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Strategic Grant Partners invest $1 million in UTEC!

Lowell, MA – The Boston-based foundation and pro-bono consulting firm Strategic Grant Partners has committed more than $1 million to Lowell’s United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) over the next three years. The mission of Strategic Grant Partners (SGP) is to “partner with outstanding leaders with game-changing ideas that improve the lives of struggling individuals and families.”

“We believe in Gregg Croteau and the leadership team at UTEC.  It is our pleasure to be their partner and to support their work,” said Sally Sharp Lehman, Portfolio Manager at SGP.

Furniture Design: UTEC's newest enterprise

UTEC incorporated a new social enterprise into our workforce development options: woodworking and furniture design. Our 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 the 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.