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


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

The Business of Changing Lives – Allison Weiner, 2017 Farber Intern

October 5, 2017

I had the privilege of working this summer at Roca, a Massachusetts-based organization that for 30 years has worked to break the cycle of…

From: REDF Farber Blog Series

When Crime Data Becomes Politicized

September 29, 2017

Thomas Abt, a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, discusses how politicking gets in the way of implementing workable solutions…

From: On The Media, WNYC

Chelsea, MA named 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Winner

September 20, 2017

To begin to understand Chelsea, Massachusetts, take a drive from the McArdle Bridge down Marginal Street, past…

From: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation



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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