At our seasonal markets we always make sure to donate space to unique community-oriented organizations. This Sunday, because we know you’re all going to be having fun at the Greenpointers Spring Market anyway, you should stop by and check out GOSO, (Getting Out and Staying Out, Inc.). They provide comprehensive re-entry services to young men (16-24) who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system.

Since 2013, GOSO has partnered with dozens of businesses and organizations around NYC to provide meaningful work experiences for these young men in need. With funding from the City of New York, they’ve placed approximately 150 participants in paid internships, many of which have led to full-time employment. A handful of their employment partners happen to be in Greenpoint, including Ovenly, River Styx, Cassette, and ABC Worldwide Stone.

Participants are paired with with social workers and professionals who assist them with case management and counseling, job readiness and vocational training, mentorship with positive role models, educational support, and employment development and placement. GOSO is totally voluntary, so each participant has made a conscious choice to change his life and become a contributing member of his community.

Currently, GOSO is in negotiations to place participants in a number of small businesses and they’ve linked up with the Greenpoint and Brooklyn Chambers of Commerce. GOSO provides young men with the opportunity to earn honest livings and develop careers; fosters and supports small businesses with incentives and free staffing solutions; and creates partnerships between businesses, non-profits, and community stakeholders.

You can find out more about GOSO at Sunday’s market or on their site.


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