History


Above: Shepherds Founder, Mr. Barnet Phillips IV

Shepherds, Inc., a non-denominational, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was founded in Fairfield County, Connecticut in 1998 and was modeled on the successful NYC Student Sponsor Partners.

 
Shepherds’ pilot school was Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport which remains a core Shepherds school partner today in providing educational opportunities to young men and women in the Bridgeport area.

Our other school afilliation currently, Notre Dame High School – West Haven was added as a Shepherds partner school in 2000 to serve the needs of qualified students in the West Haven / New Haven area. Over its 17-year history, several other private schools in Fairfield and New Haven counties have partnered with Shepherds successfully, but with smaller populations of Shepherds students.

In our first year there were just five students in the Program. For the academic year 2015-16, there are 85 Shepherds students: 24 young men and 28 young women at Kolbe Cathedral High School and 33 young men at Notre Dame-West Haven.

Shepherds relies upon the generosity of both time and financial support from many people, foundations and community funds in making an impact on student lives in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Large corporations have generously supported life skills and test prep workshops, hosted “job sharing days” and provided individual Mentors to the Shepherds program.

Shepherds Board today includes one of the founders of the organization, Barney Phillips, as well as several Board members who have been generous supporters, mentors and active contributors to building, shaping and guiding Shepherds. Today’s Board has several recently added Directors who have increased the engagement and participation of not only the Board but also Mentors, sponsors and school partners.

It’s a dynamic, cooperative and synergistic team whose sole mission is “Changing Lives…One Student at a Time”!

We expect and look forward to sharing this journey of continued success!