Monthly Archives December 2016

Invest in Youth Success—Give Today

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Celina Miranda, HSTF Executive Director, with Wilmin Jiminez, HSTF Alumnus
During my first year at Hyde Square Task Force, I struggled. I was shy, and everyone seemed older than I was. I had to speak up and read books out loud to kids—that was hard because it seemed like everyone was looking at me.

HSTF puts youth in that position—they ask us to foster our own growth. But all that hard work was worth it: now I’m a second-year student at Bunker Hill Community College, and I’m getting ready to enter a nursing program.
                                                  – Wilmin Jimenez, HSTF Alumnus

A Message from Selomith

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Dear Friend,

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.


Selomith Sanchez
HSTF Youth, Boston Arts Academy Class of 2017

Support youth like Victor! Donate in honor of friends or family.

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Victor Del Carmen, HSTF youth leader (second from right), leading the
Latin American Spectacle parade down Centre Street. 
“HSTF is a safe environment where I and other youth can express ourselves through the art we choose to pursue. It’s also a place that advocates for youth and their needs.”       
                           – Victor Del Carmen, HSTF youth leader

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.
HSTF is a creative outlet and home for many youth in our city. Your support is vital to their success. Please donate today!

Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration!

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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

4:30 pm
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.

Thank you for attending our 5th Annual Breakfast!

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Dear Friends & Supporters,
Thank you to all who joined us last Tuesday, December 6th at our Annual Making Change Happen Breakfast, generously hosted by WilmerHale. We were humbled by our supporters who filled the room and surrounded us with palpable positive energy. For those who could not make it, please enjoy photos from the event HERE.
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.
This year we provided jobs for 120 youth leaders and engaged more than 1,200 community members. 100% of our seniors graduated high school and enrolled in college. Our youth are change-makers in their communities and active advocates for Afro-Latin arts. At the breakfast, we honored our 2016 Emerging Leader, Anny Sanchez, an HSTF alumna who talked about growing up in the Latin Quarter and how culturally relevant arts led her to personal transformation. We thank her for sharing her story.
We were pleased to present this year’s Inspiring Leader Award to Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a longtime Hyde Square Task Force funder, partner, and advocate. By supporting the arts, Anita and the MCC have provided resources for organizations to make meaningful change, often by making the arts accessible to under-resourced communities. We couldn’t be prouder to have Anita and the MCC as our partners.
As we look toward next year (and the next 25!), we are excited to welcome you into our newly renovated Youth Community Development Center, slated to open in January. We’re ready to introduce youth to their new space where they will grow into stronger leaders, artists, and champions of the Latin Quarter. With your support, we’ll continue to assist youth in developing self-worth and the ability to advocate for themselves and others. They will change their own lives and build a better future for their community and the city of Boston.
Mark Saperstein

President, HSTF Board of Directors

Judi Haber
Chair, Host Committee