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.

Giving Tuesday

A financial contribution to Shepherds this Giving Tuesday has a tremendous impact on a local high school student. Shepherds students are successful students who continue their education after high school. Our graduation rate is 95% compared to their Bridgeport and New Haven peers graduation rate at 55-60%. Last year, 100% of our students went on […]

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Tags: Bridgeport, College Preparation, Fairfield County, givingtuesday, Kolbe Cathedral, Mentoring, New Haven, Notre Dame of West Haven, Success,
Shepherds Fall 2020 Mentor/Sponsor Recruiting Season is Now OPEN

There are few things more rewarding than helping change the course of a young person’s life. As a Shepherds Mentor you commit to sharing your time and experience with a student whose life you will certainly positively impact throughout their four-years of high school. As a Shepherds Sponsor, you help financially support our efforts in […]

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Timex Hosts Shepherd Students for Career Day

Shepherds students (pictured here with Timex CEO Tobias Reiss-Schmidt and Timex staff) enjoyed a great day at Timex headquarters in Middlebury, CT. Employees from numerous departments presented their career paths. Timex generously sponsored our Career Day, with supplemental funding from the Near & Far Aid Association in Fairfield, CT. Thank you to Timex staff for providing Shepherd Students […]

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Tags: Appreciation, College Preparation, Connecticut, Graduation, Kolbe Cathedral, Mentoring, nearandfaraid, Notre Dame of West Haven, timex,


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.