Recent Press Highlights

In Haverhill Monday, Gov. Baker Gets Close Up View of Anti-Gang Violence Effort

From 97.9 WHAV: Gov. Charlie Baker joined local and state officials this morning to receive a progress report on UTEC’s anti-gang violence program that was spurred by the shooting death of a 20-year-old almost a year ago. The meeting, taking place about a month before UTEC’s formal open-ing at 241 Winter St., Haverhill, pro-vided insight … >More

In the Merrimack Valley, A Vital Experiment in Criminal Justice Reform

From The Boston Globe: In a handful of courthouses in the Merrimack Valley, an important experiment in criminal justice reform is underway. Court officials are partnering with UTEC, a Lowell organization that works with some of the toughest young men in the region, to reimagine probation — that critical way station between freedom and imprisonment. … >More

New England Patriots Donate $75K to UTEC for Merrimack Valley Outreach Efforts

From WHAV: Haverhill is among the communities poised to benefit from a $75,000 donation from the New England Patriots to Merrimack Valley-based youth outreach group UTEC. Issued last week, the donation is the first of its kind from the Patriots Social Justice Fund. CEO Gregg Croteau and Policy Director Geoff Foster headed to Foxborough to … >More

Patriots Go Deep For UTEC

From The Lowell Sun: UTEC members and staff went to Gillette Stadium Monday to give a presentation to the New England Patriots about their mission, and left as the first recipients of the new Patriots Social Justice Fund. Players Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater surprised the organization with a $75,000 grant, the first award made … >More

Northshore Magazine: Life-Changing Eatery

“Café UTEC on Warren Street isn’t just a place for a passersby to walk in, glimpse the trendy chalkboard-scribed menu, and grab a banh mi or a quinoa salad on their lunch break. It’s an eatery manned by young adults in the midst of profound personal change.” Read the full feature from Northshore Magazine (Nov. … >More

National groups highlight Massachusetts’ success reducing recidivism

National organizations focused on reforming criminal justice systems have highlighted Massachusetts as a top state in the country in significantly reducing the rate of people returning to prison. “Massachusetts has been a leader in this, really taking advantage of a groundswell across the nation of general support for good reentry(programing),”said Nicole Jarett, director of the National Reentry … >More