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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    • HSTF Keeping the Heat on TD Garden
      Join us tomorrow, Thursday, August 3, from 12:00-12:30 PM  for a protest action in front of TD Garden. We will meet in the park behind the Bobby Orr Statue beside TD Garden at the corner of Causeway Street and Beverly Street. In recent weeks HSTF youth have made local and national headlines after they exposed a 1993 law that states that the owners of the TD Garden have a financial commitment to provide funds each year for recreational facilities in the Commonwealth of […]
    • Local Youth that Exposed the TD Garden Noncompliance to Speak out
      On July 13th, Hyde Square Task Force youth leaders made headlines when they discovered that a 24 year-old fundraising deal between TD Garden and the State’s recreational facilities had been forgotten. After the story was covered by the Boston Globe and several other mainstream media outlets, the question remains “what happens next?” To answer this question, at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, youth with Hyde Square Task Force will hold a press conference […]
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