Massachusetts Young Men

Roca works with 16-to-24-year-old young men from 21 communities in Massachusetts who have experienced extensive trauma and are the primary victims or drivers of urban violence. Our Intervention Model utilizes cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) to teach young people life-saving emotional skills, and the most detailed, independently scrutinized data to prove its success over 30 years on the street.

2021 Outcome Highlights

4 OUT OF 5 YOUNG MEN WHO CAME TO ROCA WITH A VIOLENT RECORD STOPPED ENGAGING IN VIOLENCE

70% OF YOUNG MEN DID NOT RECIDIVATE WITHIN THREE YEARS, A 46% REDUCTION FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS 3-YEAR RECIDIVISM RATE

ENROLLMENT IN TRANSITIONAL EMPLOYMENT, A “CBT ACCELERATOR” AT ROCA, REDUCED THE ODDS OF VIOLENT RECIDIVISM BY 66%

Abt Associates Implementation Study 2018-2021

745 YOUNG MEN SERVED OUT OF 5 SITES IN EASTERN AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

89% RETAINED IN THE MODEL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

85% participated in programming, inclusive of the pandemic period

82% PRACTICED and applied CBT

52% made measurable gains in emotional regulation

84% had no new arrests

98% had no new incarcerations

Massachusetts, Fiscal 2021

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Massachusetts
Young Men
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