Spring Appeal: From Young Adult to UTEC Staff

UTEC 2024 Spring Appeal: From Young Adult to UTEC Staff


Lowell Sun: In the 1990s, UTEC Reentry Manager Viengsamay “Paul” Chaleunphong made some bad choices, choices that would land him in deep trouble with the law. At the time, Lowell was in the midst of a war between the Latino and Southeast Asian gangs in the city, and Chaleunphong, as young as he was, found himself deeply involved in that life.

Mass. nearly halved its incarceration rate in 10 years, report finds

BOSTON GLOBE: Massachusetts has nearly halved its incarceration rate over the past decade, progress that researchers of a new report say was fueled by landmark criminal justice reform legislation introduced by the state in 2018.

UTEC Featured in 25th Edition of National Grid Foundation’s Magazine, Destiny

The National Grid Foundation's support allows UTEC to offer Young Adults paid work experience in a variety of Social Enterprises. They gain valuable professional and social-emotional skills while providing valuable services to their communities.

Peacemaking Work to Reduce Gang Violence in Lowell, Lawrence & Haverhill

COMCAST NEWSMAKERS: Listen to CEO Gregg Croteau on Comcast Newsmakers as he talks about UTEC's mission and work, our upcoming 25th anniversary, and the current CEO search.

Embracing Community Violence Intervention in Boston Communities and Nationwide

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BLOG: For decades, communities across the nation have been implementing community violence intervention strategies designed to promote community safety by interrupting patterns of violence in the lives of the highest-risk individuals. Yet too often, CVI programs have not received steady financial support or formal recognition for the important work that they do. To help fill critical resource gaps, the Office of Justice Programs launched the Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative in 2022, which is now supporting local leaders as they scale lifesaving interventions and cement these strategies as essential and enduring components of the public safety infrastructure.

Youth program selling hand-made cutting boards

EAGLE TRIBUNE: One of the newest products offered by UTEC are chopping blocks made of repurposed and reclaimed New England cherry, maples, and walnut and sealed with a natural beeswax and mineral oil.

How a local nonprofit is supporting – and shaping – state and national gun control efforts

WBUR: How a local nonprofit is supporting - and shaping - state and national gun control efforts.

Editorial: UTEC’s reach goes national with D.C. invite

LOWELL SUN: President Joe Biden speaks with UTEC Streetworker Fellow Jose Pizzini outside the White House on Friday. Pizzini, along with UTEC CEO Gregg Croteau were invited to join national leaders as Biden announced a new office on gun violence prevention.

DOJ officials come to Lowell to announce grant funding for community violence intervention

LOWELL SUN: U.S. Assistant Attorney General Amy Solomon spoke at UTEC in Lowell Sept. 28, 2023 as the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs announced more than $90 million in grant funding for violence prevention initiatives, including nearly $5 million dispersed to violence prevention organizations across Massachusetts $900,000 of which will be given to UTEC over the next three years.