UTEC Blog

Furniture Design: UTEC's newest enterprise

This fall, UTEC incorporated a new social enterprise into our workforce development options: furniture design. Alejandra Utrera joined UTEC to teach our young people about furniture design and help them develop their own products. 

Alejandra’s vision for the program is to provide our youth with basic design and construction knowledge that can translate to future employment opportunities in either furniture design or other construction trades. Young people in her crew will learn woodworking, model making, drawing/sketching and problem solving.

UTEC Holiday Gift Baskets: Start something good!

Each UTEC Gift Basket Starts Something Good! 

Made by young people in our Culinary program, our limited-time UTEC Holiday Gift Baskets support our efforts to help young people turn their lives around.

At the same time, you and your gift recipients get a start to some delicious holiday treats. The basket includes one pound of locally roasted Peak Columbian coffee and all the ingredients for three tasty treats: 

Travis is one Tough Mudder. Your part is easy!

Travis Minor
A special message from our supporter Travis Minor:

On November 16 and 17, I'm going to participate in the craziest event I've ever entered, and I'm asking for your help!

What are you doing?

Youth Voter Guide for Lowell's 2013 City Council Candidates

UTEC recently hosted our 10th Anniversary Youth-Led Candidates Forum for Lowell City Council candidates.

We compiled responses from the 15 candidates who attended that night and present them here for the community's reference. These answers are direct quotes from candidates at the October 2013 youth-led city council candidate forum hosted by UTEC.

View the Youth Voter Guide for 2013 Lowell City Council Candidates.

Help Lowell increase voter turnout in this fall's municipal election on TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2013!

 

Peace in Action coming on Friday, May 24!

This year, UTEC will host "Peace in Action" on Friday, May 24th from 3pm to 5pm at UTEC. RSVP to this event on Facebook.

Peace in Action is an annual event that promotes peace and nonviolence in the Lowell community through fun activities and peace pledge. Free event and free food for Lowell's young people!

Join us to sign the Peace Pledge and joint activities that include a cookout, music, dancing, a basketball shootout, an open mic, a dunk tank, frisbee and tie-dyeing. 

Bank of America Teams With UTEC To Do Homeless Outreach

Eight energetic and enthusiastic Bank of America volunteers volunteered their Friday, joining UTEC staff and youth for an afternoon of homeless outreach. The day consisted of assembling and distributing survival packs at tent cities and homeless shelters throughout Lowell. The Bank of America Team was able to assemble of close to 50 survival packs. Each pack consisted of a variety of necessities, ranging from toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, snacks and other basic necessities. UTEC would like to extend a special thanks to Donna Grieb who recruited an amazing Bank of America Team for a wonderful day of outreach.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $15,000 to Workforce Development

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded $15,000 to UTEC’s Workforce Development program – specifically for our culinary arts expansion as we prepare for the Fresh Roots Café opening in 2013. Young people from Workforce Development, along with staff and AmeriCorps members, were honored to accept the award from local Bank of America representatives Donna Grieb and Myroslava Parkhomenko.