Blog at Lowell Sun

1st Middlesex candidates get quizzed by UTEC

From the Sun News: UTEC, for years, could rely on an advocate in the State Senate: Eileen Donoghue. But with her departure from the Statehouse — she’s now the Lowell city manager — UTEC officials wanted to learn about the six candidates vying to succeed her in the 1st Middlesex Senate District. The five Democrats and … >More


UTEC’s First Congressional Forum!

On August 15th, UTEC held its first congressional candidate forum led by young adult members. The forum addressed topics chosen by young people with issues ranging from poverty and youth violence to mental health and re-entry.  UTEC’s young adult hosts, David, Duke, Flex and Jefferson, spent weeks planning for the forum, drafting questions and deciding … >More


USDA Administrator visits UTEC’s “innovative program”

A federal official visited Massachusetts to see innovative workforce development programs for people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. UTEC welcomed Brandon Lipps, the Acting Deputy Undersecretary for the USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, and other USDA visitors. Jeff McCue, Commissioner of the MA Department of Transitional Assistance, visited UTEC and others sites … >More


Celebrating Youth Justice at the Statehouse!

On July 12th, more than 150 advocates, organizers, and legislators celebrated the passage of many young adult justice reforms. The celebration was all about celebrating youth voices, coalition work, and how the House and Senate together championed many great young adult justice reforms, including expungement! We were honored to have House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Incoming Senate … >More


Be Safe, Be Neat, Be Kind: Lessons from 2Gen Graduation

Graduation season was in full swing as the 2Gen Center hosted UTEC’s first ever preschool graduation during House Meal. Children, parents, AmeriCorps members, and staff celebrated the soon-to-be kindergartners on their next step in their learning journey and reminisced about classroom memories through photos. Since the 2Gen Center @ UTEC opened last fall, our teachers … >More


Community Conversation: “What are you fighting for?”

Gun violence, including gang-related gun violence, is unfortunately growing in America. Bullets don’t have names on them, yet they claim lives year after year. How do we reclaim our communities that are flooded with gun and gang violence? On June 13th, young adults, along with UTEC staff and AmeriCorps members, congregated inside Cafe UTEC to … >More


2Gen Visits Boston Children’s Museum

Parents and children of the 2Gen Center @ UTEC recently came together on a trip to Boston Children’s Museum. While preparing to load into the van, everyone shared artworks including a series of crayon self-portraits and painted stick sculptures. The group rode over to Boston, each talking about what they most looked forward to at … >More


Exploring Young Adult Justice in Germany

UTEC’s CEO Gregg Croteau was among a group of state leaders to travel to Germany to study their criminal justice system for young adults as part of a 20-member delegation of state leaders. The educational trip was organized by Columbia Justice Lab‘s Emerging Adult Project, led by Lael Chester and Vinny Schiraldi, and funded through … >More


Snaps To Our Photographers!

At UTEC, we are surrounded by images that represent our values and actions. We use photos to express outcomes and impact that can’t easily be expressed through words. Without photos, we wouldn’t be able to convey our important message to you. We’d like to thank our photographers for going above and beyond by capturing our memories … >More


Visit us during Doors Open Lowell

Between May 3 – 5, Doors Open Lowell will host their 17th annual event during National Preservation Month to celebrate Lowell’s architectural heritage, urban living, and culture that makes the community a creative and exciting place to live, work, and visit. We invite you to visit our historic, LEED Platinum-certified green building for guided tours as part of … >More