Roca’s mission is to be a relentless force in disrupting incarceration, poverty, and racism by engaging the young adults, police, and systems at the center of urban violence in relationships to address trauma, find hope, and drive change.
Who We Work With
Young Adults & System Partners
At The Center Of Urban Violence
In the News
‘Where has this training been all my life?’: How healing trauma could actually reform policing
This approach isn’t a panacea to stopping police violence. There isn’t one. But we believe this is part of the solution.more story
This Week on CBS Sunday Morning
Steering young men away from a life with gunsmore storyIn Baltimore, where gun violence claims the lives of hundreds each year, what is missing from so many young men is a solid foundation. The youth workers behind a program called Roca (Spanish for rock) aim to provide that grounding, by teaching alternative ways to handling the stresses of life in a challenging environment. As one Roca participant, a former drug dealer, tells "Sunday Morning" senior contributor Ted Koppel, "I came a long way, from nothing to something now."
Roca Baltimore: Stopping the Bleeding
Five years ago, Roca brought our community violence intervention model from Massachusetts to Baltimore, Maryland, and Baltimore has started to see a change. In their recently released white paper entitled Roca Baltimore: Stopping the Bleeding, Stephen Butz and Andre M. Davis turn to the work of Thomas Abt, a leading expert on reducing urban violence, to explore why Roca ‘s model succeeds where other programs do not.
A Tribute to Greg Torres
Reflections on a Special Person and an Impactful Life