Partners Empowering Neighborhoods

PBHA's Partners Empowering Neighborhoods prepares recently immigrated adults to develop English language proficiency.

Application Information:

To enroll in PEN, or to learn more about volunteering with the program, email

Student Director Contact Information:

Staff Contact Information:

Kerry McGowan


PBHA’s Partners Empowering Neighborhoods (PEN) works with adult immigrants across Boston to develop English language proficiency. Participants in the PEN program enroll for a one year course covering fundamentals of English, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as lessons in American culture. Through participation in PEN, students are equipped to navigate their new environment in English.

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    PBHA’s Chinatown ESL program works with adult immigrants in Boston's Chinatown to develop English language proficiency.