Unlimited Potential was founded in 1985 to address the needs of low socioeconomic women in the South Mountain community. Women were interested in advancing their education yet lacked confidence in their ability to succeed. They had minimal childcare options which further inhibited them. A volunteer literacy program was initiated to support the women. As demand grew, founder Jeanne Devine sought funding to sustain her efforts. When denied support, the women engaged in community action convincing funders of the need for educational services for low-income undereducated women.
From the roots of necessity Unlimited Potential was born to provide literacy classes for women that simultaneously enhance self-esteem and empower participants to engage actively in their community. A children’s program was also developed that enabled children to learn alongside their mothers. Mothers increased their literacy skills and modeled a commitment to education for their children.