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.