101 Park Street
Chelsea, MA 02150
Vision for the Future
Roca can see a world where young people are no longer lost to violence and poverty. This is a future where young people have real opportunities, to leave the streets, get jobs and take responsibility for their lives. We know that, given the right tools, these young people can not only survive, but can thrive. Roca will demonstrate that very high-risk young people who are often left out of programming can be reengaged in a systematic way and can make positive impacts on both their own lives and their communities.
Creating this future of new possibilities and empowered communities takes tremendous effort and a systematic, disciplined approach. That is why Roca uses its Intervention Model to make substantive changes in the lives of both young people and the communities in which they reside. By providing young people with the tools they need to create change and positive options with regard to their education and employment we can make real improvements in their lives. At the same time, Roca has established crucial partnerships with the important individuals and major institutions that affect these young people, expanding the possibilities for change.
While we understand the potential of our target population to be both dangerous and expensive (i.e. social assistance, incarceration, teen pregnancy, substance abuse/mental health issues, preventable hospitalization), we are committed to working with them to create positive impacts in their lives, reconnecting them to their communities and helping them become taxpayers and positive participants in society.
Roca also has a vision for influencing sector and system change, change necessary to ensure the success of our young people. Roca’s vision begins with the development of an engaged institutions strategy across the region. Roca has begun implementing this cross-field strategy locally and is now prepared to move to a statewide and/or regional level. We will demonstrate that very high-risk young people who are often left out of programming can be reengaged if approached in a systematic way. In other words, if you do enough of the right thing, you can reengage very high-risk young people and help them to succeed in their lives – we do not believe that working with this population is “hit or miss” as prevailing thinking would dictate.
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