Grand Opening-Roca Springfield Facility
Monday, June 27, 2011 at 11 a.m. Springfield— The grand opening of a new facility developed by Roca, which has partnered with the Hampden County Sheriff's Department to provide high risk young men transitional employment programming in Springfield, will be held on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 11 a.m. at 25-33 School Street, which will house the program in Springfield.
Roca's 5th Annual Breakfast raises over $230,000! Roca hosted over 400 people to hear Sister Helen Prejean, the author of the national best seller and inspiration for the Academy Award winning movie, Dead Man Walking, who delivered the keynote address at its fifth annual fundraiser. The morning was an inspiration to all who attended. See Boston Latino TV's coverage of the event here.
February 12, 2010
Roca Wins $2.3 Million Federal Grant from the Department of Labor. As the sole recipient in MA of this “Pathways Out of Poverty" grant—as the group of funding awards is known, authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009— Roca will launch 3G Jobs! (“From Green Gangs to Green Jobs”). Based on Roca’s nationally recognized Intervention Model for Very High Risk Youth, 3G Jobs! is a road toward economic self sufficiency through a unique, green pathway out of poverty.
January 11, 2010
Roca receives $150,000 from the State Street Foundation. Roca today announced that the State Street Foundation will award the organization a $150,000 grant to help fund its High-Risk Youth Intervention Model in East Boston. Roca designed the High-Risk Youth Intervention Model to help young people engaged in destructive behavior to become more productive members of society.
National Grid Supports Roca’s Youth Intervention Model The National Grid Foundation awarded Roca $20,000 to support Roca’s High Risk Youth Intervention Model which utilizes intensive youth-adult relationship-building to leverage young people into a process of personal change, and to help them connect to education, employment and life skills opportunities.
Nonprofits quantify their success Boston (Katie Johnson, Globe Staff) – Government agencies are also starting to demand more proven outsomces from organizations they fund. In Massachusetts, the Patrick administration just launched its Social Innovations Fiancing Program, which rewards agencies that can show their techniques work. It is beleived to be the first state-run "pay for success" grant program.
Youth Intervention Program Opens Springfield Center SPRINGFIELD, MA (WAMC) - An organization that has claimed success in reducing youth violence in a troubled city in eastern Massachusetts has opened a new center in Springfield to work with high risk young people.. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..
June 27, 2011
ROCA organization helping those at risk Jim Kinney writes about Roca in the Saturday edition of the Republican: "Chelsea-based Roca program setting up shop in Springfield to help Western Mass. youths."
June 27, 2011
Roca Offers Help For High Risk Young People SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--There is new hope for high risk young people in Springfield. It comes from a program that's aimed at saving young lives and reducing urban violence.
Roca featured in Coalition for Juvenile Justice Report. The future for youth involved with the justice system could be dramatically improved by applying the principles of positive youth development (PYD) practice to the juvenile justice systems and services. A new report, Positive Youth Justice: Framing Justice Interventions Using the Concepts of Positive Youth Development, from the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, explores the tremendous potential of helping court-involved youth develop their pro-social strengths and attributes, and increase their abilities to contribute to healthy, safe family and community life. Roca is featured!
March 16, 2010
Roca featured on the Philanthropy News Digest NPO Spotlight. Roca is honored to be recognized by the Philanthropy News Digest (PND), a daily news service of the Foundation Center. The Digest is a compendium of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.
Roca receives $100,000 "Out of the Blue" Grant from the Boston Foundation. The Boston Foundation makes an unrestricted, unsolicited grant to an organization that demonstrates extraordinary leadership and ability to create and sustain high-impact programming that sets a standard for other non-profits and serves the community as a whole. Roca was selected because it has shown a commitment to rigorous evaluation, data-driven decision making and program design, as well as to a continual process of strengthening and refining its own work.