Monthly Archives March 2016

Latin Quarter Hearing

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Should we designate Hyde/Jackson Square as Boston’s Latin Quarter?

HSTF teens and City Councilor Matt O’Malley are leading the movement to officially recognize Hyde/Jackson Square as Boston’s Latin Quarter. On April 4th, HSTF youth will testify in favor of the designation at a Boston City Council hearing. The youth, all of whom have strong ties to the Latin Quarter, have been working on this initiative for the past year. The hearing will be a significant step in delivering attention and resources to this vision.

Connolly Branch Library
433 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Vanessa Aguirreche Snow
617-524-8303 x314

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The Statistics are Staggering–Support Mentoring Today

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IMG_1711Jonathan Vo, ¡ACT! member and spoken-word poet, talks about his mentor, Gerry.
Why does mentoring matter? Gerry and I have been working together for three years now, since I was a freshman. He wouldn’t let me get away with being quiet. He challenges me to do better, and we talk about the future. I’ve opened myself up to new things because of him.
Our relationship? I feel close to him—-like he’s an older brother. A mentor is a guide—-a friend with a bond. And I think Gerry has learned from me, too. He says he wasn’t as determined as I am when he was young.
The number one thing he’s taught me? Enjoy every opportunity. Say yes to everything that’s presented to me. So far, so good!
Support mentoring at Hyde Square Task Force! Your donation makes a difference in the lives of young people like Jonathan, who is currently working on SAT prep and college exploration with Gerry Claude, 27, a UMass Boston grad with a master’s from Suffolk. The statistics about how mentoring positively impacts the lives of young people are staggering. Be a part of ensuring that teenagers like Jonathan are nurtured and supported.

Double Edge Theatre Spectacle featuring HSTF youth!

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Double Edge Theatre Rehearsal with HTSFGet ready for a Memorial Day weekend in Boston’s Latin Quarter like never before. On May 28 & 29 at 7:30PM, Double Edge Theatre will present a FREE indoor/outdoor performance spectacle. Once A Blue Moon–Cada Luna Azul. Featuring internationally recognized musicians, actors, and HSTF youth performers, it’s sure to be spectacular!


Inspired by magical realism and many Latin American stories, the show is about a traveler who returns home to Água Santa after many years. Memories and stories of the town’s colorful inhabitants evoke reflections about how progress can displace people. From ArtFuse Magazine: “The magic is transferable—however one gets there, one ought to step at least once into Água Santa.”

Ceilings leak. Floors are cracking. Paint is peeling.

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Dear Friend,Case Statement Thermometer March 2016
IT’S TIME to give Hyde Square Task Force youth leaders a building that honors and supports their hard work. IT’S TIME to show them we care. IT’S TIME to upgrade our Youth Community Development Center (YCDC), a 100-year-old former school on the Blessed Sacrament campus in Jamaica Plain.
Upwards of 1,200 young people benefit from HSTF’s programs each year, and 200-plus children, teens, and young adults use the YCDC each week. They often describe it as their “second home.”  Our youth deserve a welcoming building where they can transform themselves and their community.
Here’s the good news: We’ve secured $2.07 million (83%) of the $2.5 million needed for the project.Here’s the challenge: We need to raise another $430,000!
We’ve enclosed a case statement with more information about the project, including program statistics, what your donation will provide, and a project budget. We hope you will consider learning more about the project and making a donation. Every donation makes a difference, and every dollar means that youth can practice the arts, receive academic support, and hone their community-organizing skills in a space that is safe and sustainable.
Please visit to make a gift or receive additional information. You can also contact Kim at or (617) 524-8303 x310.
Thank you for supporting Hyde Square Task Force. Your dedication to youth in Boston is important not only today, but also far into the future. IT’S TIME.
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Nelson Arroyo                   Kim Comart
Board President                Interim Executive Director