Getting Out and Staying Out
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Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) works to empower young men involved in New York City’s criminal justice system to reshape their futures through education, emotional support, and employment. GOSO connects with clients while they are incarcerated, providing a range of support to young men on Rikers Island, and communicates with young men sentenced to upstate prisons. These young men – whether they are incarcerated or justice involved – benefit from the services offered by GOSO’s staff of Masters’ level social work professionals at the organization’s East Harlem office. At GOSO men can enter a job/school readiness program where they receive individualized support from Career Managers who provide ongoing counseling and work to connect them to paid internships, jobs, and onsite vocational training that lead to careers. GOSO also provides services such as high school equivalency programs, mentoring and peer group support. It is through their consistent, robust programming that GOSO has established itself as one of the most effective reentry programs in New York City for justice-involved young men. Just over 10% of GOSO participants return to jail within two years, as compared to a national average of 67% in the same age group.
- Population served:
- Young men ages 16-24 who have been incarcerated or are at high risk of justice involvement.
- outcomes at a glance:
- • 85% of GOSO clients stay out of prison or jail
- • 71% of clients are currently advancing their academic studies or are actively employed in an internship or job
- • 93% of clients who participate in vocational training complete it
- • 75% of the clients who complete 3 month paid internships transition to full-time employment
- Grantee since:
- Mark L. Goldsmith, Co-Founder and President Reginald André, Chairman of the Board of Directors
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