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

Join the HERC Village

Make a Donation to support our students

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Join the Passport Program

Interested students and families are encouraged to apply!

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Thank you Boston HERC supporters for making our 25th Anniversary Celebration so special! Together, we raised $77,000 to support our first-generation students through expanded programming. We still have $8,000 left to reach our matching goal in the last few days of our fiscal year. If you are planning to give, there's is still time for your gift to be matched. You can give at Here's to the next 25 years of making a difference together! Thank you Tom and Nancy CFlour Bakery+CafeakFidelity InvestmentsnvLiberty Mutual Insurance ICongregación León de JudáónEastern BankstUniversity of MassachusettssaThe Boston FoundationFoState Street CorporationorUnited Way of Massachusetts Bayusetts Bay, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Emmanuel Gospel Center, Symphony Church, Housing Families, Rooted in Restoration, Estrada and Associates Realty, and Marco Technologies. ... See MoreSee Less
It was beautiful to see so many of you Celebrating 25 Years of Destination Greatness last night! Thank YOU! Our event's Silent Auction is still LIVE until 11:45pm tonight. You've still got a chance to get some great items like Urban Nutcracker tickets, an art workshop, a laptop, an apple watch, or more, all while supporting programming for our first-generation students. You can bid here: ... See MoreSee Less
LAST DAY to buy your tickets for Boston HERC's Celebrating 25 Years of Destination Greatness! This is our most important fundraiser of the year, and we would love for you to be part of it. Join us on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at The Boston Foundation (75 Arlington St. Boston MA). There will be time to connect with one another, including many of our students and alumni. You'll enjoy delicious appetizers, drinks, and desserts, a photo booth, and live Latin jazz music. Tickets available here: here is Passport Coach Michael Gonzalez celebrating with his Seniors on their last day of school at Margarita Muñiz Academy. None of us get where we are going on our own, and these are some of the wonderful young people whose journeys we are privileged to support together. ... See MoreSee Less
Shout out to our many amazing Boston HERC students who have graduated from 2 and 4 year colleges this month! Here is Emilio who just graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with a degree in Game Design. Emilio is heading on to a Bachelor's Degree in Game Design next. He shares, "This was not just my journey and I want to say that I stand proud of the people who have been on this journey with me and I'm forever grateful. Boston HERC has helped me throughout my time in college with mentoring and advising."There's 5 days left to get your ticket to Boston HERC's 25th Anniversary Celebration. All funds raised go to programming for the many students who deserve our support. None of us get where we are going on our own. You can help out by getting your ticket here: ... See MoreSee Less
Our students had a blast at their year end celebration last week, and now it's only 4 weeks until Boston HERC's 25th Anniversary Celebration! You can get your tickets now here: Thank you to our geneThe Boston FoundationFoundation. And to our other event Eastern BankstState Street CorporationorFidelity InvestmentsnvFlour Bakery+Cafeakery+Cafe, Beth Israel LaheLesley UniversityUnUnited Way of Massachusetts BayusUniversity of Massachusettssachusetts, Rooted in Restoration, Symphony Church, Darwin Diaz Contracting, and Marco Technologies! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Anchor Boston for helping pack gifts for our first-generation Seniors and for all of your support! We appreciate you. ... See MoreSee Less
Starting off the new year with good news! We have officially been named a 2024 Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Awards grant recipient! Chick-fil-A Dedham, we can’t wait to use this funding to further our work serving first-generation students in our community. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy New Year to all of Boston HERC’s supporters! We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with each of our first-generation young people, including those like Javier Suarez, who continue to give back years later. Our recent year end celebration was at Doña Habana. Thank you Nivia and Hector for generously gifting us a celebration once again. For those who couldn’t join us, here is a bit of what Javier shared that evening. Cheers to a New Year ahead of serving many more first-generation students together! ... See MoreSee Less