Green Building Grand Opening Event



UTEC’s board, staff and young people thank all 365 guests who joined us on Nov. 13 for our annual dinner and Grand Opening of UTEC’s green building! This regional event supported our mission to help our most disconnected young people trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. The Lowell Sun featured the event on their front page the next morning, with great highlights.

We were honored to host Governor Deval Patrick and members of his cabinet, including the Secretary of Public Safety and Security Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, and Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan, among many others.

In his speech, Governor Patrick shared his respect for UTEC’s young people as inspirations: “Your story is a powerful story... It's a story about hope and perseverance. It’s about not giving up. The fact that you, through your own efforts, with the consistent partnership of UTEC, unwilling to give up on you or let you give up on yourselves - that transformation is its own energy for other people still waiting for their transformations."

We honored several special guests: UTEC youth Cynthia Cortijo and Denise Hardin were recognized with Transformation of the Year Awards; Superintendent of Lowell Police Kenneth Lavallee was the Adult Ally of the Year; and Eastern Bank was our Corporate Partner of the Year. More about our honorees.

The event’s lead Dreamer Sponsors were Nancy and Richard Donahue, longstanding supporters and true champions of Lowell youth. We also recognize our Luminary Sponsors: Meerkat Technology,  TD Bank Affirmative Investments, and Cisco Systems, Inc.   Thank you to both the building campaign sponsors and the Grand Opening event sponsors who made this possible!

Thank you once again to all of our sponsors, guests, and silent auction donors for your contribution to such a meaningful and successful event! Your generosity supports our street outreach, gang peacemaking, alternative education, and workforce development programs, along with the programs evaluation and operations that are essential to our program model’s continued success.

Our new home:

  • Doubles our capacity to serve the most disconnected youth in our communities.
  • Is home to the only youth run café in the area.
  • Will provide rentable space to the Lowell community.
  • Was built in 1839, and is the oldest LEED Platinum certified building in the country!