Educational Institutions

Shepherds Inc

  • Darien, CT
  • www.shepherdsmentors.org

Mission Statement

Shepherds' mission is to decrease the achievement gap and increase the high school graduation rate in Connecticut's inner cities. We do this by providing youth who are at-risk - academically, financially and emotionally - with a quality, college preparatory high school education and the introduction of a positive role model, a Mentor, who fills a void in their lives.

Main Programs

  1. Sponsor/Mentor/Student Relationships
Service Areas

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Connecticut

Since inception in 1998, Shepherds – a grassroots, nondenominational nonprofit – has served at-risk inner city Connecticut students in Bridgeport and New Haven. Through the generosity of individual benefactors, foundations, corporations and local organizations, 270+ at-risk youth's lives have been changed. To-date, over 200 students have earned their high school diplomas, over 90% of whom have enrolled in institutions of higher learning. For the seventh consecutive year, 100% of our graduates have earned college acceptances in districts where dropout rates soar as high as 54.9%

ruling year

2000

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Daniel McAuliffe

Keywords

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Mentoring; Education; At-Risk Inner City Youth; Connecticut

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Also Known As

SHEPHERDS

EIN

31-1724639

 Number

7106864503

Physical Address

299 Washington Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06604

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Sponsor/Mentor/Student Relationships

The Shepherds program addresses the emotional and financial needs of low income, inner city students by giving them the adequate resources needed to succeed.

First – Tuition. Provide the additional financial support that allows these students to attend a quality college preparatory high school which gives them the supportive small-class environment that they need to succeed.

Second - College Prep. Upon enrollment, many of our students come to us one or two grade levels behind their peers in math and reading. Our mission is to help them overcome these handicaps and reduce the gaping achievement gap compared to their more affluent peers. To do this, we provide an extensive college prep program, consisting of the following endeavors:

• Intensive summer “Achievement Camp”
• Study, organizational and social skills workshops to give them the tools to succeed academically
• Tailored, online academic help which targets their individual areas of weakness, via Khan Academy
• Intensive SAT prep occurring throughout the first three years
• Financial literacy workshops
• Interview technique workshops
• Career days at Fortune 500 headquarters and smaller companies to expose them to a wide spectrum of career ideas and possibilities
• Cultural enrichment activities
• College visits, College Fairs and “Off to College” workshops

Third – Mentoring. A Mentor-Mentee relationship is established at the beginning of each student’s freshman year. Our mentors are the backbone of our program because they provide the emotional support for the typical adolescent struggles of academic and social pressures and serve as role models to our students. In addition, mentors open up windows to the world outside of life in the inner city, which bring experiences that help our students overcome cultural test biases when taking their SATs. Further, our Mentors help guide students into potential career fields, identify colleges that best serve their Mentees, and perhaps most importantly, act as a dedicated cheerleader to their students at a time when many of our teens may not have such a person in their lives. Each mentor is interviewed, screened, trained and matched to their student after completing a background check.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Shepherds students face three major life hurdles. The first is graduating from high school. The second is earning entry into college and the third hurdle is accessing adequate financial support to enroll/attend. Shepherds meets the need of these “at-risk youth" who could 'fall through the cracks' in a large, inner city public high school, acknowledging that emotional, social and financial issues directly impact dropout rates and their ability to make personal decisions that could have lifelong consequences.

    Education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty and ensuring long-term success. College graduates earn at least $1 million more over their lifetimes than high school dropouts and save taxpayers billions in lost revenue, reduced economic activity and government subsidized services (Building a Graduate Nation, 2012).

    Shepherds' challenge is to inspire our students to become independent, proactive young adults with the self-confidence and skill -set to break away from stereotypes, their peers, the comfort of their neighborhoods and even their Parent or Guardian as they aspire toward a brighter future. With support from the Summer of their incoming Freshman years through the summer of their Post-Graduation, Shepherds will have ensured their potential for maximum academic and personal successes.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Shepherds addresses these issues with an evolving program – now six steps. 1st step is acceptance into the Program offering access to a college prep curriculum in a structured, nurturing and disciplined environment. 2nd step involves pairing the student with an Adult Mentor who fills a void in their lives with one-on-one attention which serves as a catalyst for the student to stay in school, work to their full academic potential and aspire toward higher education. 3rd step – Shepherds College Prep, Access & Readiness Program – a collaborative initiative between Staff, Administrators, Mentors and independent organizations providing SAT Prep, college application and interviewing resources and financial aid workshops for parents, most of whom lack a high school diploma. Steps 1 and 2 work: 86%+ retention rate. Mentoring provides marked improvements in focus and behavioral issues (attendance, tardiness, and attitude). Step 3 works: 100% (Classes '07-'13) accepted to institutions of higher learning with ample financial/scholarship aid to attend. 4th Step: Toolkit for Self- Mastery Success Pilot: Workshops focusing on 3 key areas: 1) Study Skills and Organization Skills; 2) Social Skills; and 3) Self-Mastery Skills. 5th Step: 1) Summer Math and Reading/Language Boot Camps prior to Freshman Year; and 2) Post-Graduate "Summer Melt" Prevention Program, providing college enrollment support. New 6th Step: Weekly Math Tutoring Session availability on-site.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Shepherds depends on the generosity of individual benefactors, corporations and foundations for sponsorship funding toward student tuition along with the commitment of time, energy, direction and support from the Mentors who work one-on-one with our young people through all four years of high school. In addition, the dedication and expertise from the Guidance and Administration Departments of our partnerships schools contributes toward guaranteeing that students have the resources needed to reach their full academic and personal potential.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Shepherds' key measurements of success are 1) Program Retention/High School Graduation Rates - performance rate to-date of 87%+ in districts where dropout rates soar as high as 54.9%; and 2) pursuit of higher education - 100% of the graduates earning college acceptances for the seventh consecutive year.Program effectiveness will be measured by 1) academic growth in achievement of "grade level" scores, 2) high school graduation; and 3) pursuit of post-secondary education with access to ample financial support. Efficacy of the College Prep, Readiness & Access Program will be measured by actual SAT and ACT scores. For Class of 2013 students who were involved in Program, SAT Scores on the Reading and Verbal portions increased, on average, 22.5%. Impact of the Mentor/Student relationship also also measured by changes in behavioral issues such as reduced absences, tardiness, etc.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Shepherds has continued to expand financial funding, achieving the Fall 2013 target of 31 incoming Freshmen sponsorships, resulting in a population of 90 students across three partnership schools. Increased Foundation and Corporate support toward the College Prep, Access & Readiness and Toolkit for Success Programs has afforded Shepherds with the resources to provide support for students throughout all four years of high school, starting with Boot Camps during the summer prior to Freshman year through the summer prior to college their freshman year. Shepherds' goals are to expand Administrative Staff in order to provide additional Mentor resource capabilities, explore additional High School partnerships and develop Programs to enable us to develop and maintain communication with our Student Alumni base.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Since inception in 1998, Shepherds – a grassroots, nondenominational nonprofit – has served at-risk inner city Connecticut students in Bridgeport and New Haven. Through the generosity of individual benefactors, foundations, corporations and local organizations, 270+ at-risk youth's lives have been changed. To-date, over 200 students have earned their high school diplomas, over 90% of whom have enrolled in institutions of higher learning. For the seventh consecutive year, 100% of our graduates have earned college acceptances in districts where dropout rates soar as high as 54.9%

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Shepherds Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Executive Director

Mr. Daniel McAuliffe

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Timothy Stuart

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