Passport students from Eastie visit Lesley

Boston is an academic and economic hub: a destination for students from around the world.

Yet Boston youth, who could be first in their families to graduate college, are too often not accessing these same opportunities.

Boston HERC is changing that. Passport students are on a journey to Destination. . . Greatness!


What We Do

Equip first-generation-to-college high school students with the resources, connections, and skills they need to get in and stick through college, and launch careers

What You Can Do

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Interested students and families are encouraged to apply!

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17 hours ago

Congratulations to Passport Senior Celineydi who is headed to UMass Amherst in the Fall to major in Public Health! She received the Red Pine Scholarship. Red Pine scholars receive a four-year scholarship of up to $20,000 annually, plus individual mentoring and funding for enrichment opportunities. We're so excited for you Celineydi! ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Congratulations to Passport Seniors, so many of whom selected their final enrollment choices last week as Decision Day approached! And a special congratulations to Yasmin who is headed to UMass Boston in the Fall to study nursing. From Yasmin: "In college I’m looking forward to meeting new people, learning new things and going through new experiences! Shoutout to {Passport Coaches] Chelsie, Robert, and Shelly for helping me throughout the whole college process and making it less stressful. I really appreciate all that they do to help us become successful in college."Congrats! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Vacunas HOY en East Boston. Vaccines in East Boston today. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Shout out to Michael, Passport Senior at East Boston High School. When he’s not dominating in football he’s dominating his college applications. Inspired to fulfill his dreams of a career in education and youth development, he has applied to NINE colleges, encouraged to take the world by storm. He’s celebrating 3 acceptances so far to Curry College, Nichols College, and Framingham State, and waiting on 6 more. Congrats Michael! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Boston HERC Coaches, who have been working in person with students all school year in our in-person learning space got vaccinated yesterday at the mobile vaccine clinic at Congregación León de Judá.Thank you Agencia ALPHA, CLJ, and Whittier Street Health Center. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Who is looking forward to more outdoor time as temperatures warm up this week? Enjoy the Spring weather and keep up your mask wearing! #mymaskmipoder ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Thanks to the Boston Public Health Commission, this week we are able to get out $10,000 worth of groceries and PPE to Passport families and alumni who are quarantined with covid or otherwise financially stressed.If you would like to help build our emergency response funds for us to continue serving families as we need to, please take a moment to donate. We are only $500 away from hitting our $5,000 goal with a few days left to go in the year!Donation link: bostonherc.org/donate Pictured: Team members put together holiday care packages for alumni who just finished their remote semesters last week. ... See MoreSee Less