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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

Big ‘snaps’ to Lowell’s leadership

      March 13, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  It was recently reported that Crime in Lowell fell by 10 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year. In fact, Cheif Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court praised the efforts of local officials for such continued decrease in gang and criminal activity … >More

The Secret to this Social enterprise’s Success Springs from Old Mattresses

    February 24, 2017From 90.0 WBUR:  The drafty riverside warehouse in Lawrence looks like a scene out of the Hans Christian Andersen fable “The Princess and the Pea” — the place is stacked nearly floor to ceiling with mattresses.“There’s, I believe, around 700 mattresses on our floor right now, and we have more coming … >More

Democratic Mass. Senators Lay Out Bevy of Criminal Justice Proposals

February 16, 2017From 90.9 WBUR:  Just days before a long-awaited review of the Massachusetts criminal justice system is set to be released, several Democratic state senators on Thursday detailed their policy proposals for criminal justice reform, which they say will be a major priority this legislative session. Legislative leaders commissioned the Council of State Governments … >More

Bills seek to lift criminal justice age

  February 13, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  BOSTON — Jeff Alvarez remembers how he often got into trouble as a teenager in Lawrence. He spent three months on the streets and later two years in an Essex County lockup. Alvarez, now 23, is a member of Lowell based nonprofit UTEC that helps 13 young adults … >More

Eddie Mercado’s disappearance has left big void at UTEC

    February 7, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — If you’ve hung around UTEC and the youth organizing community in the last decade, you probably know Eddie Mercado. A regular at UTEC on Warren Street, he was a voice for youth involvement in Lowell. “He made voting cool for our young people,” said Gregg … >More

SJC chief justice puts focus on access to judicial system

    February 4, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL- As the nation’s political climate turns frosty towards refugees and immigrants, the states highest judge told officials in Lowell Thursday that he is concerned about ensuring equal access to the judicial system regardless of citizenship. “With each passing day, I concerned about the struggle to make … >More

UTEC seeks Lowell site for mattress-recycling facility

  February 4, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL- The city’s planning office has been working with UTEC for more than a year to find a location for the center to bring a mattress-recycling facility in Lowell, according to a memo to the City Council. UTEC, formerly known by its full name, the United Teen Equality … >More

Still seeking work, in spite of low jobless levels in Mass.

  February 3, 2017From the Boston Globe:  The Massachusetts economy is red hot, with the unemployment rate at its lowest in 16 years. Employers fret that they can’t find enough workers, and help-wanted signs are posted on store windows across the state. But in the training kitchen at Utec Inc. in Lowell, that booming economy, … >More