Mission & History


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 almost 800 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 amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston. 

We support youth as they…

  • Explore, master, and celebrate Afro-Latin culture through art;
  • Learn, grow, and achieve academically and in life; and
  • Develop into changemakers and advocates for themselves.
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