It’s June, which means it’s graduation time here at GOSO! This year the students in our GOSOEd school have really thrived in the classroom and are graduating with high school diplomas!
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
GOSO’s Board Members are some of our most valuable volunteers. They share a deep commitment to improving opportunities for at-risk and legal system involved individuals. Board Members have the opportunity to share their experience and expertise, as well as provide support to the organization through financial gifts, in-kind contributions, and cultivating individuals and organizations to support GOSO’s important mission.
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.
We hope you’ve been following along with our GOSOGives projects since we launched the program in January! GOSO participants and volunteers have engaged with and supported their communities through a variety of service projects in our area. It’s a great way for participants and volunteers to work side-by-side, on a peer level, to foster connections. These enriching experiences have taught GOSO Guys invaluable skills, including teamwork, leadership, philanthropy and more.