Mission & History



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


Hyde Square Task Force’s programs and civic engagement activities are developed by youth and residents in response to community needs. Youth are at the heart of all our work. We believe that social change is most successful when young people develop the skills to succeed and become committed change-makers. Since its founding, Hyde Square Task Force has developed ongoing programs for youth and families that not only help them advance at school and in careers, but also give them opportunities to take pride and action in their communities.

Hyde Square Task Force was founded in the late 1980s as a neighborhood effort to quell the rampant violence, drug dealing, and gang activity in the Hyde/Jackson Square area, now identified as Boston’s Latin Quarter. Neighbors organized public meetings, peace marches, street cleanups, and crime-watch groups. They soon realized that any sustained transformation needed to begin with young people, and turned their attention to developing the skills of local youth and their families. Hyde Square Task Force was incorporated in 1991 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Since its founding more than two decades ago, Hyde Square Task Force has grown to serve more than 1,200 youth each year.