CHANGING LIVES… ONE STUDENT AT A TIME. Shepherds empowers inner-city Connecticut youth to build a foundation for success by providing a college-preparatory education at a non-public high school, academic and life skills, and the positive role model and support of a Shepherds Mentor.

Mentor and student
Notre Dame West Haven Alumnus Gives Back

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 that mentors were needed,” said Mike. That conversation with his father’s friend was an ah-ha moment for Mike, “After college, I realized that there was […]

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Tags: Alumni, College Preparation, Education, Fundraising, Mentors, Mentorship, ndwh, New Haven, Notre Dame of West Haven,
Shepherds Celebrates the Class of 2020

At this time of year, Shepherds would be usually be gathering together to celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments and high school graduations. With the health crisis, we are unable to host in-person celebrations. However, that does not diminish our pride in our graduates. Our students’ hard work and determination, coupled with support from their family, Shepherds […]

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Tags: Alumni, Appreciation, Bridgeport, College Planning, College Preparation, Connecticut, COVID-19, Education, Fairfield County, Graduation, Kolbe Cathedral, Kolbe Cathedral High School, Mentoring, Mentorship, ndwh, Notre Dame of West Haven, Success,
An Important Message from Shepherds Board of Directors

Please read the important message from our Board of Directors (Click image below to enlarge)

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Tags: College Preparation, community, Education, educational equity, Fairfield County, Mentoring, Success,


Shepherds students are ambitious teenagers who, with their families, recognize the advantage in looking beyond the resources of their local public school system and support network. Read more.


Shepherds sponsors and mentors change lives, one student at a time. By mentoring students and funding their education, they greatly increase a student’s ability to succeed. Read more.


There are many ways trusts, foundations, corporate and community funds can partner with Shepherds: funding tuition, sponsoring supplemental programs and hosting career days. Read more.


Shepherds partners with private schools that offer college prep curricula at a manageable cost to students seeking greater challenges in a disciplined and structured environment. Read more.