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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3 weeks 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

4 weeks 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

1 month 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: Pictured: Team members put together holiday care packages for alumni who just finished their remote semesters last week. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Our communities are getting hit hard right now with covid and our hearts go out to so many of our families who are struggling this holiday season. There is so much that we cannot control, but putting on a mask when we go out is one small step we can all take. #mymaskmipoder ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Friends, there is still time to give to our end of year fundraiser. All year long your contributions have allowed us to adapt our programming and meet needs as they arise. Our goal is to reach $5,000 towards these emergency response funds by the end of the year. We are close to $1,000 so far. Can you help us get there?Donate here: ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

On this snowy day, we would like to take a moment to CONGRATULATE Passport Senior Narelyn Contreras who was accepted into the Criminal Justice-Forensic Psychology Program at St. John's with $138,000 in merit scholarships! We are so excited for you Narelyn. Passport Seniors are working hard and those acceptances are beginning to roll in. ... See MoreSee Less