Member Profile: United Teen Equity Center (UTEC)
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.
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.
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