From the Streets to the Statehouse.
Jefferson had a troubling high school experience until he was sent to court for misdemeanors. “I kept getting into fights, and I kept getting arrested. Soon I was expelled and committed to a juvenile residential program, where I started meeting other people just like me.”
That’s where Jefferson met UTEC’s Streetworkers. They visit juvenile residential programs, county jails, and state prisons so outreach can happen on the streets and behind the walls.
After receiving help and figuring out how to redefine his future, Jefferson began working in both Café UTEC and the Woodworking enterprise, while also working toward his GED through UTEC’s integrated education program.
“I’m 21 now. I’m not who I was when I was 16. Now I’m full of madd love!”
UTEC Streetworkers reach young people like Jefferson, who are often seen as unreachable by other programs – and who sometimes even see themselves as lost causes. Like you, we never give up on a young person. And today, Jefferson and UTEC ask you to invest in young adult justice.
“I’m asking you to help me get to a better future than the one I was headed towards.”
Your gift to UTEC gives all of us this opportunity – the opportunity to build a better life, for ourselves and our communities.
Source: Lowell Sun