Shepherds
299 Washington Avenue
Bridgeport CT 06604
Contact Information
Address 299 Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604-
Telephone (203) 367-4273 x
Fax 203-335-2556
E-mail info@shepherdsmentors.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

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.

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
Shepherds is  looking for sponsors and mentors who are interested in partnering with us to change the life of an inner city student. We are currently recruiting mentors for our incoming Class of 2021 Freshmen.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date June 30 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2000
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Daniel R. McAuliffe Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Tim J. Stuart
Board Chair Company Affiliation Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $703,400.00
Projected Expenses $703,450.00
Statements
Mission

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.

Background

Shepherds Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in 1998 by Brendan Fisk, a Fairfield businessman, and Barnet Phillips IV, an attorney from Greenwich. Mr. Phillips continues to serve on Shepherds’ Board of Directors.

Shepherds, Inc. was modeled after the successful Student Sponsor Partnership in New York City. Shepherds’ pilot school was Kolbe Cathedral in Bridgeport with five students. Notre Dame of West Haven was added as a partnership school in 2000 to serve the needs of Shepherds’ students who are at-risk - financially, emotionally or environmentally in the New Haven area. Shepherds’ student population for Fall 2016 is forecast at 90 students.

Shepherds has a proven track record. 100% of the students who go through our program graduate high school and 100% graduate with acceptance into four-year colleges. To date more than 200 students have earned their high school diplomas and earned acceptance into college with well over 90% of them enrolling in institutions of higher learning.

Impact
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 
 
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 
CEO Statement
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. 
Board Chair Statement
I first got involved in the organization as a mentor. The experience was a truly life changing one both for myself and the student I mentored. This was a kid who had been in and out of foster care his whole life. Upon meeting him, I knew it would be difficult as we came from two entirely different worlds. However, over the course of our four year friendship, we were able to truly connect. In him, I saw a young man who needed someone to believe in him and I truly did believe he was capable of anything he put his mind to. It was life changing for me to see the affect that I was able to have on this young man. With some kindness, understanding and support, he pursued a college degree and leveraged his contact with me to land his first job at Deutsche Bank. He is now married and lives in Wilton and he cites his success as a result of the Shepherds program. This success is what encouraged me to get on the Board of Directors of this organization because it brought to life the difference it can have, not just on the individual, but on all future generations to follow. 
 
The challenge that Shepherds has is in recruiting sponsors and mentors for each of our students. When the program first began, we focused on recruiting an individual mentor who was also the students' sponsor. As the program grew and the applications coming in from students exceeded the available slots, it became harder to grow the program. We then decided to apply for funding from foundations so that we could recruit a younger mentor base. Our new model allows us to leverage multiple revenues of income to help our young people and we are always looking to add new sources of revenue to reach as many young people as possible.
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Adult, Child Matching Programs
Areas Served
New Haven
Other
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%
Programs
Description
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. 
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / At-Risk Populations / Minorities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. By the end of their senior year of high school, 100% of our students will have graduated. This is phenomenal when you compare it to the New Haven Public School graduation rate of 70.5%.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The success of our program will be measured by the percentage of youth graduating from high school and moving on to enroll in an institution of higher learning. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We measure the success of the program with two measures:
1. Improvement on standardized tests
2. Improvement in grades 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. 100% of the students who have gone through our program have graduated from high school. Additionally, each of our students over the lifetime of the program has earned admission into college with full or partial financial aid. Further, over 90% of our students since the inception of the program have enrolled in a college or university.
Description

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 succeed
  • Tailored online academic help targeting their individual academic weaknesses, via Khan Academy
  • Intensive SAT prep
  • 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
  • "Off to College” workshops, college visits and college fairs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / At-Risk Populations /
Description

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.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / At-Risk Populations / Minorities
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Daniel R. McAuliffe Jr.
Term Start Sept 2015
Email dmcauliffe@shepherdsmentors.org
Experience
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.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 104
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate 50%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms. Norma Darragh Jan 2000 - Jan
Ms. Kathleen Pierce Mar 2015 - Sept 2015
Senior Staff
Title Director of Programming
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Mr. Tim J. Stuart
Company Affiliation Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Term Jan 2011 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Patricia Calanca ShirtWhiz
Mr. Michael D. Griffin Money Media Inc
Ms. Melinda Hamilton ZC Healthcare
Mr. Daniel R. McAuliffe DRM Advisory
Ms. Ruby Melton
Mr. Mark Milano Attorney - Self Employed
Mr. David E. Moran Marketing Driven Solutions
Mr. Barnet Phillips IVSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Ms. Carrie Sindelar Greef Fabrics
Mr. Louis Taylor Paulson & Co.
Ms. Tyrell M. Taylor Ingalls, Quinn & Johnson
Mr. Thomas Wynne
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Risk Management Provisions
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Board Co-Chair
Mr. Michael D. Griffin
Company Affiliation Money Media
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2018
Email griffin180@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
By-laws
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $703,400.00
Projected Expenses $703,450.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$589,796$489,111$541,265
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$19,274$20,732$19,534
Investment Income, Net of Losses$78$107--
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$230,190--
Revenue In-Kind------
Other($450)($33,828)--
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$604,239$547,831$498,976
Administration Expense$55,660$21,731$26,224
Fundraising Expense$36,561$28,002$4,625
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.871.181.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%92%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%4%1%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$278,449$364,172$239,434
Current Assets$86,634$192,871$153,724
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$26,403$24,019$12,849
Total Net Assets$252,046$340,108$226,585
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam Pitt Foundation $20,000Laure Sudreau Foundation $27,000William Pitt Foundation $20,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInner City Foundation $10,000William Pitt Foundation $20,000General Electric $17,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHeisman Trophy Trust $10,000General Electric $17,500Inner City Foundation $10,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.288.0311.96
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments As the organization continues to grow, we have expanded our professional base so that we may continue on a healthy expansion trajectory. Thus, to address our increase in professional salary expenses and potential operating deficit, we plan on a release of restricted funds from our savings to cover this potential deficit. However, we are confident that our fundraising efforts will bring us to a break-even point by end of year.
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 299 Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Primary Phone 203 367-4273
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Daniel R. McAuliffe Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Tim J. Stuart
Board Chair Company Affiliation Louis Dreyfus Commodities

 

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