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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Interested students and families are encouraged to apply!

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1 week ago

Joyfully . . . the Boston HERC ended 2021 with a bang!Thanks to your generous year-end support, we surpassed our initial goal by tripling it and raising $15,951 Thank you!Here’s to a New Year, and all that we will be able to do with your continued help. Your support is connecting a corps of 8 Coaches, and our Alumni Success Coach, with hundreds of Boston–area high school and college students, who will be the first in their generation to earn a college degree. Your contribution to their journey is priceless. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you want to hear more directly what is happening at the Boston HERC and how you can get involved. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

You too are an Unsung Hero! Help us reach a $5,000 giving match!Passport Coach Nigesca Maxime shares this story: "One of my fondest memories while working at the Boston HERC was when one of my students once described me as their "unsung hero." Those kind words continue to enforce that idea that you never know what kind of impact you are making on someone. Often our students don't feel like they have someone supporting them on this journey and might want to give up. Having our support reminds them that they can achieve the goals they set for themselves. Seeing us, other first-generation college graduates, helps them see that their goals are attainable to reach."Your support today will make you an "unsung hero" by helping us continue to build deep relationships with our students on their journey to greatness! www.bostonherc.org/donate/ ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Last week, a group of our Community Based program students joined their coach for a self-guided tour of Boston University. Tours like this provide our students with a glimpse of what college life is like. They asked amazing questions! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Our Community Based program is now in full swing. Students are beginning to build community and explore what it means to be a 1st Generation to College student.We still have limited spaces remaining for 11th Graders. Students can apply now: bit.ly/apply2passport or email infopassport@bostonherc.org for more information. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

We hope to see you at the BPS College, Career & STEM fair on Saturday! Always a great way to connect with a number of colleges and great community resources (like Boston HERC)! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Today is October 1! That means the FAFSA is now open for the 2022-23 school year. Current Passport to College Seniors and Passport alumni, now is the time to create your FAFSA completion plan for this year. Need support? Please reach out to your coach! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Students! Don't miss out on this Virtual College Fair happening next week with schools throughout the Northeast. To learn more and sign-up visit virtualcollegefairs.org or talk to your Passport to College Coach. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Calling all High School Juniors! We are still enrolling students for our Afterschool Passport to College program this year. But space is limited. Apply now- bit.ly/apply2passport ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Boston HERC team today in our first back to school team meeting! Most students in the Alumni Success Program started their college classes yesterday, our Passport after school students are coming back together this afternoon in our Roxbury program space, and our Passport students based in our BPS partner schools start tomorrow. We are so incredibly excited to be connecting with all of our students in person again! ... See MoreSee Less