Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) is a nonprofit in New York City that supports justice-involved young men through Education, Employment, and Emotional Well-Being.
GOSO focuses on the individuals’ capacities and strengths, as well as developmental needs and emotional well-being. Our aim is to promote personal, professional, and intellectual growth through goal-oriented programming and comprehensive social support services.
Our goals are to reduce recidivism for young men who have had touchpoints with the criminal justice system, divert youth from incarceration, and to support our participants as they thrive in their communities . Through our community-based program in East Harlem, we offer holistic, wraparound services to help our participants achieve success.
Each GOSO participant completes our comprehensive Two Week Job Readiness Curriculum, which helps each individual develop the hard and soft skills needed to be academically, professionally, and personally successful. Upon completion of the curriculum, participants can access all of our other services.
Our onsite school offers our participants the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency diploma, and prepare for college. Participants can apply for an internship through our robust employment program, GOSOWorks. GOSOWorks partners with dozens of employers across the city to provide these internships, and we subsidize the wages for the first 240 hours of work. One of the most important parts of our work is our commitment to mental health and emotional well-being. Our team of licensed social workers provide this emotional support through individual and group therapies. In addition to these opportunities, we offer day-to-day resources like food and clothing that contribute to our participants' overall well-being.
GOSO also runs Stand Against Violence East Harlem (SAVE), an anti-gun violence program guided by the principles of Cure Violence, which leverages the experiences of members of the community to do outreach, including people who have been directly affected by gun violence.
We have a truly holistic approach to our work, which is the key to our success: fewer than 15% of GOSO participants will return to jail or prison after reentering the community. This is compared to a national average recividism rate of over 69% for individuals in the same age group.