PERCENT OF GOSO PARTICIPANTS STAY OUT OF PRISON OR JAIL

NEW JOB PLACEMENTS EVERY SINGLE YEAR

PERCENT ENGAGEMENT IN WORK AND SCHOOL

PERCENT OF PARTICIPANTS IN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM ATTAIN EMPLOYMENT

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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 15% 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.

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.

GOSO IN THE NEWS

SPOTLIGHT:
GOSO 15th Anniversary

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25 June

In Their Own Words: Tim R. Celebrates One Year at Littleneck Outpost

How did you connect with GOSO? My cousin inspired me. He came to GOSO a few years ago, they helped him get a job, and

13 June

Drive Change as a Member of GOSO’s Board

GOSO is Seeks New Board Members Who Champion Change GOSO is excited to announce that we are recruiting new Board Members to support our growing

06 June

In Their Own Words: Marvin B.

I grew up in Harlem; it’s where I went to school, played basketball, all of that. At a young age, I got caught up in things that led me to Rikers Island when I was 16 years old. When I came out after 1 year there, I was working towards doing something good with my life, and then I got caught up in a different situation that wasn’t my fault. Everyone that I knew was arrested. That’s when I went to prison upstate, where I spent 25 months.

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