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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!
Stay updated with the Hyde Square Task Force event calendar.

Letter from Celina Miranda on the Current Political Climate

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Dear Friend:

We find ourselves in unstable and astounding times. Like many of you, we at Hyde Square Task Force are very concerned about the current political climate and the future of our country. Our worst fears are being realized. Each day we anxiously await the latest news, wondering who will be the next victim and what type of global chaos might be ignited.

Despite this, we are heartened by the mobilization and uplifting dissent we’ve witnessed locally and across the world against hate, xenophobia, racism, discrimination, and misogyny. Clearly, we are at a pivotal point in history, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. The grassroots values of diversity, inclusiveness, generosity, honesty and openness – upon which our immigrant nation was and is built – are in danger.

HSTF will continue to be a safe haven for our youth and their families, many of whom are impacted by recent events. We also see this as a unique historic opportunity, and we are energized to take on the challenge. Many of our staff, youth, board members, and constituents have attended rallies, marched in the streets, and spoken out in their schools and communities. And we will continue to do so with vigor and determination.

Since our founding 25 years ago, HSTF has consistently advocated for justice, demonstrating the positive contributions of immigrants to Boston’s social and economic fabric. For example, our recent campaign to have the Hyde-Jackson Square neighborhood designated as “Boston’s Latin Quarter” is an effort to recognize, uplift, and preserve the richness of Afro-Latin culture.

In the coming months, we must press on and continue this work on all fronts. Our collective power is our best tool for transformation. We encourage you to stay positive and dig in for the long haul. If you are available, please join us on Feb. 13th for our “Where is the Love?” rally (see details below).

Onward/Pa’lante!

 

 

Celina Miranda
Executive Director, Hyde Square Task Force

P.S. If you or anyone you know needs legal advice/support, below are the websites of some organizations that offer assistance.
www.NICL.org
www.immigrationlawhelp.org
www.justice.gov/eoir/list-pro-bono-legal-service-providers-map
www.ailalawyer.com
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org/find.html

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