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.

Update During these Unusual Times

Dear Shepherds Community, As the implications of the virus pandemic become more immediate, it’s our sense that the connections that underpin the Shepherds partnership of student-parent-school-mentor-staff are even more relevant.        First, and foremost, we hope and pray that you and your families are well.        Second, the Shepherds staff is on duty […]

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Tags: Bridgeport, Connecticut, covid19, Education, Fairfield County, Kolbe Cathedral, Mentoring, Mentorship, Notre Dame of West Haven,
Message from Executive Director Dan McAuliffe on COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty for me, my family and the world around us. As Shepherds Executive Director, I believe I have a better understanding of what Shepherds students experience each day. Without guidance, they are unsure how to navigate the educational challenges they face. Our students are both economically and educationally disadvantaged. Most […]

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Shepherds 2018-19 Annual Report

This Annual Report presents the intersection of the numbers, events, and the people that define Shepherds’ mission in action. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and the role Shepherds plays in supporting them. We invite you to read our Annual Report and hope it inspires you to support our mission by becoming […]

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Tags: Bridgeport, College Planning, College Preparation, Community Service, Fairfield County, Fundraising, Graduation, Kolbe Cathedral High School, Mentoring, Mentorship, Notre Dame of West Haven, 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.