Young people are New York City’s single largest resource. Our continued success and prosperity depend on how well we prepare them for the future. But in neighborhoods stressed by poverty, all too many children and youth don’t get the opportunities that can allow them to achieve long-term success.
Good Shepherd Services goes where children, youth, and families face the greatest challenges and provides resources that build on their inherent strengths to help them thrive. We operate over 80 programs, which help nearly 30,000 youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York City. All of our programs are united by a common goal—to create opportunities that help our participants succeed at school, at home, and in their community.
The need we fill
We go where the need is greatest—where problems are deeply entrenched, obstacles are high, and neighborhoods are often untouched by other support systems.
Good Shepherd is different—our confidence in NYC’s youth and families, combined with our track record of success, shows us that with the right approach, real change is possible even in the most challenging of environments.
When parents receive the support they need, their children succeed. Families often need targeted support to connect them to resources that will help them succeed and build enduring relationships with one another and the community.
Schools in communities stressed by poverty are often unable to provide the balance of academic, social, and emotional support we know is critical for students’ success. When Good Shepherd is able to fill the gaps with targeted, high-quality school programs, students are empowered to overcome enormous obstacles and seize opportunities for success.
A strong, connected community can offer the safety, mentorship, and pride that bolsters young people along their path to success. But in many of the neighborhoods we serve, the challenges that often accompany poverty—including high unemployment, low-wage jobs, crime, and incarceration—stand in the way of this potential. Good Shepherd therefore works in partnership with local leaders, volunteers, and businesses to address local challenges and support young people.