Announcement Date: 12/31/1999

When Kmart tries to move into Jackson Square, teens rally in opposition, and the Youth First initiative is born. The teens mobilize hundreds of supporters, conduct over 500 peer surveys, and win the support of elected officials. According to a 2004 Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) report, HSTF youth signify “a level of youth participation . . . unprecedented in recent history.”