Roca’s Mission is to Disrupt the Cycle of Incarceration and Poverty by Helping Young People Transform Their Lives.

How we do it?


High-Risk Young Men Program

Roca helps young men leave streets and gangs and go to work

High-Risk Young Mothers Program

Roca helps young mothers get out of violence, go to work and care for their children


In Chelsea, coalition aims to save lives on verge of unraveling

July 9, 2017

Nicole Castro was someone who could have slipped through the cracks. Homeless, destitute, and addicted to heroin and other drugs, she…

From: The Boston Globe

Keeping Your Eye on the Long Term in a World of Short-term Pressures

July 3, 2017

Roca was featured alongside Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com as leaders who think about the long term and are committed to taking intelligent risks in order to meet high standards…

From: The Drucker Institute

Non-profit Roca celebrates Somerville’s Detective James Slattery

June 28, 2017

Community law enforcement is always changing — as police develop new techniques and strategies, they’ve found that sometimes the most innovative ways are also the most…

‘Pay-for-success’ proves a boon to social services

June 26, 2017

A group of investors has made a big bet — not on a company, but on a local nonprofit…

From: The Boston Globe



Participant, Young Men’s Program, Springfield


Participant, Young Men’s Program, Chelsea


Participant, Young Mothers’ Program, Chelsea


Youth Worker, Young Men’s Program


Staff, Young Mothers’ Program



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