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Superstar Foundation Announce Honorees of the Veronica Awards

The Superstar Foundation, established by Steve Butz in 2007,  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and recognizing top performing human service professionals. Steve Butz created The Veronica Award to honor his memory of his mother, Veronica Butz, who always recognized human service professionals for their diligent work.  Each year in December, four fantastic human service … >More


Superstar Foundation Annouce Honorees of the Veronica Awards

The Superstar Foundation, established by Steve Butz in 2007,  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and recognizing top performing human service professionals. Steve Butz created The Veronica Award to honor his memory of his mother, Veronica Butz, who always recognized human service professionals for their diligent work.  Each year in December, four fantastic human service … >More


Your Gift Can Break Barriers

From the Streets to the Statehouse. Jefferson had a troubling high school experience until he was sent to court for misdemeanors. “I kept getting into fights, and I kept getting arrested. Soon I was expelled and committed to a juvenile residential program, where I started meeting other people just like me.” That’s where Jefferson met UTEC’s … >More


Shop and chop UTEC Cutting Boards – great holiday gifts.

A gift that carves out a better future. Handmade cutting boards are created by young adults in the UTEC Woodworking social enterprise from 100% reclaimed east coast hardwoods. When you choose a UTEC cutting board, you support our social enterprise and our mission. Your cutting board is a beautiful, high-quality gift for a loved one or colleague. And your purchase breaks barriers for … >More


Generosity, Kindness, and Community – A Global Day of Giving.

The contra to the widely-recognized shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday began as a way to combat consumerism.  It’s a day when the world comes together to celebrate philanthropy and social good. A day to remind us to give back. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, spreading the potential of social … >More


Middlesex Sheriff joins forces with UTEC to assist young offenders

From the Lowell Sun: It’s no secret that many young adult offenders find themselves in a vicious cycle. After getting released from jail, there’s a decent chance they’ll re-offend within three years. Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian admits jails must change how they serve this population. As a result, the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction plans … >More


AmeriCorps Members Celebrate Service on Opening Day

AmeriCorps members sworn in to serve as youthworkers at UTEC. Each year on AmeriCorps Opening Day, new and returning AmeriCorps members across the country get officially sworn in to their year of national service. On November 3rd, nearly a thousand AmeriCorps members from across Massachusetts gathered at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury to celebrate … >More


Youth advocates rally for Expungement at the State House

Young people with misdemeanors often have a difficult time finding stable jobs or pursuing higher education because of the ‘stain’ on their criminal records. Just last week, the MA Senate passed a criminal justice bill which includes juvenile expungement.  On Tuesday morning Oct. 31, UTEC and the statewide coalition Teens Leading the Way (TLTW) hosted a lobby … >More


UTEC Hosts Spirited City Council Candidate Forum

Once again, UTEC hosted its City Council Candidate Forum for all candidates appearing on the November 7th ballot in Lowell. This forum, as with the past eight candidate forums UTEC has hosted over the years, was run entirely by UTEC’s young people and covered a variety of issues important to our young adults. UTEC partnered … >More


Food for Thought: UTEC Launches Advanced Culinary Class

UTEC young people learn about the finer points of food from experts in the field. Can you tell the difference between parsley and cilantro? Unless you’ve worked with these specific herbs, you may not know how to tell the difference. In order to advance the knowledge and skills of the young people in our Food … >More