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Ground Broken on Event Space

June 23, 2021 LOWELL » Construction for UTEC’s outdoor event space broke ground at the agency’s headquarters in downtown Lowell last month, paving the way for the development of land that will be used to host community events, support jobs for young adults and create room for the agency’s child care center. When completed The … >More


UTEC hits meal milestone with 75,000 delivered

April 17, 2021 LOWELL — Durrell Mendes says UTEC saved his life. Now the 25-year-old is helping change lives. Founded in 1999 in response to gang violence in Lowell, UTEC says its mission is to “ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic … >More


Two-Year Anniversary of Mattress Recycling

April 1, 2021, Cambridge Department of Public Works Two years ago, the City of Cambridge partnered with UTEC, a nonprofit organization serving proven-risk young adults, to provide free weekly curbside mattress and box spring recycling services.   Since then, the city has diverted more than 10,000 mattresses from going into the landfill. Instead, these mattresses have been deconstructed and … >More


Madd Love Meals on WCAP

March 29, 2021 Gregg (CEO), Kasey (Cafe UTEC Manager), and Durell (UTEC Young Adult) join WCAP to talk about the Madd Love Meals program.


My Turn: Family Prosperity

February 26, 2021, Greenfield Recorder In this OpEd, UTEC’s Nichelle Sadler discusses how we aim to ensure that fathers’ voices like Jose’s are represented in strategies to improve their lives, and those of their kids. “I hope people who make policies will take a closer look at how strong parents are, and how we can be important … >More


Made with ‘Madd Love’

February 1, 2021 – The Eagle Tribune On a typical day before the pandemic, Chris Austin had plenty on his to-do list as the director of food enterprise for the Lowell-based UTEC organization. The anti-violence group was operating several food-related programs including a cafe, event space and bustling catering business. Once March 2020 arrived, however, … >More


UTEC Leads the Way on Proposed Expungement Legislation

December 9, 2020, Lowell Sun With children of her own to care for and a desire to have a job she would be proud of, Manoushka “ Money” Gaston decided years ago to pursue a career as a certified nursing assistant. The 27- year- old Lowell resident said she worked toward the position and received … >More


Statements on Recently Completed Review by Todd & Weld

Statement from the UTEC Board of Directors As we announced in August, the Board of Directors of UTEC has retained a neutral third party to review claims of racial and gender-based discrimination made about the organization on social media.  The review has been completed and the Board is now providing an update.  As mentioned in … >More


UTEC awarded grant for re-entry programming

October 18, 2020, The Lowell Sun The U. S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs has awarded $ 750,000 in grant funding to UTEC, Inc. to develop programming for young adults re- entering society after incarceration.


Racial Equity Update

In the midst of a justified and long overdue national outcry to address systemic racism, and growing organizing within Lowell, we wanted to make sure you received the latest updates about our own work that we have committed to and have been processing within UTEC. If you haven’t already seen our previous Statements (links below … >More