Weekly Meditation Teacher at GOSO
I meet with the GOSO guys for weekly group meditation. During the practice, they learn to breathe deeper to quiet the mind. It within this space where inner wisdom is heard; intuition is discovered; and the ability to shine brightly amplified. I love offering guidance to the guys and watching them thrive in their own strength. It is my absolute privilege to be part of GOSO’s mission and assist in the emotional well being of these incredible souls.
Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) empowers young men to avoid involvement in the criminal justice system by reshaping their futures through educational achievement, meaningful employment, and financial independence. 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.
GOSO has established itself as one of the most effective reentry programs in the New York City area for justice-involved 16 to 24 year old men. Fewer than 10% of GOSO participants return to jail, as compared to a national average of 67% for the age group. Over the past ten years we’ve proven that early intervention within the criminal justice system, along with supportive counseling, educational support, vocational training, and workforce development works to reduce recidivism and help our participants become contributing members of their communities.
Preventing Justice Involvement
GOSO has also become a leader in preventing justice-involvement by collaborating with community partners, public defenders, and the courts to identify at-risk individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system. Our programming and targeted interventions divert young men from entering the justice system and prevent continuing involvement with that system.
Reducing recidivism and preventing justice-involvement are important goals, but what sets GOSO apart is the agency’s commitment to radically reshaping our young men’s lives through our holistic approach to reentry, job readiness, and youth development. GOSO’s clinically-trained staff provide individual and group counseling, as well as coaching and advocacy to inspire our participants and assist them in changing the trajectory of their lives.