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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


Criminal justice reform likely in Mass., but how far will it go?

    June 5, 2017 From The Boston Globe: Most everyone agrees that this is the year to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system. But sharp divisions remain over how far the changes should go. Governor Charlie Baker and top lawmakers have said they want to give prisoners more opportunities to earn early release by … >More


DeLeo: Options exist to close budget gap

May 31, 2017 From The Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — With just about two months left until the end of the fiscal year, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said a number of options are under active consideration to reduce a budget deficit that’s approaching a half- billion dollars. DeLeo spoke to The Sun in Lowell Tuesday after touring UTEC, … >More


UTEC Program draws praise from The Boston Foundation

    May 27, 2017 From The Lowell Sun: BOSTON — One municipal official called UTEC’s mattress-recycling program “a godsend.” A facilities manager described it as “tremendous.” A state official called the Lowell organization’s work to prevent youth recidivism while also offering social benefits “incredible.” Members of UTEC traveled to The Boston Foundation on Thursday … >More


A 15-year-old father changed his life so his son could have a better one

  May 15, 2017 From The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley: Through coaching and workforce development, organizations like UTEC Lowell are empowering youth to better their lives and never give up. As a young man, Victor knew he was not making the right choices – hanging out with a bad crowd, getting … >More


Major Windfall for nonprofits

    May 9, 2017 From the Lowell Sun: LOWELL — Local nonprofits Girls Inc. and UTEC will each receive substantial funding every year for the next decade as part of a new grant award, creating a degree of financial stability that will allow them to focus on long-term plans for the community The Lowell … >More


Kronos commits to 3-year grant to assist UTEC

April 4, 2017 From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — Members of the Kronos GiveIn- spired team visited UTEC to present a grant award to UTEC’s young people and staff. Kronos made a three- year commitment to UTEC Mattress Recycling, the social enterprise where all UTEC young adults begin their work experience. “This relationship is about … >More