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 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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    • 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 […]
    • Take Bachata lessons with Angeline Egea during ¡Bailemos!
      Our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth fundraiser is around the corner, and we have some amazing instructors! If you want to learn how to dance Bachata from professional dancer Angeline Egea, make sure you get your tickets today! Who is Angeline Egea? Angeline Egea began her formal dance training in her native Colombia with ballet at age 5, and flamenco at 14. She performed and competed with the Julie de Donado Flamenco Dance and Theater Companies. Angeline continued her training with belly dance, […]
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