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Keeping It Fresh at Café UTEC

The staff at Cafe UTEC. Photo by Adrien Bisson (http://adrienbisson.com/). There are a number of reasons why many Lowellians choose Café UTEC as their favorite lunch spot. Some will mention the friendly staff, others the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, but most people keep coming back, of course, because of the food – fresh, quality food … >More


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


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


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


Lowell’s Take Back the Night: One Woman’s View

After gathering at City Hall, the marchers peacefully walked through Lowell to a rally at UMass Lowell’s University Crossing. My name is Sadyra Martinez and I currently serve at UTEC as the AmeriCorps Social Justice Specialist. In honor of sexual assault awareness month, I had the opportunity to attend my first Take Back the Night (TBTN) … >More


See What Makes Us Tick: UTEC Hosts Social Enterprise Showcase, May 6th

Do you want to tour the world’s oldest green building, pick up a beautiful handmade cutting board, visit a brand new commercial “incubator” kitchen, enjoy scrumptious catering samples, watch a mattress being deconstructed, and meet UTEC’s awesome program participants – all in one visit? Join us this Saturday (May 6th), from noon to 2:00 PM, for all of this … >More


A Day to Celebrate: Lowell Earth Day Parade and Festival

On this Sunday, April 23rd, the City of Lowell will hold its 2017 Lowell Earth Day Parade & Festival. Organized by UMass Lowell and other community partners, activities start at 11:00 am at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center (246 Market Street) and, after a parade through downtown Lowell, will conclude at UTEC (35 … >More


UTEC Holds Annual AmeriCorps Service Day

On March 31st UTEC held its annual AmeriCorps Service Day in Lowell – one small way that we try to ‘give back’ to our community and some of our local partner organizations. “Part of the mission of the AmeriCorps program, of course, is to ‘strengthen communities’ and to engage in ‘team-based community service,’” said Miguel Quinones, UTEC’s AmeriCorps … >More


Mattress Recycling: First Step In the UTEC Journey

The young adults and staff of UTEC currently recycle around 15,000 mattresses a year at the UTEC Mattress Recycling facility in Lawrence. The UTEC Mattress Recycling facility is unlike anything else you’ll find at UTEC. This sprawling warehouse in an industrial section of Lawrence is a far cry from the shiny, contemporary ambiance of Café UTEC. … >More