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


‘They Immediately See Gangs’: From El Salvador To Boston, Helping Young People Shake Stigma And Feel Safe

October 23, 2018

President Trump has referred to members of the MS-13 gang as “animals” Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the gang is infiltrating the U.S., calling unaccompanied…

From: WBUR

He helps steer young men away from trouble with ‘love, time’

October 18, 2018

“This work is not 9 to 5,” says Tha Thai, a 41 year old who came to America with his family as a refugee from Cambodia in 1984. Today, he is the assistant director at Roca…

From: Dorchester Reporter

Hundreds Join Roca for Its 30th Anniversary Celebration Party

October 15, 2018

An outpouring of community love, relentlessness and transformation echoed around Park Street Wednesday as the region’s leaders joined hundreds of young…

From: Chelsea Record

Anti-Violence Nonprofit Roca Opens Holyoke Office

July 29, 2018

An organization committed to keeping young men out of the poverty-to-prison pipeline is expanding its presence in western Massachusetts. Roca has opened…

From: WAMC



Participant, Young Men Program, Lynn


Participant, Young Men Program, Springfield


Participant, Young Men Program, Boston


Participant, Young Mothers Program, Chelsea


Participant, Young Men Program, Lynn


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