Model Program

Good Shepherd Services

305 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor
New York City, NY 10001
http://www.goodshepherds.org/

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Contact Information:
Paulette LoMonaco
Executive Director
212.243.7070
GSS@goodshepherds.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:


Urban

Individuals
Clusters/Groups

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The mission of Good Shepherd Services is to surround at-risk New York City youth and their families with a web of supports that promote a safe passage to self-sufficiency. To achieve our mission, we lead in the development of innovative youth development programs; provide quality, effective services that strengthen participants' connections with family, school and community; and advocate on their behalf for broader change.

Program Descriptors Include:
Early Childhood Education, Mentoring/Tutoring, Academic Improvement, Adult Education, Alternative Education, Behavior Management/Discipline, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, Extended-School/Summer Program, Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training, Substance Abuse

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: 1972
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Foundations
Faith Based Organizations
Service Clubs
Donations
Organizations/Agencies

Teachers
Counselors
Volunteers
Social Workers
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

1,290 young people were able to earn a high school diploma or GED through one of our Multiple Pathways to Graduation Programs during the 2008-09 school year. 99% of the children served in our Preventive Programs were able to avoid entering foster care placement during the 2008-09 program year. 100% of children final discharged from our foster boarding home program who did not return to GSS care within one year.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.goodshepherds.org/about/results.html