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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April 06, 2015

Best of Both Worlds:

Jan Callahan to succeed Malcolm MacColl as President of Roca’s Board of Directors; Malcolm to join Roca fulltime 

Over Roca’s three-decade history, countless unsung heroes have contributed to our tremendous success. From frontline youth workers tirelessly scouring the streets at odd hours to keep young people safe, to police officers working overtime to coordinate violence reduction strategies with Roca program managers, to funding partners who generously devote time and money to Roca’s challenging but critical mission, the extraordinary list of individuals goes on and on. And for their work, we remain deeply, deeply grateful. read more

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Roca’s FY14 Annual Report