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Shepherds and NDWH Alumnus Helps in COVID Fight
A substantial number of Shepherds alumni go into health care-related fields upon graduation from college. Doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, biomedical engineers, mental health professionals, and medical researchers are some of the many careers our graduates have pursued. The Shepherds is immensely proud of these men and women who have used the gift of their education and the Shepherds program as a solid base to launch careers where they help others. Jeenn Barriero is one such graduate.
Jeenn was a guest speaker at the beginning of the school year at Notre Dame West Haven. After graduating NDWH, he went on to the College of the Holy Cross where he earned a degree in mathematics and pre-medical studies. Currently, he works as a medical researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
During this public health crisis, he is part of a team that has been working with the Emergency Department at the hospital along with the COVID Health Equity Task Force. His team is a part of the institution’s efforts to support equity for those with limited English during the COVID-19 response.
Shepherds NDWH Coordinator Martha Giammatteo said this when she heard of Jeenn’s recent efforts to help others, “This is absolutely amazing–and knowing Jeenn–the perfect testament to who he is.”
There are other young people in the New Haven and Bridgeport areas that need the support that Shepherds provided Jeenn. Connecticut inner-city schools can have a graduation rates of 55-65%. The additional stress of the COVID-19 public health crisis makes it even more challenging for inner-city schools. The support that Shepherds provides high school students in our program is needed more than ever. Our 20+ year old program makes a big impact. Our graduation rate is 95% and in the past 10 years over 90% of our students have gone on to college.
A donation today can help fund a college preparatory education and academic and life skills training for a young person in New Haven and Bridgeport. Mentors are also needed to help guide our students. We are recruiting mentors for freshman entering high school this fall. Contact Dan McAuliffe at 203-367-4273 or email email@example.com to join us in providing academic opportunities for students.