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


18-year-olds can barely rent cars. Are they old enough for jail?

November 2, 2017

In February of 2012, just a few months after his 18th birthday, Daniel Almodovar got high and, with his stepbrother, made a terrible decision: The two of them attempted a…

From: The Boston Globe

OP-ED by Molly Baldwin and Gregg Croteau: Criminal justice bill can be game changer for young adults

October 26, 2017

The Commonwealth’s criminal justice reform efforts offer a unique opportunity to achieve a triple impact: improve public safety, reduce public spending on crime prevention, and redefine futures for our…

From: Commonwealth Magazine

Roca, Harvard, DOJ Release a Report on a Model to Reduce Young People’s Crime

October 18, 2017

The report outlines Roca’s intervention model – a first-of-its-kind intervention, and the only community corrections model in the country that focuses exclusively on high-risk…

From: Roca, the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Session on Community Corrections, and the National Institute of Justice

Trading gangs and guns for a future

October 10, 2017

Hakeem Jackson doesn’t mince words. “Just a couple of years ago I was shooting at people,” he says. A wiry 20-year-old with an affable bearing, Jackson is sitting at the…

From: CommonWealth Magazine



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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