Nonprofit program targets Baltimore's most dangerous young men
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is showcasing a new crime-fighting program targeting the city's most dangerous young men.
FOX45's Keith Daniels was at the community open house for Roca Baltimore, based in Mt. Vernon, on Park Avenue near Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard.
The open house was designed to show the progress the program has made, which got a $17 million funding package last year.
Since then, outreach workers said they targeted about 180 of the city's most dangerous young men.
The Massachusetts-based Roca focuses on helping high-risk young men ages 16 to 24 "stay alive, avoid prison and become employed."
The catch, Roca says, is that its workers do not take no for an answer.
"It's really about building those trusting and transformational relationships with these young men," said James "JT" Timpson, director of outreach.
"Roca" means "rock" in Spanish because the program calls itself "solid as a rock."
Over the past year, organizers weren't able to get to some of Baltimore's young men in time. Some were killed, while others are in jail for serious crimes.