Archive - 2012


October 25th

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.

October 5th

Reclaim our commUNITY. Stop Shooting.

5 days ago, there was another shooting in Lowell. At least 14 shots were fired. Please join us as we RECLAIM our commUNITY. Stop Shooting.

How does the violence in Lowell affect you? Respond in the comments below.

October 2nd

GUEST POST: What is an AmeriCorps VISTA?

This week's blog post is guest written by the 2012-2013 AmeriCorps VISTAs, Analissa Iversen and Kristen Strater.

Kristen: Since we've started serving at UTEC, we've gotten a lot of questions about VISTAs and what we do. Ana and I are going to answer some of your questions as well as give you the inside scoop on life as an AmeriCorps VISTA!

September 10th

Reclaim Your CommUNITY. Stop Shooting.

Community Response Event: Reclaim Your CommUNITY. Stop Shooting.

When: Tuesday September 11, 2012, 5pm

Where: Meeting in front of Lowell City Hall


July 31st

Governor Patrick Supports Vote17 Movement

There was a letter in our campaign headquarters mailbox this morning. We are happy to have this encouragement from Governor Patrick!

July 17th

Thank you for coming out to UTEC's Peace in Action 2012

On Monday July 2, United Teen Equality Center's Youth Empowerment Corps hosted the annual Peace In Action event at the JFK Plaza in Lowell. Peace In Action is a yearly occurrence that is meant to raise awareness for peace and non-violence in the Lowell community. This year's event was themed as "a day at the beach" and included beach and yard games, a cookout, a staff dunk tank, live music, break dancing, spoken word and a community peace pledge that all of the guests signed. There were over 100 youth in attendance and despite a little bit of rain the day turned out to be a lot of fun. Now it is time to look forward to next year's Peace In Action! Lowell pledges peace!

May 11th

Youth Advocacy Foundation Honors Gregg Croteau and Patricia Puritz

The Youth Advocacy Foundation honored Gregg Croteau, MSW, Executive Director of the United Teen Equality Center, as one of its two distinguished nonprofit leaders this year. Gregg was recognized at the Youth Advocacy Foundation’s spring event on May 3, 2012, along with Patricia Puritz, Executive Director of the National Juvenile Defender Center in Washington, DC.

Nominated by their peers, Gregg and Patricia have both been leaders in advocating for new ways of improving public safety by providing court-involved youth people with skilled advocates and evidence-based programs.

May 8th

UTEC & AmeriCorps Visits Fenway!

The Massachusetts Service Alliance donated a bundle of tickets to the Red Sox game against the Oakland A's to the UTEC AmeriCorps crew. The crew was able to bring a group of young people with them to the game which to some of them was their first Red Sox game ever! It was a great time and we all hope to be able to go back sometime soon!

Check out the photos from the game - Gallery

May 1st

Change of Gears - A 12,000 Mile Bike Trip to Fight Depression

Dan O' Neill of Change of Gears stopped by UTEC in the middle of his 12,000 mile bike ride around the country to share his story of his fight with depression with us. It was a very inspirational talk and we were very please to have him stop by!

Check out photos from the meetup - Gallery

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April 27th

Writer's BLOC & Poetry Slam - Persona Boutique

UTEC's poetry program Writer's Bloc held an open mic and poetry slam to help promote the new program and showcase some of our very talented young people. The open mic and slam were open to youth ages 15 - 23 and turned out to be a great time! We had a great turnout of poets, rappers, vocalists and musicians and gave some awesome prizes away throughout the night!
Special big thanks to Persona Boutique for letting us use their space for the event!

Check out the pictures from the event - Gallery