Getting Out and Staying Out will hold its annual gala on April 25th (tickets here) at Chelsea Piers, an evening spent celebrating all the hard work our guys have been doing this year, and ensuring that GOSO’s vital mission to help justice-involved youth will continue into the future.
Leading up to the event we are taking to the blog periodically to introduce you to those we’ll be honoring and with whom we’ll be celebrating in April. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of this year’s six Volunteers of the Year, technology consultant Ari Shapell.
Ari currently helps run a product and technology consultancy firm, where he serves as the head of finance and the lead product manager. He has been a volunteer with GOSO for over two years, mentoring GOSO participants through the Coaches Club, helping to fundraise, and visiting GOSO guys on Rikers Island.
He is a big fan of the GOSO mission, having seen the powerfully positive impact GOSO can have on the young men who attend its programming. He has immensely enjoyed working with the Guys – who have taught him a lot about the importance of grit, determination and hard work.