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Baker Signs Civics Education Reform

November 8, 2018 From 90.9 WBUR:  Standing in Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Thursday afternoon, Stephanie Bellapianta, a college student and member of the group Teens Leading the Way, watched as civics education measures she’d been advocating for over the past seven years officially became state law.“It felt great,” Bellapianta said over the phone later in … >More

Madd Love Market in Bold Types – Boston Globe

October 30, 2018 From The Boston Globe: Catching supermarket shoppers’ attention can be a tricky task. And the folks who run UTEC knew that the name of the Lowell center for young adults returning from jail might be a tough sell at your local Whole Foods. So they worked with Boston ad agency CTP to … >More

1st Middlesex candidates get quizzed by UTEC

August 27, 2018 From The Lowell Sun:  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. … >More

Slam dunk both ways as Kronos, UTEC hit the court

July 15, 2018 From The Lowell Sun News: CHELMSFORD — Kronos employees and interns may have won the first Kronos- UTEC basketball game, but UTEC’s young adult clients walked away the true winners. Following the Wednesday afternoon game, Sarah Sheehy, Kronos’ director of strategic sourcing and chair of the GiveInspired Committee, surprised UTEC with a … >More

Middlesex Sheriff joins forces with UTEC to assist young offenders

  November 23, 2017 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 … >More

In Billerica, a cell block for young men holds promise

November 22, 2017 From the Boston Globe: From The Boston Globe: Early next year, one of the most important criminal justice reform experiments in the country will spread to a stately brick jailhouse in Billerica. The Middlesex Jail and House of Correction will become one of the first in the nation to create a dedicated, … >More

Haverhill Mayor Announces Gang Violence Task Force, Visits UTEC in Lowell

  September 17, 2017 From the Merrimack Valley Magazine: Mayor James J. Fiorentini will stress alternative ideas and strategies for addressing gang activity at the inaugural meeting of his Gang Violence Task Force. Fiorentini recently visited the nationally-acclaimed UTEC youth program in Lowell, and plans to take steps to bring a similar model to Haverhill. … >More

UTEC re-entry grant to give troubled kids a second chance

  June 27, 2017 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL — Jamel Bonilla was just 17 when he faced three felony charges. After dabbling in drugs, getting involved in gang activity and being incarcerated, Bonilla finally decided to go to UTEC. The mother of his daughter also went to UTEC, which helped her earn her GED. … >More

Recycling E-Waste with Workers Looking for a Second Chance

June 22, 2019 From Waste 360: Indiana-based RecycleForce is taking e-waste from businesses, governments and some residents and processing them using the labor of former prisoners reentering the workforce. About 350 to 380 come through annually for four- to six-month employment stints. “That is a big a part of our job, to produce a workforce,” … >More

State hears criminal justice reform advocates

  June 7, 2017 From The Bay State Banner:  A 21-year-old member of UTEC, advocated for the ability to expunge juvenile records. He said his life took a wrong turn seven years ago, when he was arrested on the verge of a fight as a high school freshman. Police arrived before the altercation turned physical, … >More