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.

Shepherds Celebrates Mentors at NDWH

Shepherds enjoyed hearing from a student alumnus at Shepherds Notre Dame Mentor Appreciation Night. Notre Dame West Haven ’14 alum, Jeenn Barreiro embraced the lessons he learned during his time as a Shepherds student at NDWHS. After high school, he continued his education at College of the Holy Cross, graduating in 2018. Jeenn currently works […]

Posted in: Alumni, In The News, Mentor News, Student Accomplishments,
Tags: Alumni, Appreciation, Community Service, Education, Fairfield County, Mentors, Mentorship, ndwh, Notre Dame of West Haven, Success,
KCHS Seniors Attend Off to College Workshop0

KCHS seniors (pictured) attended workshops with Jane-Ellen Collins at the end of January. Students received a crash-course on what it means to be a freshman in college. Topics covered included roommate issues, laundry, planning a schedule, balancing studies and fun, where to go for academic help and a lot more! Consistently rated a favorite Shepherds […]

Posted in: Events, In The News, Student Accomplishments,
Tags: Bridgeport, College Preparation, Education, Fairfield County, Graduation, Kolbe Cathedral, Kolbe Cathedral High School, Mentorship,
Shepherds Receives Three Key Grants Totaling $22,500

Shepherds is pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded three grants to support the Shepherds program. Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund via the Westport/Weston YMCA granted Shepherds $10,000 to expand our capacity and to serve and to help fund the three parts of the Shepherds program. Inner City Foundation has provided Shepherds with […]

Posted in: Fundraising,
Tags: Bridgeport, Fairfield County, grants, henry e niles foundation, inner city foundation, Mentors, New Haven, westport ymca,


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.