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On Giving Tuesday, help us raise $25,000 to fund 625 hours of relentless engagement with young people at the center of urban violence. That’s 625 hours of…
It’s what Roca is most known for—and it works. We reach out to young people drowning in the deep end of urban violence, instead of waiting for them to have an epiphany, drop their guns, or remove themselves from dangerous relationships and situations. We track them down through their friends, call them, show up at their doorsteps, and scout the streets until we find them.
You can’t undo a lifetime of trauma overnight, so Roca youth workers develop deep relationships over 2–4 years that help young people begin to heal from their hurt and anger, the key to success later on.
REWIRE CBT SKILL-BUILDING
Trauma keeps young people stuck in survival mode, so we teach cognitive behavioral theory (Rewire CBT) to help them heal. Practicing Rewire CBT builds new neural pathways, so young people can stop repeating the same harmful patterns and learn to take an 8–12 second pause before a conflict turns to violence.
TEACHING AND TRAINING
All of Roca’s programs are designed to help young people learn essential skills. We create opportunities for young people to safely engage in employment, education, parenting, harm reduction, and life-skills programming—all through a trauma-informed lens.
When young people get caught up in multiple public systems, it can be almost impossible to meet complicated requirements or access the benefits they need. Young people can’t make transformative change while they’re struggling to meet their basic needs, so we stick by them every step of the way and help them navigate.
Since I grew up with violence, I didn’t know any other way to defend myself other than with violence… I never imagined there were so many people trying to motivate me to handle all these traumas.”
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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.