GOSO board

Drive Change as a Member of GOSO’s Board

GOSO Welcomes Board Members Who Champion Change

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.

Located in East Harlem, GOSO has served more than 10,000 young people in New York City, providing the resources to help them reshape their futures and become positive forces in their communities. GOSO also works to interrupt and reduce violence to create a safer and stronger community through our Stand Against Violence East Harlem (SAVE) program, a part of the nationwide Cure Violence initiative. GOSO’s community-based work follows a holistic approach, what we call our Three E’s:

  • Education: Not only does GOSO encourage participants to earn their high school diploma or GEDs through our school program, we also provide workshops and individual counseling designed to keep participants in school and encourage exploration of different education opportunities, including higher education.
  • Employment: Meaningful work experience that builds skills and opens doors is also crucial. Our job readiness curriculum leads to our robust employment program, which connects participants with our city-wide network of 70+ employer partners.
  • Emotional Well-Being: Our staff of licensed social workers provide emotional support to our participants, more than 50% of whom are living with mental health issues and need helpful resources.

Through programming and supportive services staffed by some of the hardest working and most positive individuals in NYC, our participants are able to build on their existing skills and develop new ones to use in their future career, education, and daily lives.

Board members serve a three-year term, attend quarterly meetings and participate in one or more of the following committees: Governance and Nominating; Development; Finance, Audit, and Compensation; and Programs, Employment, and Community Engagement. Board members act as fiduciaries and oversee GOSO’s mission, programs, governance, strategy, finances, planning, fundraising, board and leadership recruitment and development, as well as long term viability and sustainability.

If you are enthusiastic about our mission, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at info@gosonyc.org