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 2014-2015 service year, 18 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. Recruitment has begun for candidates interested in Year 9 of the Youth Empowerment Corps, to begin in August 2016. More about current positions.


For consideration, please send resume and cover letter to Miguel Quinones, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at Additional information about AmeriCorps can be found at: No phone calls, please.


Benefits of Service Include:


-Annual living stipend of $14,000 (pre-taxes; paid bi-weekly)

-Free health coverage

-Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,730 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


AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunities
VISTA members serve in capacity-building roles for a 12-month period. VISTAs have served in UTEC's development, evaluation, marketing, and social enterprise teams. 



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:

Miguel Quinones, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
(978) 856-3936 |