Getting Out and Staying Out programming empowers young men to avoid reinvolvement in the criminal justice system by reshaping their futures through educational achievement, meaningful employment and financial independence. GOSO facilitates true rehabilitation by focusing on the individual’s character, capacities and strengths, as well as their developmental needs, emotional well-being and by providing necessary access to educational resources, job training and placement. We aim to promote personal, professional and intellectual growth through goal-oriented programming and comprehensive social support services. 

In 2016, GOSO expanded our job readiness curriculum, implemented an adolescent curriculum with expanded hours and significantly increased in our paid internship to work program to partner with over 50 local businesses. We offered additional monthly on-site vocational trainings and doubled the number of therapy and skills groups offered each month. 74% of GOSOWorks’ interns transitioned to full time employment. Because of the strength of our programming, our recidivism rate for our clients is around 10 percent, consistently low when compared to over 50 percent national rates for the age group we serve.

We host volunteers monthly for our Coaches Club Program, Interview Skills Workshops, Upstate Correspondence Program. GOSO participants benefit greatly from these volunteers’ presence. This is because they offer many different perspectives on how to become successful both in personal life and in fields from tech to finance. Over the last year, we have hosted volunteers from BuzzFeed, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Twitter, National Grid, Debevoise & Plimpton, and Spotify.

Participation by such volunteers in GOSO’s East Harlem office, the Rikers Program and the Upstate Correspondence Program increased over the last year by more than 20%. In fact, many GOSO participants are spreading the word about just how effective our programming is. In turn, more GOSO guys have gotten jobs, High School Equivalency Diplomas, Vocational Training, and have received psychotherapy with GOSO's licensed social workers than ever before.

We couldn’t report such stellar engagement and continued progress year after year without the continued involvement of all who help GOSO stay focused on our mission of helping young men embrace positivity and create lasting personal change. This year we will be honoring Harry and Alex Adjmi and filmmaker Rudy Valdez, who understand and support the work we do. We are looking forward to celebrating continued reductions in recidivism and to helping our young men get second chances for many years to come!