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Founded in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1988, Roca's mission is to move disengaged and disenfranchised young people out of violence and poverty. Roca is expanding and will now be providing services to young people in the following communities: Boston, Cambridge, Charlestown, East Boston, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop, Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Springfield, West Springfield and Westfield.
Roca's Intervention Model is a cognitive‐restructuring and skills development intervention that was developed and implemented to address the high‐risk, underserved population of 17‐24 males who are either: 1) aging out of the juvenile justice or juvenile probation systems with a strong propensity for reincarceration as an adult; 2) connected with the adult justice system; or 3) are high‐risk members of the community being served who have a strong propensity for incarceration as an adult.
Roca has a strong organizational culture where learning, personal experience, leading with values, and having deep faith are essential to achieve bold goals with disenfranchised young people. Roca helps young people to change their behavior and shift the trajectories of their lives to move toward the outcomes of economic independence and living out of harm's way