Young people in the Woodworking Social Enterprise are carving out better futures.

They gain valuable work experience while developing a basic design and construction knowledge that can translate into future employment in construction and skilled trades.

Working closely with our program’s skilled woodworkers, our young people develop high-quality products, including cutting boards, salad tongs, and merchandising displays.


UTEC’s mission and promise are to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Today we serve Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA, and are nationally recognized as a model agency serving justice-involved young adults.

UTEC's History

UTEC was founded in 1999 as the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their teen center in response to gang violence in Lowell, MA. We were originally known as “United Teen Equality Center,” but today our name is simply UTEC, Inc. The community knows us as UTEC, and we now serve older youth, ages 17-25.

UTEC is a family. We assume goodness behind everyone’s actions. We show Madd Love, unconditionally accepting each person. We offer everyone a clean slate, never giving up. We carry out respectful curiosity, always seeking out moments to connect. We are sponges, actively seeking feedback. We embody contagious passion in all we do.

UTEC is a catalyst. We think big about what we can achieve. We continually chip away, demonstrating relentlessness in our pursuit of positive change. We plant seeds of peace and cultivate trust. We see beyond the mask, knowing there’s always more beneath the surface. We ignite social justice. And we spark sustainability – for our young people, our enterprises, and our physical environment.

To learn more about UTEC and what they do click here.

Madd Love Market by UTEC

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