Participant Success Stories
There’s no better way to learn about the impact Good Shepherd has on individual lives and the communities in which we work than by hearing from our program participants themselves. This section is devoted to spotlighting just a few of the thousands of children, youth and families we help each year. They have made great strides in their journey toward a more positive future and we are proud to share with you their stories and their successes.
Visiting Reuben in His Forever Family
Timmy Cuevas is a member of the Homefinding Department at Good Shepherd Services' Family Foster Care program in the Bronx. Each day he works to find loving, supportive homes for the children and youth who come into our care. more
Keeping in Step with Tenaja
We follow Tenaja from the fall of 2011, when she was about to step foot onto the campus of Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), and through her obstacles to her recent acceptance to her dream school, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. more
Jomuelle Anicet (known as “Jay”) is the first Good Shepherd Services’ Brooklyn LifeLink program participant to successfully complete an Associate’s Degree. Jay started at New York City College of Technology in the fall of 2010 and was among the program’s first incoming Fall 2010 cohort. Since finding the LifeLink program at an outreach event at Lincoln High School, Jay showed great dedication and commitment to her postsecondary education goals from the beginning.
Iman, Groundwork for Success
As a senior at the High School for Legal Studies in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Iman was sure of one thing -going away for college. A long-time resident of East New York, Brooklyn, she was eager to explore a different atmosphere and figure out what it meant to be on her own. more
Lidia, Family Reception Center
Most evenings, Lidia and her family sit down and share an uninterrupted meal together. Through her involvement with Good Shepherd Service's Family Reception Center, Lidia has learned that regularly sharing a meal helps her family to improve the ways in which they communicate and reinforces how important they are to each other. more
Camonghne, Bronx Community High School
Camonghne, a 2010 graduate of Bronx Community High School and an accomplished poet, reigns as New York City Youth Poet of the Year. She was crowned with this title in September 2010 when she won the Nuyorican Neophyte Youth Poet of the Year Slam. Now a freshman at Hostos Community College, Camonghne is currently a Finalist in the Knicks Poetry Slam and will compete in the Finale on February 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. Hostos recently featured a profile on this talented young woman on their website.
Wei Song Chen, Access GED
Wei Song Chen, a 21 year old native of China, considers himself an optimist, and he certainly has much to be positive about. This spring, he became an American citizen, passed the GED on his third attempt and was recently accepted to Year Up, a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits and corporate internships. Wei radiates enthusiasm and happiness about all that is unfolding for him but it is clear that he has had to overcome many challenges to reach this more hopeful time in his life. more
Nekisha, West Brooklyn Community High School
Nekisha is a busy young woman-a full-time student in her junior year at New York City Technical College with a 3.5 GPA while holding down a job as a paralegal at a Brooklyn law firm. Today, she is actively pursuing her dream of becoming a lawyer, but just five years ago, she wasn't sure if she would even graduate from high school. more