Equipping Youth Organizations and their Partners

Our goal is to equip youth-centered organizations with the tools they need to best serve their community. UTEC’s training institute is a place where community-based violence prevention programs gather, network, learn, grow, and share.

Young people are the reason our programs exist, and their empowerment is at the center of everything we do and everything we teach. An empty chair in training sessions represents the young lives in our community we have committed to know, support, and empower. It is essential that as we invest in professional staff, that we prioritize our work’s impact the young people we serve.

We Believe that Peace is Possible

We are building a professional network of peacemakers and youth workers with the goal to end violence and poverty through positive youth development, restorative justice, and civic engagement. We believe in values-driven culture and wraparound support to see strong outcomes for justice-involved emerging adults.

We believe in making change at all levels, from the individuals we work with to the laws that govern our community. To that end, we believe in equipping organizations to empower the youth to create lasting changes through youth organizing and policy-making.

The goal of UTEC’s training institute is to share these values and train youth workers to amplify their impact in a professional network.

In the News

“One day, I hope to be a Streetworker. The UTEC Streetworkers have always been there for me, and I have a lot of brothers out there who could use some of that positive guidance. I want to learn how to be that for them.”

– Filix, Young Adult from Lawrence, MA

Areas of Expertise

UTEC’s nationally recognized innovative model starts behind the walls of correctional facilities and is intentionally designed for 17-25 year old young people with proven risk factors, primary criminal and gang involvement. All areas of expertise incorporate positive youth development with a racial equity and public health lens.

Street Outreach
Social Needs Assessment & Referrals
Behavioral Health Services
Workforce Development
Youth Organizing & Policymaking
Community Engagement & Mobilization
Circle & Restorative Justice Training

Services Provided

Staff Training

Starting in 2021, various workshops related to the expertise areas listed above will be offered to the general public. Facilitators will often partner with direct service providers and researchers to create an informed, engaging, and collaborative learning environment.

Peer Exchange

A space where learning communities can supports one another to work synergistically with their partners to employ community mobilization strategies and engagement activities and share challenges and success with partners in the field.

Technical Assistance

UTEC’s training institute partners with internal and external experts in their field to provide instruction, skills training, and consulting services

Learning Community

Streetwork and community-based anti-violence work is an essential service in cities with histories of poverty and violence. Get all municipal departments trained on how to collaborate with this critical subset of youthwork, from police and probation to the departments of economic development and public health.


UTEC Training Institute partners with state-wide and national organizations who empower community-based violence prevention and the policies that support their work.