Youth Empowerment Corps



Who We Are


Youth Empowerment Corps Members serve full time during their service year at UTEC, located in downtown Lowell, MA. UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell’s most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Members serve UTECs youth directly in various capacities from case management, teaching, coaching, job training, civic engagement, community service and mentoring. YEC Members experience a unique and dynamic opportunity for professional and personal development, and they will cultivate a variety of skills from project planning and management to public speaking, relationship building to time management, and so much more. Corps Members have abundant opportunities to work on individual projects, department tasks, and Corps-wide collaborations throughout their time at UTEC.


Our Impact


During the 2012-2013 service year, 14 Youth Empowerment Corps Members gave more than 25,000 hours of service to the Lowell community. Members collaborated with over ten local organizations including Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell Telecommunications, Mill City Grows, Lowell Boys and Girls Club, and many more. Over 50 volunteers were leveraged to help in both every day projects at UTEC and special events. Members directly impacted over 250 young people, providing them with educational support, civic engagement opportunities, and life skills they need to lead peaceful and empowered lives.


Youth Empowerment Corps in Action


Citizens of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the country, serve as Youth Empowerment Corps Members. To learn about Member experiences, check out the Photo Galleries below:


Interested in Serving?


Great! We are so very excited at your interest. The Youth Empowerment Corps is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to foster meaningful connections with youth and team members, develop useful professional skills, and contribute to a fulfilling and profound mission. Interviews are currently being held for candidates interested in Year 7 of the Youth Empowerment Corps, to begin in August of 2014.


For consideration, please send resume and cover letter to Melany Levesque, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at mlevesque@utec-lowell.orgPlease note that the deadline for consideration is May 1st, 2014. Additional information about AmeriCorps can be found at: No phone calls, please.


Benefits of Service Include:


-Annual living stipend of $12,100 (pre-taxes; paid bi-weekly)

-Free health coverage

-Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 upon completion of all service requirements (for more information, please visit

-Student loan forbearance for qualified loans during service year

-Childcare assistance if eligible

-Personal and Professional Development throughout the service year

-An unparalleled opportunity to establish and cultivate meaningful relationships with Lowell’s young people in a fun and vibrant work setting like none other




*NEW* AmeriCorps VISTA openings!


UTEC also has AmeriCorps VISTA positions! VISTAs focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic develop, and otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers.

View Job Descriptions here!

Development Assistant
Social Enterprise Development Assistant



The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) will not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic or class which is now or may in the future become protected by law. There will be no discrimination towards any individuals we are in contact with on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, ability, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation. In pursuit of its goal of youth development, UTEC seeks to develop and nurture its diversity. UTEC believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches the life of our center. UTEC will make reasonable accommodations, when requested, for any and all individuals with a permanent or temporary disability.

More Info:

Melany Levesque
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
(978) 856-3936