Educational Institutions

Shepherds

  • Bridgeport, 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 throughout their four years of high school.

Main Programs

  1. Shepherds Tuition Assistance
  2. Shepherds College Prep Program
  3. Shepherds Mentoring Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

The Shepherds program works with inner-city Connecticut youth living in low-income families experiencing intergenerational or situational poverty. 38% of the population we serve is centered in the City of New Haven, where the graduation rate is 70.5%

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Daniel R. McAuliffe

Keywords

Self-reported

Youth Development, Decreasing the Achievement Gap, Increasing the High School Graduation Rate, Mentors, Shepherds Mentors

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Also Known As

Shepherds, Inc.

EIN

31-1724639

 Number

7106864503

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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?

Overview

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Last year's Accomplishments:-100% of the students who went through our program graduated from high school - Each of our students over the lifetime of the program has earned admission into college all with full or partial financial aid- Over 90% of our students since the inception of the program have enrolled in a college or university-All 69 students currently enrolled in the program have a mentor who has been screened and trained Goals for the current year:-Increase funding to be able to take on 10 additional students for the Class of 2021-Recruit, screen and train mentors for our incoming Freshman class -Graduate 100% of our current students with acceptances into college and plenty of financial aid

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

Shepherds Tuition Assistance

The youth that we serve need the personal attention and support of small class sizes which are not available at the public school level. They typically come to us with an academic achievement gap that is at least two or three grade levels behind their more affluent peers in the state. To provide access to small classes, Shepherds partners with affordable private preparatory schools who can provide the one-on-one help and personalized support that our students need. While our students' families are expected to pay a small stipend to help with the cost of tuition, Shepherds, in partnership with the schools, provides tuition assistance to the students in our program. This is our organization's greatest financial need.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$415,670.00

Program 2

Shepherds College Prep Program

Upon enrollment, our students come to us two to three grade levels behind their peers in math and reading. Our mission is to help them overcome these handicaps and reduce their achievement gap compared to their more affluent peers. To help them overcome this handicap, we have developed an extensive college prep program, which consists of the following endeavors:Intensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) achievement camps which focus on boosting their reading comprehension and math skills using fun, 21st century based curricula Study, organizational skills and social skills workshops to give them the necessary skills to succeedTailored online academic help targeting their individual academic weaknesses, via Khan AcademyIntensive SAT prepFinancial 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 possibilitiesCultural enrichment activities"Off to College"" workshops, college visits and college fairs

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$47,000.00

Program 3

Shepherds Mentoring Program

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 a role model to our students. In addition, mentors open up another window to the world outside of life in the inner-city, which brings cultural 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

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$31,800.00

Charting Impact

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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

The Shepherds program works with inner-city Connecticut youth living in low-income families experiencing intergenerational or situational poverty. 38% of the population we serve is centered in the City of New Haven, where the graduation rate is 70.5%

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Funding Needs

Our most pressing needs are as follows:-Sponsor recruitment to cover the tuition, college prep and mentor recruitment needs for our inner city students (Tuition costs hover around $7,000 per student, college prep costs at $2,400 per student and mentor recruitment and training costs around $1,500 per student)-Mentor recruitment for each incoming Freshman (we look for speaking engagements at community organizations and use advertising and PR in local publications)-Volunteer recruitment to help run the day to day needs of the organization-Board of Director recruitment-Corporate relationships to help us establish career days for our students

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Financials

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Shepherds Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Shepherds

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Daniel R. McAuliffe

BIO

Dan McAuliffe has been actively involved as a Shepherds Board Member for the past 3 years. He is a mentor and sponsor to two Shepherds students attending Kolbe Cathedral High School. This experience, along with his long career in the private sector and his extensive community contact made him an ideal Executive Director. In his private sector business experience, Dan was a long time Executive of Citigroup and its predecessor firms where he built and operated a broad spectrum of alternative investment businesses.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Our students are ambitious teenagers who face many obstacles to success including low math and reading levels, lack of a positive role model and sometimes, limited English proficiency. These students want to overcome the odds to not become an inner-city statistic and are motivated at the thought of closing the achievement gap that separates them and their more affluent peers. The success of our program is not based on accepting A+ students from public schools. Instead, we look for the students who are often several grade levels behind, but whom guidance counselors have identified as those who have the capacity to excel if given both the opportunity and the emotional support. What makes our program truly different is the emotional support that we provide each and every student. This comes at them from all angles, from the small classes provided by our partner schools, to the really involved administration who looks at the struggles of each student and their families, to the student's mentor who is their personal source of encouragement. A Mentor-Student 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 a role model to our students. In addition, mentors open up another window to the world outside of life in the inner-city, which brings cultural 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 source of encouragement 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. This supportive environment coupled with a detailed college prep program continues to produce remarkable results in helping to close the achievement gap in the community of Bridgeport. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tim J. Stuart

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2018

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