What We Do
Roca has had unparalleled success altering the life trajectories of America’s most high-risk young people – the young people that are involved in crime, engaged in dangerous behaviors, have rejected help, have dropped out of school, and are simply too difficult for other programs to serve.
Roca’s work is based upon the theory that when young people are re-engaged through positive and intensive relationships they can gain competencies in life skills, education and employment that keep them out of prison move them toward living out of harm’s way and toward economic independence. Each component of Roca’s Intervention Model is designed to drive toward measurable, positive outcomes.
Pay for Success
The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay-for-Success Project
This year, Roca and the Commonwealth launched the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Project, which is designed to improve the lives of over a thousand high-risk young men while reducing recidivism, saving taxpayer dollars, and promoting safer and stronger communities.
Roca Young Mothers
In our Chelsea, Massachusetts location, Roca also works with at-risk to very high-risk young mothers aged 12-24 through the Young Mothers Project and the Harbor Area Healthy Families program.