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Grand Reopening of our YCDC

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On Tuesday, January 31st, Hyde Square Task Force held a Grand Reopening ceremony for
our newly renovated Youth Community Development Center.
We were joined by donors, youth leaders, and community members as we
celebrated our new space and had a ceremonial ribbon cutting!
HSTF youth leader Jonathan Vo cuts the celebratory ribbon
alongside his Hyde Square Task Force peers. 
  
View more photos from the Grand Reopening here.

WE MOVED!

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Hyde Square Task Force no longer has an office at 375 Centre Street. 
We will now operate completely out of our newly renovated 
Youth Community Development Center.
PLEASE FIND US AT OUR NEW LOCATION:
30 Sunnyside Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
(Behind the Blessed Sacrament Church building
located at 361 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA).

Our Three Kings Day Parranda made the Boston Globe!

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Puerto Rican flavor for JP’s
Three Kings Day bash

      Photo taken by Craig F. Walker, Boston Globe Staff
 
“Jamaica Plain celebrated Three Kings Day with a fiesta for all ages on Friday.
 
The festivities, sponsored by the Hyde Square Task Force, marked the day that the Three Magi, or kings, arrived with gifts for the newborn Jesus. Festivities began Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library in Hyde Square with children’s arts and crafts, and the Three Kings will pay a visit to give away children’s books.”
 

Thank You Volunteers!

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Thank You Volunteers!

On Saturday, January 7th, more than 60 volunteers showed up–in the SNOW–to help Hyde Square Task Force move into our newly renovated Youth Community Development Center. 
Thank you to all who came out.
We couldn’t have done it without your help!

Click HERE for more photos of the snowy move!

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.

Sincerely,

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

3:30PM
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.