carefully and consistently measure the “social and economic success” of our mission in three critical areas for our proven-risk young people: Reduced recidivism Increased … >More