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Mission Statement: 

About UTEC - UTEC's mission is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell's most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC’s nationally recognized model begins with intensive street outreach and gang peacemaking, reaching out to the most disconnected youth by meeting them “where they’re at.” UTEC engages youth in workforce development and alternative education. Social justice and civic engagement are embedded in all programming, with special emphasis in our youth-led grassroots organizing, locally and statewide.

Workforce Development Methodology - The Workforce Development and Social Enterprise program provides youth most in need the opportunity to gain valuable job skills and real earnings to help them pursue positive life choices. Through the management of small, profit generating social enterprises, we are able to reduce the cost of our programming while simultaneously providing invaluable on-the-job training to our teens.   

Social Enterprise Services - Catering, Wholesale Baking, General Maintenance, Painting, Construction

Job Placement Opportunities - UTEC’s Subsidized Job Placement Program provides an invaluable resource to local employers by rigorously recruiting, training, and trialing participants. Graduates of our intensive Workforce Training Program are prepared to excel in the workforce and having proven their reliability by earning national certificates, passing performance standards and showing up for multiple months without absence by the point of graduation.  We are so confident that once a young person has been given the opportunity to prove themselves to an employer, we are willing to subsidize a trial period by paying 50% of employees wages for the first two months of placement.  This program comes with no strings attached for the employer for long-term commitment, further taking the risk out of hiring our graduates. 


Contact info -

Derek Mitchell, Director of Workforce Development and Social Enterprise

Member Reference: 
Derek Mitchell