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

July 2020 Update from Shepherds’ Executive Director July 27th, 2020 - Dear Shepherds Friends: Here we are in the heart and the heat of the summer… with not much else certain other than the sun will come up tomorrow and it… Read More ››
Notre Dame West Haven Alumnus Gives Back June 19th, 2020 - This is NDWH ’11 Mike DeChello’s second time as a mentor. “A few years ago, my father’s friend, Mark Milano, reached out to me and told me about Shepherds and… Read More ››