An Organization Paves a Path Out of Rikers Island and Into the Job Market By Sean Piccoli / December 11, 2016 At 19, Michael Vanleuvan
For the past two years, Glenn Martin has run his Harlem-based organization, JustLeadershipUSA, from coffee shops or anywhere else he can find to get his work done.
If there is anyone who should look and feel out of place in the corridors of Riker’s Island, it is Mark Goldsmith. A retired cosmetics executive who once headed up Yves St. Laurent in the United States, Goldsmith carries himself with an easy going polish and self assurance that seems more appropriate for lunch at the Four Seasons. Yet, Goldsmith has found himself a new home.
In the three years since he started working with Rikers Island inmates, Mark Goldsmith has drastically increased the odds of success for hundreds of newly released young men in danger of slipping right back into jail.