BECOME AN INTERNSHIP PROVIDER/
You can help provide a meaningful and valuable work experience for one or more of our program participants, while gaining a hard-working and committed member for your team.
GOSO’s internship candidates are job ready. They have completed our rigorous job readiness curriculum, which focuses on developing hard and soft skills, and they have been screened for professional interests, levels of experience, and personal maturity. The program is overseen by a Project Coordinator who is reponsible for keeping in touch with both interns and internship providers. The Project Coordinator conducts site visits and makes sure that both the professional needs of the interns and the organizational needs of the internship provider are being met effectively and consistently. And because GOSO pays the participants of the internship program, there is no financial cost to internship providers.
As an internship provider for GOSO, you will help a young man enter the workforce, provide him with vital experience in a profession or trade, assist him in developing a larger professional network, and open him up to meaningful opportunities in the future. In short, you will help change the trajectory of a young man’s life.
If you would like to become a GOSO internship provider, please email Project Coodinator Geoffrey Golia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 383-2206 or (212) 831-5020.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER/
GOSO is always looking for excited, energetic professionals and educators who share a commitment to changing the lives of court-involved young men. Volunteers continue to provide invaluable services and programs to complement the work of our staff. If you have time, empathy and skills to share, please join us in our efforts.
Fill out our Volunteer Interest form HERE and a member of our staff will reach out to you! Most volunteer opportunities take place during business hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.
Job Readiness Seminars: GOSO volunteers, Board Members, and staff have designed ongoing seminar series that provide our participants with essential life skills and prepare them for school and the workplace. Currently, volunteers present seminars on financial literacy, interview skills, time and priority management, and self marketing. They offer their expertise as communications executives, educators, leadership coaches, and financial planners. Our doors are open to anyone whose life experiences have taught them the essential skills to succeed in life.
Tutoring: Volunteers provide tutoring and teach classes in the basics necessary for our participants to pass the TASC exams, including math and English language skills. Volunteers have also taught classes in basic computer skills and essay writing. Tutoring can be one on one or in small groups.
Internship Providers: The goal of our internship program is to link GOSO participants to prospective internship sites that can contribute to their knowledge of the professional world, help them gain hard- and soft-skills, and lead to a full-time position. If you are interested in hosting some of our young men, please let us know!
BECOME A MENTOR/
GOSO’s Coaches Club trains volunteers to mentor participants who have been released and begun participating in our community-based program in East Harlem. Our goal is to match every GOSO participant with a mentor, if interested, who shares his career interests or experience. Volunteer mentors meet with mentees twice a month for discussions or planned activities, in the East Harlem office if they choose, or any alternative venue that they feel comfortable with. Mentors in the community help GOSO men develop the life skills and insights necessary navigate the challenges of school and the workplace. A mentor’s insight and expertise can be the essential ingredient that helps a young man transition into the community and avoid many of the pitfalls that result in recidivism.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP/
Clothing Donations: We are always seeking donations of any gently used or new business attire. Gently used coats and winter accessories are also gladly appreciated. Please make sure that all used items are freshly laundered as laundry services can sometimes be a barrier for our guys.
Donations: Monetary donations are always gladly appreciated and can be made HERE.
Office Support: We would love to have you join us in ensuring that the offices run smoothly. This includes: filing, answering phones, stuffing envelopes, etc. Contributions such as this allow us to continue operating in an efficient manner.
START YOUR OWN PROGRAM/
Getting Out and Staying Out’s reentry model is based on three principles:
- Immediate initiation of reentry planning upon incarceration,
- Sustained contact and comprehensive services during incarceration, and
- Delivery of a tightly coordinated continuum of services at a single location after release that focuses on education, employment and social service support.
Over the years GOSO has received hundreds of emails and letters from all over the country with requests for information, and an expressed interest in GOSO’s reentry model. In response we have designed a template that outlines the steps GOSO has taken to develop essential partnerships with government and social service agencies, establish and brand the organization, develop support and funding, and design effective programs and services that respond to the needs of participants. For more information on how you can start a reentry program in your community, download a pdf file of our reentry template “The GOSO Roadmap.” We always encourage individuals and organizations interested in the reentry process to contact us directly by phone or email, or even better, to arrange a visit to our East Harlem office and see first hand how our program works to reduce recidivism in New York City.