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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

19-year-olds don’t belong in adult prisons

June 20, 2017

Governor Baker introduced a criminal justice bill in February to great fanfare. Designed to give prisoners incarcerated on mandatory minimum sentences access to good-time credit to hasten their release and to provide reentry programming, it received…

From: The Boston Globe

Seen@ Roca Springfield’s 7th anniversary of service celebration at CityStage

June 16, 2017

Roca, the leading Massachusetts nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of the highest-risk young people and disrupting the cycle of incarceration and poverty, recently celebrated the 7th anniversary of the opening of its…

From: MassLive and The Republican

Roca founder Molly Baldwin to visit Springfield to celebrate anniversary of local chapter

June 12, 2017

Molly Baldwin, the founder and chief executive officer for Roca, is scheduled to be in Springfield Wednesday night for a celebration of…

From: MassLive

Raise the Age

June 7, 2017

Much has been written about the important campaign to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to include 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds. There are four bills filed by…

From: Jean Trounstine

Roca Testimony- Raise the Age

June 5, 2017

Roca testified at the Massachusetts State House before the Joint Commission on the Judiciary on supporting legislation to raise the age of the juvenile court jurisdiction  to include 18,19, and 20 year olds.

From: Roca

Bill Seeks Mass. Delinquency Raise From 18 to 21

June 5, 2017

Proposals have been offered in Massachusetts to raise the age limit for young people to have their criminal cases heard in juvenile court.

From: NECN

Roca celebrates year’s accomplishments at annual breakfast

June 1, 2017

Roca’s annual breakfast welcomed a packed house of local official and supporters at the Intercontinental Hotel, including Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; Glenn E. Martin…

From: The Chelsea Record

Grant Makers, Put Results First in Deciding How to Give

May 31, 2017

In New York City, the social-service organization BRC saw its shelter clients rapidly returning to homelessness because they could not keep up with rising rental costs. So BRC decided to…

From: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Roca Springfield working to help ex-convicts see a life beyond jail

April 23, 2017

At the risk of sounding cliched, Daniel Almodovar-Vazquez said he is turning his life around. After spending his teens going between…

From: MassLive

Pay-for-Success in Action

April 18, 2017

Preventing recidivism among formerly incarcerated youth is a difficult challenge, but pay-for-success approaches like this one are beginning…
From: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Why Are We Stalking You? To Keep You Out of Jail

March 30, 2017

Watch Roca Founder and CEO Molly Baldwin’s TED talk at TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue.

An Evening of Inspired Leaders

March 17, 2017

Roca Founder & CEO, Molly Baldwin and Roca Young Mother, Linette Nieves perform poetry with Mass Poetry.

Roca’s Work in The Associated Press

March 16, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Tykeam Jackson’s mellow voice and warm smile give little hint of how the 21-year-old spent his youth: in and out of juvenile detention and jails, leading…
The Associated Press

Roca on News Channel 5

March 2, 2017

New initiatives aimed to help young people from Central America
On: WCVB5

Accounting for Violence

February 28, 2017

How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration
From: The Vera Institute of Justice

Roca CEO Speaks in Washington, D.C. about Organization

February 17, 2017

Molly Baldwin, founder and CEO of Chelsea-based Roca Inc. delivered a powerful talk Thursday, Feb. 9, at TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue, sharing the story of Roca and how relentless…
By: Chelsea Record

Why are We Stalking You? To Keep You Out of Jail – Tedx Talk

February 10, 2017

Molly presented a talk about Roca at the Tedx Pennsylvania Avenue 2017. Read the transcript here.

Op-Ed: Think outside box to deal with young adult criminals

February 8, 2017

Massachusetts has long been recognized as a leader in juvenile justice reform for youth who commit crimes prior to age 18…
By: Frank G. Cousins Jr., Steven W. Tompkins

Massachusetts lawmakers to consider raising court age from 18 to 21

February 6, 2017

A bill that would raise the age for the juvenile court system one year at a time for the next three years was sponsored by State Sens…
By: Shira Schoenberg

Roca Youth Worker Luciana Sousa is a Superstar Foundation Superstar

December 22, 2016

Luciana shows up every day on time, with a plan, ready to jump into the day rain or shine. Her enthusiasm, evenness and relentlessly upbeat can-do attitude is no easy feat in an environment that can often be…

Results for America Announces Inaugural Class of Nonprofit Fellowship

December 20, 2016

15 Nonprofit CEOs from Across the Country Selected for a Two-Year Fellowship to Make Progress on Pressing Challenges by Embracing What Works.

Barr Foundation Announces $28.5 Million in New Grants

December 9, 2016

Final grants of the year bring 2016 total to an all-time high of $73.5 million.

Former Rabble-Rouser Works With ‘the System’ to Cut Recidivism

October 4, 2016

When she founded the youth nonprofit Roca outside Boston in 1988, Molly Baldwin was a hell-raiser. “We were a big pain in the butt…

Seen@ Roca-Springfield Reception Honoring Retiring Sheriff Michael Ashe

September 23, 2016

Retiring Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. is used to getting accolades pitched his way, and Thursday night he scored points for his love of sports.

CVS Teams up with Mass Nonprofit to Train Young Mothers

August 30, 2016

Eight young moms in the Boston area are getting a new start in life after completing a pharmacy technician training program through a partnership with CVS Health and a Massachusetts nonprofit…

Model Programs for Young Adults in the Justice System

August 26, 2016

Two Second Chance Act (SCA) grantees based in Massachusetts, were highlighted in a recent report by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for their innovative approaches to working with young adults.

Pioneers in Young Adult Justice

February 3, 2016

Roca took a look at programs, world wide that are Pioneers in Young Adult Justice.

By Yotam Ziera and Molly Baldwin

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