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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Thank you to Biogen for hosting a group of our Passport to College students this week to learn more about careers in Biotech! They really enjoyed the hands on experience. ... See MoreSee Less
THIS Saturday! Any interested teens/young adults can sign up with Agencia ALPHA. ... See MoreSee Less
In case you haven't seen it yet, our newest Annual Report is out! Congratulations to the Boston HERC students featured here and thank you to everyone who makes this work possible. A special thank you, as well, to Passport parent Yulieth Ramos, who designed this Annual Report for us. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to all of our Passport Alumni who came back last night to the Community-based program to share their experiences with current Seniors! Lots of fun and great conversations were had by all. ... See MoreSee Less
THANK YOU! At the end of the year, we set out to raise $15,000 for college experience trips for Passport to College students. You all contributed nearly $40,000! This will allow us to not only provide all the college trips we had planned for this year, but also to provide the many other in person experiences that make a difference for our students. Thank you for making this possible.(Pictured: photos from a recent overnight trip to Gordon College). ... See MoreSee Less
A highlight of this holiday season at the Boston HERC was Founding Executive Director Sam Acevedo's Celebration of 23 Years of Service last month. Thank you so much to all who came and sent messages, and thank you to Passport to College Program Director Isabelle Min for taking these fun pictures! ... See MoreSee Less
We need to raise $15,000 so that all Passport students have access to college campus trips and other field trips this year! Can you help? Visiting college campuses helps students understand firsthand what their college experience can look like and visualize what is possible for their futures. You can read Boston HERC Board Member Sam Afari-Aikin's letter here about why this matters to him, inviting you to join him in meeting this goal here: to make a donation today. Thank you for your support! ... See MoreSee Less
There is still space for Juniors to join the Passport Program this year! Students who participate gain support and mentorship through the entire college process, and throughout their college journey. Juniors meet after school on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Boston HERC at 62 Northampton St. Email Lorena at for more information or use the QR code to apply. ... See MoreSee Less