UTEC streetworker honored as ‘savior’ for at-risk teens

Mao Kang knows. That youth falling into the vicious cycle of drug addiction. He knows.That youth surfing from couch-to-couch, wandering from home- less camp-to-camp.

He knows. He was addicted to drugs, homeless and couldn’t escape the clutch of gangs. But eventually, he found the right track and arrived at UTEC.

Today, people tell Kang that he’s their savior. “‘Hey Mao, remember that day three years ago you saved me?’ ” Kang recalled of a past conversation. “I’ll tell them, ‘You did it. It was you.’

“I won’t judge because I was there one time,” Kang added. For his efforts as a streetworker at UTEC, Kang was recognized during a ceremony with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday at the West End House Boys & Girls Club in Allston.