About the Shepherds


Founded in 1984, Shepherds of Youth Charitable Trust is an organization of men and women who support the efforts of the Vocationist Fathers, Sisters, and especially Saint Michael School in Newark, NJ.

SOY runs a number of fundraisers and events throughout the year to assist Saint Michael School, nurseries and daycare centers around Newark, and the Vocationist Fathers and Sisters who run them. They are famous for their fund raising events, including a Cigar Smoke and Golf Classic.

It’s impossible to talk about SOY without looking at some of the organizations they support: Saint Michael School, the nurseries, daycares, and the Vocationist Fathers and Sisters who help them.

SOY offers financial assistance and support for Saint Michael School through a variety of programs. Located in an impoverished area of Newark, NJ, Saint Michael School has many unique challenges. Many of its students come from low income families, and its student body is comprised of a multitude of students from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds and social statuses. Many of the students are immigrants.

The nurseries and daycares run by the Vocationist Sisters ensure that working mothers and fathers have a safe place to send their young children during the day. Children are taught to love learning in a safe, fun-filled environment. Children learn about basic social kids, manners, respect for authority, and responsibility. Many children from the nurseries and daycares go on to continue their education at Saint Michael School.

SOY is a group truly dedicated to ensuring that every child has the ability to receive an excellent education, and they support the Vocationist Fathers and Sisters who help the children daily.