Boston Education Collaborative
Working with churches, schools, and nonprofits to empower underserved urban students with the education they need for transformation - in their lives and in their communities.
BEC seeks to engage churches and leaders to strengthen the educational pipeline or system in Greater Boston, so that our students have the socio-emotional and/or academic skills to succeed in school and are prepared for successful adulthood. The scope of our work includes fostering learning communities, strengthening or developing programs, building organizational or programmatic capacity, and supporting church-school partnerships.
The college graduation rate for black and Latino public high school students is 25%. Passport to College, a program of the Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) addresses this need directly through a two year college prep course which develops perseverance and skills for long-term success.
Since 2004, Passport has encouraged its scholars to ask themselves, “What am I here to achieve? How do I get there?” Carolina De Jesus, director, thinks systemically about urban education with the Boston Education Collaborative (a ministry of the Emmanuel Gospel Center), which has clarified the need to be more intentional about following the students through college. Students participating in Passport to College have a college graduation rate of 87%.