Our Model For Success

Since 1998, over 325 Shepherds Students have successfully graduated from our partner schools with a strong foundation for lifelong success.

Mentors

Every student is matched with a caring, trained, adult mentor who provides encouragement and advice throughout high-school.

Academic Programs

Including study skills, life and social skills, college test prep courses, and college tours.

Partner Schools

Students attend either Notre Dame West Haven or Kolbe Cathedral in Bridgeport.

Financial Sponsors

Fund student tuition for 4 years.

Corporate Partners

Trust, foundations, corporation and community organizations provide tuition support, supplemental programs and host career days.

Become A Mentor

There are few things more rewarding than helping to change the course of a young person's life. As a Shepherds Mentor, you commit to sharing your time and experience with a student and in return receive the reward of seeing this young person graduate from high school.

Nayza and Maureen

Become A Sponsor

Shepherds Sponsors are individuals, family foundations or corporate and civic foundations who believe in the Shepherds mission, and make a commitment to contribute towards the 4-year expense of a student’s participation in the program. As a Sponsor, you'll get to know the student you're helping and receive updates on their progress, the school and their mentor.

I plan to go to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and major in Biomechanical Engineering.

Reuben

Reuben

Notre Dame, West Haven

Meeting my Mentor was so important to me. She has pushed me to do my best.

mayra

Mayra

Kolbe, Bridgeport

I have developed a relationship with my Shepherds' Mentor that will last a lifetime. I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Quinton

Quinton

Kolbe, Bridgeport

My Mentor is really amazing. She went to my dream school, Harvard, and showed me how to set goals and work as hard as you can to achieve them.

shelby

Shelby

Kolbe, Bridgeport

VIDEO TESTIMONIALS

Meet our Students as they share their stories.

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News & Events

Who ARE Shepherds Students September 14th, 2020 - For over 20 years, Shepherds has been empowering inner-city Connecticut teens to build a foundation for success by helping close the educational inequality gap in Fairfield and New Haven counties.… Read More ››
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream August 30th, 2020 - The final day of Cougar Camp 2020 was a great celebration of new friendships and new skills learned by our Shepherds Students. Led by KCHS Teacher Alex Szabo, Shepherds Freshman… Read More ››
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