Roca’s mission is to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives.

Roca’s job is to help young men and women get off the streets, stay out of jail, get good jobs, and create a better future for themselves. We believe that when we ask high-risk young people to make difficult changes in their own lives – to put down guns, to stop selling drugs, to show up at work on time, and become responsible adults – we too must have the courage to do things differently. We have learned that the only way forward is to focus on what works, to let go of what doesn’t, and to hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards possible.

Criminal Justice Reform

pic-home-logo-innovationsThe Massachusetts Pay for Success Project. In January 2014, Roca and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched the groundbreaking, Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Project, and Roca has been chosen as the primary service provider for the 5-year pilot phase of the program. more

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November 06, 2014

Row-ca and Rowing Strong, Rowing Together

Since 1988, Roca has remained committed to helping the most vulnerable young mothers in our society overcome destructive patterns of unemployment, isolation, domestic violence and family instability. Despite the progress we have made in lowering teen pregnancy rates over the past two decades, our community continues to experience severe levels of poverty among the high-risk young mothers in urban communities.
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At Roca, we are deeply saddened by the shooting death of Kenny Lamour, a young man who was enrolled in our program. Yesterday, when Kenny was killed, he was in Jamaica Plain engaged in snow removal services, working for Roca’s transitional employment program. The alleged assailant, however, is not a Roca participant, nor has he ever been. While Roca does not and cannot comment on the details of this, or any ongoing investigation, we are cooperating fully with the Boston Police Department and other authorities.

Despite this terrible tragedy, Roca remains deeply committed to its mission of disrupting the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives. Roca will continue its work of helping young men reduce their involvement in crime and violence, and continue helping young people learn the skills they need to go to work and become safe, healthy adults.

Today, we carry on this important work with heavy hearts, and with Kenny’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.