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UTEC Woodworking is part of UTEC, Inc., a Lowell-based youth services nonprofit organization committed to helping 16-24-year-old proven-risk youth trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.
Like all UTEC workforce development programs, UTEC Woodworking is a social enterprise that offers our young people paid on-the-job training while also increasing UTEC’s fiscal sustainability by generating income. All participants are closely supervised by the program’s manager, a seasoned cabinetmaker whose exacting standards are reflected in all the youth’s final products. To see a brief video on the woodworking program, click here.
Serving Proven-Risk Youth
UTEC social enterprises are a step to socio-economic success by providing employment opportunities for Lowell and Lawrence youth with proven risk factors, such as gang or criminal involvement. UTEC youth who choose to work in the woodworking program gain valuable workplace experience while developing basic design and construction knowledge that can translate into future employment opportunities in the building trades. Participants develop a variety of skills, including woodworking, model making, drawing and sketching, use of a variety of power and hand tools, safety procedures, math, planning, and problem-solving.
UTEC youth create professional-quality wood products for use in homes and businesses. We have partnered with Whole Foods Market to manufacture a variety of wood display units for their stores throughout the Northeast. We also create beautiful handmade cutting boards, which serve as great and lasting gifts. View our entire series of handmade cutting boards and purchase yours now.
Serving the Environment
Our products are made from locally-sourced east coast hardwoods for durability and years of service. Much of our wood supply is generously donated by Keiver-Willard Lumber Corp., which salvages scraps from large jobs at their sawmill. Many of our products, including our series of cutting boards, are made from these scraps, allowing us to divert this material from the waste-stream.
UTEC Woodworking partners with several community-oriented and environmentally-focused local businesses. In particular, we would like to thank Whole Foods Market, Preserve, and Keiver-Willard Lumber Corp. We are grateful for their support. If your business would like to partner with us, please contact us.