Your Financial Support of Shepherds has Made a Big Impact

For more than two decades Shepherds has been working to close the education opportunity gap in Southwestern Connecticut. Our students both graduate on time and enroll in college at much higher rates than their peers in their communities. Shepherds Students graduate high school on time at a rate in line with neighboring suburbs like Fairfield,

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Help Shepherds Continue Our Work at Closing the Opportunity Gap

Since 1998, Shepherds’ singular mission has been to help close the opportunity gap for underserved, inner-city Connecticut youths. The pandemic experience and its aftermath have only widened the social and financial disparities for many in these communities. Shepherds comprehensive program providing educational opportunity, the personal guidance of a mentor, and life skills training have allowed

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Shepherds received great news this summer – three of Shepherds’ foundation donors increase their grants to Shepherds!

Dear Shepherds Friend, Each year Shepherds applies for grants from approximately 15 – 20 private family, corporate and community foundations to help fund elements of Shepherds programs not covered by mentors, individual sponsors, donors and Board of Directors. Foundation grants typically contribute 15-20% of our total annual budget. They help fund tuition expenses, mentor programming and support,

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Increases Their Support by 20%

Going back six years, Shepherds started a mutually beneficial relationship with the Exchange Club of New Canaan. Shepherds mentor – student teams volunteer their time to work at the Exchange Club’s annual Christmas Tree Sale in New Canaan. It’s been a great community service activity for mentors and students at the time of year when giving back is most