GOSO 2024 gala audience

Photos: GOSO Celebrates 20 Years of Impact in NYC

A heartfelt thank you to everyone in GOSO’s community who joined us last Thursday at the New-York Historical Society to celebrate 20 years of GOSO’s transformative impact in Harlem and across New York City. 

It was an inspiring evening, celebrating two decades of transformative impact and unveiling what’s on the horizon for Getting Out and Staying Out.

On April 18th, over 200 guests gathered at the iconic New-York Historical Society for a memorable celebration hosted by Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, Author, and NY-1 Live Host, Cheryl Wills. GOSO was thrilled to celebrate visionary founder, Mark Goldsmith, and Professor Andrea Armstrong for their perseverance and dedication, and to hear moving words from the panelists accepting the award on behalf of all participants. Anton Kogan, panelist and one of GOSO’s first participants beautifully captured the feeling of the evening:

There comes a time in all of our lives when we need others to believe in us. GOSO not only believes in us but also guides us through. We are here this evening celebrating our success, the success of our peers, those who will come after us, but equally important, we are here to personally thank MG.

GOSO is one of the most effective reentry programs in New York City, focusing on education, employment, violence prevention, and providing ongoing support for the young people we serve. It is because of the support of so many people in our community and beyond that we’ll be able to carry forward our work for another year, providing comprehensive services addressing participants’ educational employment goals, as well as their emotional well-being.

See below for images from Thursday night’s festivities.