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HSTF Keeping the Heat on TD Garden

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HSTF Youth leader Jonah Muñiz explains that youth can benefit from TD Garden
pay-out to the state, by securing funds for a new recreation center.

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, August 3, from 12:00-12:30 PM  for a protest action in front of TD Garden. We will meet in the park behind the Bobby Orr Statue beside TD Garden at the corner of Causeway Street and Beverly Street.

In recent weeks HSTF youth have made local and national headlines after they exposed a 1993 law that states that the owners of the TD Garden have a financial commitment to provide funds each year for recreational facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

HSTF youth have determined that TD Garden owes $13.8 million and we need to hold TD Garden and billionaire owner Jeremy Jacobs accountable as they have ignored this law for 24 years. 

We are asking for Celtics and Bruins fans to wear their gear and speak out at this action. If you would like to make a short speech as a fan, please contact Ken Tangvik:  or 617-905-7424.



Local Youth that Exposed the TD Garden Noncompliance to Speak out

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HSTF youth leaders Lorrie Pearson, Jonah Muñiz, and Mabel Gondres (left to right).

On July 13th, Hyde Square Task Force youth leaders made headlines when they discovered that a 24 year-old fundraising deal between TD Garden and the State’s recreational facilities had been forgotten. After the story was covered by the Boston Globe and several other mainstream media outlets, the question remains “what happens next?”

To answer this question, at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, youth with Hyde Square Task Force will hold a press conference to express their outrage concerning the noncompliance by the TD Garden in relation to a 1993 Massachusetts law.

The press conference will be held at the Hyde Square Task Force Youth Community Development Center, located behind the Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

At the event, youth will also reveal their calculations in determining how much TD Garden owes the State of Massachusetts after 24 years of noncompliance.



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This summer, Hyde Square Task Force is partnering with artists Richard Youngstrom, Fiona O’Connor, and Andrea Tamkin to create beautiful hand-crafted mosiacs! Join us every Wednesday on the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza to contribute to these unique pieces of art.  


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“These teens found out something about TD Garden no one realized for 24 years…”

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Today’s Boston Globe: HSTF youth uncover a long-ignored
law calling for fundraising help for city facilities

HSTF youth Lorrie Pearson, Mabel Gondres, and Jonah Muñiz, featured on the front page of today’s Boston Globe.

For the last year, youth at Hyde Square Task Force have been diligently working on a campaign for the Jackson Square Recreation Center that was promised to Roxbury and Jamaica Plain youth over 15 years ago. Through their research, they discovered an important and long-forgotten law that could ultimately have a positive impact on thousands of children and youth across Boston for years to come. 

Today’s Boston Globe article brings this discovery to light. 

Read the Boston Globe’s article here 



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TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 11th will be a great night in Boston’s Latin Quarter! At 6:30 pm, a concert featuring the Eric German Band will bring some incredible Salsa and Bomba y Plena music to the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza. Pick up some dinner from a delicious Latin Quarter restaurant and enjoy great live music! Then on Wednesday, July 12th, join us for mosaic making at 5:30 pm and Zumba at 6:30 pm.


*Please note: In the event of rain, the Eric German Band will move their performance into the Youth Community Development Center (behind the Blessed Sacrament Church).

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This summer we will be hosting a series of FREE community events in Boston’s Latin Quarter! Viva el Latin Quarter is part of Hyde Square Task Force’s work to maintain a vibrant community in the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain and to preserve and celebrate Afro-Latin arts and culture. We’ll have great live music, mosaic making, Zumba, and discussions on important issues affecting many in our community.  

On July 11th, the series will kick off  with some amazing Salsa and Bomba y Plena music from the Eric German Band. Can’t wait until then? On July 8th, we’re also hosting a porch as part of JP Porchfest! CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL EVENT CALENDAR.

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Earlier this month, Hyde Square Task Force was happy to host the Greater Boston Latino Network for a press release to share the Silent Crisis II report. The new report reveals that Latinos continue to be left out of Boston and Chelsea executive positions, despite major population growth.

The event was covered by numerous media outlets, including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Bay State Banner and Telemundo. Please find the news clips and full report at GBLN’s website: 


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Hosted by Ultra Beauty Salon and Hyde Square Task Force, Hairblast is an evening of haircuts with a social mission!
Wednesday, June 7th, 4-8PM 
Ultra Beauty Salon will offer haircuts and blowouts for $50, with all proceeds going to Hyde Square Task Force. 
For appointments, please call 617-983-8407.
Walk-ins are also welcome. 
Ultra Beauty Salon | 401 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA |

Success in El Barrio!

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This year, HSTF youth and staff took an artistic risk by co-writing and co-producing El Barrio: Boston’s Latin Quarter Musical. Grounded in Afro-Latin arts and culture, this interactive show features the stories of countless immigrants, youth, and hardworking families that have contributed to the fabric of our community – the Hyde/Jackson Square area of Jamaica Plain. We’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to the hundreds of community members who joined us on Saturday, May 20th for the premiere of El Barrio. Together we witnessed a story of resistance and the power of collective action!  

HSTF uses the arts and community development to promote the creativity, leadership, and overall potential of young people. Through projects like El Barrio, our youth develop the skills they need to succeed today and into the future. As we enter the summer, we ask you to consider sponsoring a youth to work at HSTF. Your gift will help youth continue to better their communities. Thank you!

  • A donation of $1,050 employs one youth for the entire six week summer session
  • A donation of $175 employs one youth for one week in our summer session
  • A donation of $45 employs one youth for one day in our summer session




Check out photos from El Barrio!