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 mastery 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 develop the skills of youth and their families, so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant community.”

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    • “These teens found out something about TD Garden no one realized for 24 years…”
      Today’s Boston Globe: HSTF youth uncover a long-ignored law calling for fundraising help for city facilities For the last year, youth at Hyde Square Task Force have been diligently working on a campaign for the Jackson Square Recreation Center that was promised to Roxbury and Jamaica Plain youth over 15 years ago. Through their research, they discovered an important and long-forgotten law that could ultimately have a positive impact on thousands of children and youth across Boston […]
    • VIVA EL LATIN QUARTER KICK-OFF | ERIC GERMAN BAND
      TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 11th will be a great night in Boston’s Latin Quarter! At 6:30 pm, a concert featuring the Eric German Band will bring some incredible Salsa and Bomba y Plena music to the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza. Pick up some dinner from a delicious Latin Quarter restaurant and enjoy great live music! Then on Wednesday, July 12th, join us for mosaic making at 5:30 pm and Zumba at 6:30 pm. CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL EVENT CALENDAR. *Please note: In the event of rain, the Eric […]
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