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The evolving role of street workers in youth violence prevention

January 29, 2020 Presented by The Gateway Cities Innovation Institute – UTEC’s Geoff Foster, Nichelle Sadler, and Leslie Rivera talk about the role of street workers in public health focused youth violence prevention efforts and share their experiences. Through more funding, they are able to provide organized services to underserved youth. UTEC has also been … >More

Empowering teens would help overcome voter apathy

  January 22, 2020 From The Lowell Sun: State lawmakers will have the opportunity to review two bills that have the potential to revive interest in local politics and drive voter turnout. Both measures would allow teens as young as 16 to vote in municipal elections. They were scheduled for public hearings before the Joint … >More

Next Generation Takes Spotlight at MLK Day Event

January 21, 2020 From The Lowell Sun: Onlookers in a zigzagging line held hands and linked arms, echoing a popular image of the civil rights era. In front of the crowd, the University of Massachusetts Lowell Gospel Choir and former event organizer Lura Smith sang. “We walk hand-in-hand,” they sang. “ I really do believe … >More

Legislators look to let cities and towns lower voting age

    January 20, 2020 From the Boston Herald – Lawmakers are mulling multiple bills that would let cities and towns allow teens as young as 16 to vote in local elections, a move critics are calling “frivolous” and “absurd.” Two bills that would allow “every citizen 16 or 17 years of age, who is … >More

If the economy is booming, why is charitable giving in trouble?

  December 23, 2019 From The Boston Globe: Philanthropy is in trouble. Giving USA reported a decline in giving by individuals in 2018, likely driven by changes in the tax code to dramatically reduce the number of itemizers who benefit from the charitable deduction. An end of year drop in the stock market that year … >More

Woodworking program expanding into new home

  December 20, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL – When UTEC member Felix Nieves entered the vacant building at 70- 80 Church St. Wednesday afternoon, his eyes opened wide with excitement. Nieves, 22, immediately recognized the potential of the 28,500- square- foot space when he got his sneak peek. It has room for more machinery, … >More

Can Friendship Keep At-Risk Youth Off the Streets?

      November 25, 2019 From Freethink: Carlos remembers the first time he got in trouble with the police. He had just finished watching a movie, and when he came out of the theatre, he spotted a purse in a car. “For some reason, I wanted it, so I went and got something and … >More

Numbers show UTEC works

    November 8, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: Like an infant taking those first baby steps, the United Teen Equality Center began in 1999 as a place where young people could gather without worrying about the pervasive gang violence in many Lowell neighborhoods. There were some growing pains along the way, which included convincing … >More


    November 7, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL – When UTEC began as the United Teen Equality Center in 1999, it was a safe place where teenagers could go to engage in different activities after school without worry about the gang violence that plagued the city. Two decades later, its numerous social enterprise and … >More

The Challenge of Nonprofit Leadership

    October 31, 2019 From The Center for Effective Philanthropy: Kennedy University’s 2019 Philanthropy Summit in Pleasant Hill, California on October 28, 2019. I have spent the last six months talking mostly to donors about my book, Giving Done Right. But here, I want to address you, nonprofit leaders. And I want to start … >More