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UTEC, founded in 1999 and based in Lowell, was the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence. Social enterprise employment in UTEC Mattress Recycling, UTEC Food Services, and UTEC Woodworking is the cornerstone of UTEC’s staged, long-term approach to serving proven-risk young people. For all youth served, UTEC measures success through three key outcome areas: Reduced Recidivism, Increased Employability, and Increased Educational Attainment. Today, nationally recognized as a model agency, UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of proven-risk youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.

Grant period: 2016-2020