PERCENT OF GOSO PARTICIPANTS STAY OUT OF PRISON OR JAIL

NEW JOB PLACEMENTS EVERY SINGLE YEAR

PERCENT ENGAGEMENT IN WORK AND SCHOOL

PERCENT EMPLOYMENT RETENTION RATE

Reducing recidivism through education, job training and direct employment/

GOSO has established itself as one of the most effective reentry programs in the NYC area for 16 to 24 year-old men at Rikers Island. Fewer than 10% of GOSO participants return to jail, as compared to a national average of 67% for their age group. Over the past ten years we’ve proven that early intervention within the criminal justice system, along with supportive counseling, educational support, vocational training, and workforce development works to reduce recidivism and help our participants become contributing members of their communities.

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HOW WE HELP

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Career Managers work one-on-one with participants to evaluate their degree of job readiness, and help them research job prospects, submit online job applications, and prepare cover letters and resumes. Clients have unlimited access to computers, fax machines and phones, and receive MetroCards, appropriate clothing and haircuts for job interviews.

MENTORING

Our mentoring program carefully matches participants with trained volunteer mentors who share their interests and experiences. Mentors can provide the empathy, guidance and support participants need as they take on the many challenges of reentry. Mentor/mentees meet twice a month for a minimum of six months.

EDUCATION

Career Managers assist participants in applying for high school equivalency (HSE) classes, college, or vocational schools, and monitor their attendance and performance after they enroll. GOSO pays application fees, provides MetroCards for transportation, and covers the cost of books. GOSO volunteers provide tutoring to participants at all educational levels. There’s more: Pathways to Graduation classes, College Prep and Summer School.

GOSOWORKS

Participants become eligible for the internship-to-employment (I2E) program by completing a comprehensive job readiness curriculum and submitting a five-paragraph essay, along with their resume and cover letter, to Program Director, Geoffrey Golia. If their interests, skills, and attitude match up with an opening with one of our employment partners, we will send them for an interview. If the candidate seems like a good fit, he can become an intern, paid for by GOSO, for up to 240 hours. This hands on experience provides participants with challenging work experiences, opportunities to learn key job skills, and professional mentorship. If the business decides the candidate has been a good fit during or after the internship, they are encouraged to hire him, full-time.

SAVE CURE VIOLENCE

SAVE (Stand Against Violence East Harlem) is built on the model established by Cure Violence, which seeks to empower Interrupters on our communities, to deter violent acts before they become reality, and to inspire our youth to take pride and owenrship in their future.

NEWS + MEDIA Read More GOSO News

10 August

New York Times: “Admit This Ex-Con to the Connecticut Bar”

Poet and memoirist Reginald Dwayne Betts should be lauded as a true American success story. Following a conviction and 9-year sentence for carjacking in 1996 and following an awakening spurred by the book “The Black Poets,” Mr. Betts wrote two critically-acclaimed books of poetry and a memoir, got a B.A. and an M.F.A, became a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard and, last summer, graduated from Yale Law School.

19 July

Talking Tech with Thrive Capital

Last December, GOSO Guys met with representatives from Twitter and Buzzfeed and learned about the rapid growth of the tech world. This week, we were thrilled

10 July

EVENT RECAP: Julia Friedman Speaks at Panel on “School to Prison Pipeline”

On July 6th, GOSO’s Julia Friedman (LMSW, Career Manager and Director of Community Reentry) joined with other individuals and organizations committed to restorative justice for

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