Potencia NOW (ESOL Courses)

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Potencia NOW is a free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Our mission is to meet the English acquisition needs of the Cypress Hills community. Aligned with Common Core State Standards, our program covers civics, conversational English and work readiness, forming a solid foundation for TASC readiness with students transitioning into the YouthLEAD (HSE) program, Adult HSE classes, employment, training, or college.

Potencia NOW consists of classes for residents age 17 and up. Classes are held at two local schools and take place Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.  We are now also offering a daytime ESOL class (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) for parents who have children in elementary school.


Through our participatory learning approach students will actively engage in realistic conversation scenarios with classmates to gain fluency and complete grammar activities for accuracy. Students will complete work readiness activities such as completing applications, resume building and cover letter writing.

To register for classes:

Call/ Text/ WhatsApp (347) 576-0269 (Spanish-speaking) for an appointment

Classes are held at:

CHACE Center (day class)
2836 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 112074

I.S. 302
350 Linwood Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208-3649

Franklin K. Lane High School Campus
999 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208


Shirley Terrero
Program Director/ Site-Coordinator
Email: shirleyt@cypresshills.org
Phone: 347-684-6062

Cynthia Cotto
Case Manager
Phone: 347-784-8716, 347-576-0269

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