Roca Helps High-Risk Youth Move out of Violence and Poverty


Located in Chelsea, MA, Roca Inc works to help disengaged and disenfranchised young people move out of violence and poverty. Founded in 1988 by Molly Baldwin, Roca is dedicated to serving the most high-risk young people in the Greater Boston area including the communities of Chelsea, Revere, East Boston, and Springfield, MA.

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Roca’s Intervention Model for Very High-Risk Youth

Roca’s unique and acclaimed Intervention Model for High-Risk Young People has been touted as national best practices by many governments, advocates and services providers.

Molly Baldwin is the Founder and CEO of Roca, Inc, began her professional life as a street youth worker in Revere, and soon founded Roca in 1988. For over 25 years, she has been a tireless advocate, mentor, and community convener, reaching out to the highest-risk young people in Massachusetts’ most dangerous urban communities. With the help of engaged institutions and a committed team of youth workers, Molly’s efforts at Roca have helped over 25,000 young people transform their lives. Today, Roca intensively reaches out to over 700 participants each year, operating on the singular belief that people can change in spite of seemingly insurmountable circumstances. Molly is the recipient of numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University.

Molly Baldwin spoke on a panel entitled “Impact of Public Policy on Drug and Human Trafficking” at the June 2013 Global Challenges and Opportunities Conference at Wheelock College.

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