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.

Raise $15M over 4 years

We can’t do it without your support. Please help us invest in the next 25 years of UTEC!

The Pillars of our Campaign:




Investing in Our Team

UTEC’s intensive programming is only possible with the dedication of people with the lived experience, unique skills, and expertise required to end violence in our communities.

Your support allows us to:

  • Pay living wages and offer professional development opportunities.
  • Invest in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and racial justice initiatives.
  • Develop clear metrics for success.

Effect Change Nationally

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

Your support allows us to:

  • Scale our work to reach a wider national audience.
  • Codify our successful, innovative approach to youth-led policy and systems change.
  • Share training materials to assist other communities and organizations to utilize our model to change lives.

Innovate for the Future

To assure future outcomes we must invest in innovative programs that advance progress and empower individuals to break systematic barriers to success.

Your support allows us to:

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