UTEC was founded 25 years ago in Lowell to tackle youth violence and change policies and systems in order to offer young adults opportunities to grow and succeed. Since 1999, UTEC has had an substantial, positive impact in Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill. 

As UTEC transitions to new leadership in 2024 and undergoes a strategic planning process, increased funding is essential to invest in the innovations and infrastructure needed to tackle the stubborn, systemic barriers faced by young adults in our communities today.

The Pillars of our Campaign:




Investing in Human Capital

UTEC’s intensive programming is not possible without the dedication of people with the lived experience, unique skills and expertise required to end violence in our communities.

This will allow us to:

  • Elevate compensation and sustain professional development opportunities.
  • Invest in DEI and racial justice initiatives.
  • Develop clear metrics for success that encourage accountability.

Scaling our Work

UTEC’s Training Center for Excellence effects lasting systemic change through organizing and policy making in partnership with the emerging adults we work alongside.

Our goals are to:

  • Scale our work to reach a national audience.
  • Codifying our successful, innovative approach to youth-led policy and systems change.
  • Share training materials to help other communities and organizations utilize our model to scale our impact.

Planning for the Future

To drive future outcomes we must invest in the innovative programs that advance progress.

We intend to:

  • Analyze community needs and our program model to develop a new Theory of Change.
  • Invest more in our most innovative programming, including our work to develop a continuum of reentry support that begins during incarceration and extends post-release.
  • Expand our Re-entry Team with staff who are highly trained and dedicated to working with those behind the walls.