Celina Miranda, HSTF Executive Director, with Wilmin Jiminez, HSTF Alumnus
Since I was five, I’ve watched my grandmother send everything she could to the Dominican Republic from Boston—clothes, food, and school supplies. I’m fortunate that my family came to the US where I’ve gotten an education, pursued my dreams, and participated in Hyde Square Task Force’s music and college success programs (for four years now!).
I’ve gained a lot of confidence at Hyde Square Task Force. So when it came time for my senior project at Boston Arts Academy, I tapped into my passion for music. I used it as a vehicle to produce a Latin-music concert to raise money to send school supplies to my native Dominican Republic. The aim was to help children who really need it in a fun way that would bring together Boston’s Dominican community and all of Jamaica Plain.
I planned carefully—something else I learned at HSTF. I asked sponsors to donate raffle prizes and worked with local artists. This project taught me about advocating, planning, budgeting, and being a thoughtful communicator. It was a lot to keep track of!
Forty-three kids in the DR each got a book bag filled with donated supplies. Not only was I able to provide a cultural event in Boston’s Latin Quarter, but now children across the ocean have some of what they need. Hyde Square Task Force helps youth like me put our skills to use to benefit the community-in Boston and beyond.
Every donation to HSTF goes directly to ensuring that youth are challenged, supported, and encouraged to make a difference. When you invest in youth, you create ripple effects that have broad and lasting impact. Please donate to Hyde Square Task Force today.
HSTF Youth, Boston Arts Academy Class of 2017
|Victor Del Carmen, HSTF youth leader (second from right), leading the
Latin American Spectacle parade down Centre Street.
Hyde Square Task Force is a recognized leader in arts, youth development, education, and community organizing. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, we:
- Reached more than 1,469 children and community members through our programs.
- Congratulated 100% of our graduating high-school seniors on enrolling in college and 100% of our teen youth leaders on being promoted to the next grade.
- Supported Boston youth through 1,200 hours of college and career preparation.
- Offered 1,900+ hours of arts programming at our Youth Community Development Center.
- Showcased our youth’s music, dance, and theater abilities at 57 artistic performances in Boston and beyond.
Three Kings Day
Join us for a parade and cultural celebration
Le invitamos a nuestra parranda y celebración cultural
Friday, January 6th
Crown making at the Connolly Library
Fabricación de coronas en la Biblioteca Connolly
Parade and sing down Centre St. with MIC and JP HONK!
Desfile por el Centre St. con MIC y JP HONK!
Celebration will end at Re/Max Destiny with hot chocolate and treats and will include a reading about Three Kings Day.
La celebración terminará en Re / Max Destiny con chocolate caliente y dulces. Tambien leeremos un libro sobre el Día de los Reyes Magos.
Each child attending the event will receive a free book.
Cada niño que asista al evento recibirá un libro gratuito.
This year’s breakfast theme was ¡P’alante!: The Next 25 Years. We celebrated our 25th anniversary and looked forward to the future. We introduced our new Executive Director, Celina Miranda, who shared her story of emigrating from El Salvador at 11 years old, her experience in philanthropy, and her commitment to youth work. Her story reflects many of our youths’ stories, and they can see themselves in her. We couldn’t have asked for a better role model, and we are grateful for her leadership.
President, HSTF Board of Directors