We Are Hyde Square Task Force

At Hyde Square Task Force, youth are at the heart of what we do. We believe youth have immense potential, yet at the same time research tells us that they face many obstacles.

When HSTF was founded in the late 1980s, a coalition of neighbors and community leaders felt a sense of urgency to address the violence and economic and social challenges facing the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Today the neighborhood is known as Boston’s Latin Quarter, and while in some ways our community has transformed, many challenges persist.

HSTF now engages over 1,000 youth ages 6–25 in college and career preparation, Afro-Latin arts and cultural enrichment, and community-building initiatives. In doing so, we ensure that youth have the arts and educational opportunities they need and deserve in order to be successful, and that their voices and cultures are valued and celebrated in Boston’s Latin Quarter and beyond.

Our work is guided by our mission: to amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston. 

We support youth as they…

  • Explore, master, and celebrate Afro-Latin culture through art;
  • Learn, grow, and achieve academically and in life; and
  • Develop into changemakers and advocates for themselves

  • Read Our Blog

    • Big News for Boston’s Latin Quarter!
      We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, May 22, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board of Directors voted to designate Boston’s Latin Quarter as an official Massachusetts Cultural District! Two years ago, in an effort led by Hyde Square Task Force youth, the Boston City Council voted 13-0 to recognize the neighborhood as Boston’s Latin Quarter. Hyde Square Task Force then began the effort to obtain official cultural district designation. Latino immigrants have had 60 […]
    • Dance Salsa with Eury Ortiz!
      Our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth event is approaching! Don’t miss your chance to dance Salsa with HSTF alumnus Eury Ortiz, who will co-teach classes with Burju Perez! Who is Eury Ortiz? Eury Ortiz began dancing in 2010 when he joined Hyde Square Task Force’s Ritmo en Acción dance group. During his time at HSTF he learned Afro-Latin choreography that inspired him to take dance more seriously. In 2014, Eury received the Emerging Leader award as an HSTF alumnus during our Annual Making Change Happen […]
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