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Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO)

GOSO targets New York City’s Rikers Island population by focusing not only on recidivism but also on post-incarceration employment. GOSO serves court-involved youth from all five boroughs who have been incarcerated on Rikers Island and/or upstate prison facilities or are referred to GOSO through the Departments of Probation and Parole or community organizations. GOSO has maintained a recidivism rate of less than 15%.

GOSO’s reentry program reduces the recidivism rate for 16- to 24-year-old young men by working with clients during incarceration and continuing supports through community reintegration. Once released, most participants enroll in the community-based program in East Harlem where they receive supportive counseling and wrap-around services while continuing to work towards educational/vocational credentials and employment.

One of GOSO’s most successful programs, GOSO Works, includes direct collaborations with employers to enable successful paid internships and job placements. GOSO Works includes a two-week job-readiness curriculum including one-on-one interview skills with Goldman Sachs and mock interviews. Internships are primarily in culinary and food production with some in construction, retail, maintenance, and customer service. GOSO anticipates a 90% success rate for young men who complete the internship program and then are hired or leverage that position into another hire followed by an 80% three-month employee retention rate and a 65% six-month employee retention rate.

We are so very thankful to Heckscher for sharing our mission of leveling the playing field for underserved youth and specifically, for young people involved in the criminal justice system. Heckscher’s funding has played a major role over the years to help ensure that the young men GOSO serves get the education, advocacy, counselling and connection to jobs that lead to careers that they need to succeed and thrive, and we are forever grateful for their partnership and support.
Mark L. Goldsmith
President and CEO, Getting Out and Staying Out