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Boston HERC
62-68 Northampton Street
Contact Name:
Carolina De Jesus
Program Description:
The Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) enables at-risk Latino, African-American and other disadvantaged youth, to gain access to a higher education, break the cycle of poverty and become leaders in the community. Working within some of the Boston's lowest-income and under-served communities, HERC has become a key provider of educational and college preparatory out-of-school programming including through out of school time programming: SAT classes, tutoring and mentoring, college tours, community service, parent and community outreach and education, and college and financial aid application assistance. The Boston HERC Passport to College Program, in particular, offers comprehensive college preparatory programming (including tutoring, financial aid advice and college tours), resulting in a near perfect track record of first-generation Latino and other disadvantaged youth going to, and graduating from, college. Since its founding in 1999, the Boston HERC has enabled over 1,300 at risk youth from throughout Greater Boston to achieve a higher education. The Boston HERC has grown from an organization providing services to a little over 100 youth and their families in 1999, to serving more than 1,000 on an annual basis today.