Potencia began as a class project to empower immigrants and refugees in the community. Although a language is a key to survival and employment, we were struck by how many people lived without a basic means of communication. 

Since launching the pilot class in 2019 with three tutors and four learners, Potencia has been broadening its community impact.


The Problem


According to the Boston Foundation, only 5% of the 236,900 immigrants with limited English skills in the Boston area are served by the State's largest funded programs. The current services provided by all organizations, schools, and businesses can only serve a fraction of the unmet need for English classes.


These classes' waitlists can be as long as two years, while learners may not sign up for the services due to conflicts with their working schedules or physical location constraints. Also, there was a lack of higher-level English classes and self-learning methods in the services available.


Our Mission

Potencia aims to break down the language barriers in the United States. We do this by recruiting and training civic-minded college students and young professionals as English tutors for adult immigrants and refugees in the community.

Meet the Team

Board of Directors

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Bailey Hu

Research Assistant

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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Lana Luo

Technical Program Manager


Amazon Robotics

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Catherine Popper

Angel Investor

Launchpad Venture Group

Our Partners

Nonprofits & Governments

Tufts Gordon Institute
Tufts Tisch College
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Refugee Immigration Ministry
Commonwealth of Mass.
Office for Refugees and Immigrants


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Hen Chicken Rice