Member Profile: United Teen Equity Center (UTEC)

Model Member
Lowell, MA

Based in Lowell, Massachusetts, UTEC is a CK Model member and has been involved in the network since 2013. Their social enterprise cafe, "Cafe UTEC", is a hub of activity most days and uses creativity to engage new customers and the community.

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Established: 1999
Mission: UTEC's mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of proven-risk youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. We serve young people from both Lowell and Lawrence, MA. 
Trainee Population: Opportunity Youth

As part of our larger Workforce Development Program, we operate a set of culinary enterprises that employ the youth in our program – proven-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24, who are either gang-involved, court involved or single parents.

Social Enterprises: Café, Catering

We currently operate a café which is open to the public and a catering business. Next year we will come on line with a prepared-foods business in a second commercial kitchen that we are currently building.


"At  UTEC we always believe in a clean slate, and we assume goodness in everyone."  

– Samuel Putnam, Culinary Innovator, UTEC