UTEC?s mission and promise?is 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 was founded in 1999 as the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own 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.