Recent Press Highlights

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 a … >More


CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE

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 with … >More


More civic engagement benefits all

October 11, 2019 From The Lowell Sun – It’s been almost a year since Gov. Charlie Baker put his signature on “Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement,” which requires the state to strengthen civics education requirements by mandating that American history, social sciences, and civics be taught in public schools. The law also specifies … >More


UTEC teens lead the way to create lasting change through policymaking

October 2, 2019 From The Kresge Foundation – Young adults have the unique expertise and experience that can help us discover the best solutions to our most difficult social problems. For the last 10 years, UTEC, part of The Kresge Foundation Human Services Program’s Next Generation Initiative, has coordinated Teens Leading The Way (TLTW), a … >More


UTEC names a new chief program officer

September 26, 2019 From The Lowell Sun – LOWELL » The United Teen Equality Center, or UTEC, has announced the hiring of Anita Moeller as the program’s new chief program officer. Moeller will begin her new position Monday and will replace interim CPO Nichelle Sadler. Sadler will serve as the organization’s leader for Center for … >More


Kronos-UTEC partnership celebrated

September 21, 2019 From The Lowell Sun – LOWELL » When Kronos Inc. needs to cater an event or hold a team dinner, it calls upon UTEC Inc.’s catering services or brings employees to Café UTEC. The company purchases cutting boards from UTEC’s woodworking to give as corporate gifts, and has provided corporate grants and … >More


UTEC 2Gen on WCAP

September 17, 2019 UTEC CEO Gregg Croteau and Early Childhood Educator Jessica Ondras sit down with 980 WCAP morning show host Ted Panos to discuss UTEC’s multi-generational approach to serving their young adults through its 2Gen Early Childhood Education Center.


20th Anniversary Talk on 980 WCAP

July 15, 2019 From 980 WCAP: UTEC’s Chief Executive Officer Gregg Croteau, Interim Chief Program Officer Nichelle Sadler, and Corporate Relations Manager Morgan Wamsley sit down with morning show host Ted Panos of 980 WCAP to discuss 20 years of saving lives and the upcoming gala.


‘They believe in you when you don’t believe in you’

July 14, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL — On a sunny Wednesday, young adults serve customers at Cafe UTEC on Warren Street. They ring up orders and prepare sandwiches and sides, all of which were made from scratch by their peers. At the adjacent Nancy L. and Richard K. Donahue Hub for Social Innovation, … >More