Commitment to Action

Scaling Social Enterprises as Employment for Proven-Risk Youth

Commitment by

UTEC, Inc.

In 2016, UTEC committed to scaling their program by launching a new commercial kitchen and growing their mattress recycling enterprise to provide an employment slot to every young adult aged 17- 25 who returns from corrections. UTEC works with state prisons and county jails, making weekly visits to the incarcerated youth to support transitional planning and bringing them directly to UTEC for intake and employment upon release. UTEC’s proven employment model offers paid work experience and workforce development through in-house social enterprises: Mattress Recycling, Food Services, and Woodworking. In partnership with Whole Foods and others, UTEC will open a second commercial kitchen focused on food manufacturing. UTEC will also expand mattress recycling services to additional businesses and municipalities in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Through this commitment, UTEC plans to train a total of 210 youth and hire 150 of them to work in UTEC’s social enterprises.

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Commitment

Scaling Social Enterprises as Employment for Proven-Risk Youth

Launched

2016

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$8,000,000

Region

Northern America

Countries

United States

Commitment by

UTEC, Inc.

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Whole Foods Market, Inc., State of Massachusetts