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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!

May 1—Join us to support immigrants in Boston!

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Dear Friends of HSTF,

On May 1, 2017, Hyde Square Task Force offices will be closed for normal business to support local pro-immigrant groups that are planning various May Day actions.

As a daughter of immigrants from El Salvador and a onetime undocumented immigrant, today’s current anti-immigrant climate is demoralizing, to put it mildly. Our families and children are living in fear of being torn apart, cities choosing to stand up for immigrants are under attack, individuals are being singled out on the basis of their religion, all while many people are shadowing the critical contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to this country.

I am proud to represent Hyde Square Task Force at this critical moment. Our commitment to people from all corners of the world is stronger today than it has ever been. We stand up for our immediate Latino immigrant community and others, not only in Boston’s Latin Quarter, but in the entire City of Boston and beyond. On May 1st we join our brothers and sisters in solidarity, fighting for just and equitable treatment of ALL immigrants.

We invite you to come to our Youth Community Development Center (located behind the Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre Street in JP) on the morning of May 1st. From 9-11AM we will have coffee and bagels and will engage in reflection about immigration issues locally and nationally. Together we will head out at 11AM to other city-wide events taking place across Greater Boston.




Celina Miranda
Executive Director

Boston Globe CONTINUES to Show Love for HSTF Teen Activists!

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More Boston Globe Support for Teen-Led Campaign

Francisco Fernandez (left) and Lorrie Pearson (right), youth leaders/teen activists with Hyde Square Task Force campaign at Jackson Square T-Station for the recreation center.



Today, the Boston Globe published an editorial supporting the campaign spearheaded by the teen organizers at the Hyde Square Task Force to build a $21 million Jackson Square Recreation Center on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.

The editorial states: “In an era of plenty in Boston, where poorer residents face getting squeezed out, what does it take to deliver a much-needed neighborhood amenity?”

Read the full editorial here.

Next, youth plan to meet with Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh and ask them to make this issue a priority and demonstrate the leadership to get this facility built – FINALLY.

Today’s Boston Globe Shows the Love for HSTF Teen Activists!

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HSTF youth leader Francisco Fernandez campaigns for the
recreation center at Jackson Square T-Station on the Orange Line.


Youth leaders at Hyde Square Task Force kicked off the “Where’s the Love for Urban Youth” Campaign several months ago to advocate for the $21 million Jackson Square Recreation Center. Urban Edge has stepped up to develop this facility but there is still a significant funding gap.

Over the past two decades the state of Massachusetts shut down two indoor regulation-size ice skating rinks: the Melnea Cass Rink in Roxbury and the Kelly Rink in Jamaica Plain. These two facilities were never replaced.

Teens have researched this issue through a social justice lens to examine how recreational facilities are distributed throughout Boston neighborhoods, the health needs of families in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, and income inequality in the City.

Today’s Boston Globe article will bring you up-to-date on the campaign.

Next, youth plan to meet with Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh and ask them to make this issue a priority and demonstrate the leadership to get this facility built – FINALLY.

Read the Boston Globe’s article here


Globe Readers And Non-profits Together

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Good news! The Boston Globe recently announced that they’ve reinstated one of their community programs. Called GRANT (Globe Readers and Non-profits Together), the program invites Globe subscribers to help nonprofits earn free advertisements in the paper.

You may receive an email about the initiative. If so, just click on the link. If you’re a subscriber but haven’t gotten an email, you can click here. You’ll need your subscriber number, which is on your home delivery invoice (or get it by calling 1-888-MY-GLOBE (694-5623)).

We’d love for you to choose us as your designee. If you do, you should type in our name like this: HYDE SQUARE TASK FORCE, INC. (No need to click the link to view the whole list of organizations unless you want to. We’re number 636.) The last field can be left blank since we’re on the Globe’s list.

The more dollars we earn through this program, the larger the ad space we’ll get! Thanks for helping us out!

MIC at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Hyde Square Task Force’s Musicians in Community (MIC) performed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Friday, February 24th, as part of the museum’s school vacation week line-up.

 Youth sang and played covers from some of their favorite artists. The eclectic set list included Celia Cruz, Adele, John Legend, Alessia Cara, Ben Harper, and Hiatus Kaiyote. They performed two 30-minute sets.

The teens received rousing applause. Afterward audience members complimented the young musicians. One patron shared that she was impressed by how beautifully they played. Many members of MIC had never picked up an instrument or sung a note before joining the leadership team at HSTF. Music Programs Coordinator Nick Perez works closely with them as they achieve mastery. 

See Musicians in Community (MIC) perform!
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