Why did you decide to join GOSO? I heard about GOSO when I was at Rikers Island in 2016. Mr. Goldsmith visited my building and
I was incarcerated around 2016 and Chelsea (GOSO Senior Career Manager and Director of Reentry Services) used to come from GOSO to visit me. She told me all about the program and encouraged me to join. We stayed in touch throughout my incarceration— she would send me books and holiday cards.
How did you get involved with GOSO and what programs have been the most helpful? My nephew was in the program and he told me
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
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.
What brought you to GOSO? I wasn’t doing anything with my life. I was on this path of being what I perceived as a failure
For many, a new year is an opportunity to reset, refresh and set new personal goals. GOSO participant Simeon R. is doing just that, with a focus on education. His goal in 2019 will be to conquer his first semester at LaGuardia Community College, in Queens. Simeon plans to study business in the hopes of becoming an entrepreneur after graduating.
Growing up in the Bronx, GOSO client Keybo C. was faced with more than his share of negative influences and experiences. This personal history has inspired Keybo to position himself as a positive force of change for others in his community. He’s brought this optimism and spirit with him to GOSO, where he’s made an incredible impact as a leader among his peers.
Today is the final day of Black History Month, and to finish it off right our guys have been sharing with us their personal reflections, important projects, heroes, and creative talents.
Michael Thorne recently took the time to consider how GOSO has impacted his life: Before I came to GOSO I was truly a different person than