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. GOSOWorks is overseen by our Employment Development Manager, who is responsible for keeping in touch with both interns and internship providers. The Manager 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 Employment Development Manager, Nick Zolnierowski, at email@example.com.
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. Or contact our Volunteer & Communications Manager, Emily Barnard, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Readiness Seminars: Our doors are open to anyone whose life experiences have taught them the essential skills to succeed in life. Each GOSO participant must complete our 2-week, job-readiness curriculum, which volunteers can contribute to. Every other Tuesday (11:30a-1:00p), volunteer during our Resume Writing Workshop (must be computer literate).
Skill-Building Workshops: On the 2nd Thursday of every month, we hold this workshop where volunteers provide interview skills training to our participants, who appreciate the extra practice to prepare for real-world interviews they have. Workshop runs from 3:45-6:30p.
Tutoring: Volunteer tutors are a crucial part of our clients’ academic success, tutoring and teaching 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. Tutors come during the day, usually 10a or 1:30p, and sometimes weekends.
Be a Guest Speaker: On Wednesdays, we have an open time slot from 2-3p for guest speakers. Come speak to the Guys about your company, career, artwork, nutrition – whatever you’d like!
Upstate Correspondence: We have many participants in Upstate Correctional Facilities and we support them by maintaining consistent contact through thoughtful letters from staff and volunteers. No need to come into GOSO, you can write on your own time, in your own home!
Administrative Support: GOSO is a small organization, with our staff taking on many roles. To keep things running smoothly, we rely on our volunteers who come in to our East 116th Street office to help with data entry, organization, scanning files, etc. Must be during the week (Mon-Fri between the hours of 9a-5p).
BECOME A MENTOR/
GOSO’s mentoring program, GOSOMen, 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 to 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 new or gently-used attire. Our participants are in need of not only professional, but casual clothing items, such as: suits, dress shirts, pants, jeans, jackets, coats, t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, belts, ties, etc. If the items you’d like to contribute are not new, please ensure that the items are free of wear and tear, and are freshly laundered.
Food Donations: Food insecurity is an ongoing concern for many of our clients. Contributions such as grocery gift cards (ie: Fresh Direct), grocery deliveries from local markets and meals are immensely appreciated. Please contact Julia Friedman (email@example.com), if you’d like to contribute food.
Donations: Monetary donations are always gladly appreciated and can be made HERE.
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.