Roca’s mission is to help disengaged and disenfranchised young people move out of violence and poverty.
Roca means “rock” in Spanish – a rock to lean on, a strength to draw from, a foundation for the future. This is a future where young people have real opportunities to leave the streets, get jobs, and take responsibility for their lives. We know that, given the right tools, these young people can not only survive, but can thrive. Roca demonstrates that very high-risk young people who are often left out of programming can be reengaged in a systematic way and can make positive impacts on both their own lives and their communities.
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The Massachusetts Social Innovation Financing Project. This spring, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance is launching the groundbreaking, first-in-the-nation Social Innovation Financing Project, and Roca has been chosen as the primary service provider for the 5-year pilot phase of the program. more
December 05, 2013What Makes Roca Successful? It’s in the Numbers.
Whenever we talk about helping high-risk young people put down guns, stay out of jail or get jobs, people tend to be interested.
Roca’s work is compelling in part, because we are succeeding at something that is hard to do. Something that for many years others have failed at. Breaking stubborn cycles of poverty, violence and incarceration isn’t easy – and many well-intentioned, hardworking people and organizations have, for years, proposed remedies that have only marginally succeeded.
At Roca, we too spent many years trying to help high-risk young people get their lives on track, with only middling results. Then about seven or eight years ago, we confronted ourselves with two central questions.
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