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.

Eleven Shepherds Students Honored at Kolbe Brunch

Shepherds, in conjunction with Kolbe Cathedral High School, held its annual brunch at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield on Saturday, May 12. The event brings together current Shepherds students enrolled at the school, their mentors, family and staff from both organizations.

Posted in: Student Accomplishments,
Tags: Appreciation, Awards, Bridgeport, College Preparation, Community Service, Connecticut, Education, Graduation, Kolbe Cathedral,
Getting Ready to Celebrate 20 Years of Changing Lives!

In preparation for our 20th Anniversary celebration in October, Shepherds is working with Westport ad agency wsaa and Greenwich videographer Gus Cantavero to videotape interviews with mentors, students and alumni. The team was on site at both Kolbe Cathedral and Notre Dame this week speaking to a number of people whose lives have been changed […]

Posted in: Events,
Tags: Alumni, Appreciation, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Education, Fundraising, Graduation, Kolbe Cathedral, Mentorship, Notre Dame of West Haven,
Notre Dame Alumni Host Marc T. Little, ND ’83, USC ’87, USC Law ’94

Notre Dame Alumnus, LA entertainment lawyer, pastor, author and community builder, Marc. T. Little, returned to campus to visit with other alumni, learn about the school’s Shepherd program and share his experiences.

Posted in: Events,
Tags: Alumni, Appreciation, College Preparation, Connecticut, Education, Graduation, Mentorship, New Haven, Notre Dame of West Haven,


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: fund tuition, sponsor supplemental programs and host 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.