Central American youth – most of them unaccompanied minors – have experienced unspeakable violence. Roca’s Central American Youth Initiative seeks to ensure the most urgent form of social justice for a group of young people that is perhaps the most forgotten and excluded within our borders. Partnering with police, schools, and cities to provide a continuum of prevention and intervention services, Roca has developed and nurtured a community in Greater Boston that is actively helping these young people heal.
2021 Outcome Highlights
69 Central American Young Men Served in Chelsea and East Boston
94% were Retained in The Model Throughout the Year*
83% Participated in Programming (Educational, Vocational, Life Skills)*
74% Who Practiced CBT Made Measurable IMPROVEMENTS IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH*
* Massachusetts, Fiscal 2021