Author Archives: Jackie Gratz

Shepherds/Kolbe Cathedral HS Celebrates the End of the Year and the Class of 2023

This past Saturday, the Shepherds/Kolbe Cathedral community enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast and celebrated the completion of Shepherds’ 24th year of Changing Lives… One Student at a Time. Nine members of the Shepherds Class of 2023 and their mentors traded speeches of appreciation and admiration. The graduating seniors all have plans to attend college in

Shepherds and Notre Dame HS Celebrate Seniors and End of the Year

Shepherds students, mentors, families and staff celebrated the end of a successful school year at Notre Dame on Wednesday, April 26 in the Collins Auditorium at Notre Dame. For our Class of 2023 Seniors this celebratory dinner honored them, and their past accomplishments as well as their future endeavors. Congratulations to all and especially to

Shepherds Goes to College!

On Thursday, April 13th, Shepherds Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors visited Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and The College of The Holy Cross, both in Worcester, MA. Students were able to see first-hand what college looks and feels like. Taking a tour at both colleges, students interacted with current college students, saw dorm rooms and even ate

Arcade fun for Everyone!

Our Shepherds groups from Kolbe Cathedral HS and Notre Dame HS, West Haven, headed to the Shelton Sports Center on March 29th for a neon-filled afternoon of arcade games and laser tag. Shepherds mentors and students showed their skills at pinball, the “claw” machine, car racing and more. Every mentor and student became a kid

Shepherds Students Get Expressive…in Writing!

Shepherds Expressive Writing Workshop is underway for Freshmen and Sophomores. Presented by Ms. Nancy Day, Journalist, Professor & Chair of Journalism Department at Colombia College, Chicago and Ms. Allison Waggener, Yale University Graduate and Writing Coach, students got expressive and even active as they participated in exercises such as acting out expressive verbs and learned

Shepherds 25th Anniversary GALA Honors Barney & Sharon Phillips

The idea for creating a mentor oriented, financial support non-profit didn’t just descend from the clouds, although it could be called an inspired mission. Barnet (Barney) Phillips, then a partner at firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LP, brought his insights and experience as a founding member of Student Sponsored Partners in NYC and

Educate & Empower –Save the Date to Celebrate 25 Years of Changing Lives… One Student at a Time

Since 1998, Shepherds has been embarked on a mission to close the opportunity gap for underserved and under resourced young people in Connecticut’s inner cities. In our first year, we served five students at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport. In the intervening 25 years, over 350 Shepherds students have successfully graduated from high school