December 1, 2015
Thank you to those who joined us today at our Annual Making Change Happen Breakfast at WilmerHale and to everyone who couldn’t attend but were there in spirit.
This year’s breakfast theme was Be Courageous, Take a Stand. We shared a timeline of HSTF’s courageous moments at the event today. It highlights how youth learn to act every day through the arts at Hyde Square Task Force. For 24 years, Hyde Square Task Force has put youth at the center of our work.
The past year has been filled with many accomplishments. We provided jobs for 120 at-risk teens and engaged more than 1,200 children and adults in our programs. All our teens were promoted to the next grade, and 100% of our seniors graduated high school and enrolled in college. Our teens are becoming strong, community-oriented citizens, finding their unique voice, and engaging adults and younger children in our cultural and civic activities.
We were pleased to present this year’s Inspiring Leader Award to ArtsEmerson, a Hyde Square Task Force program partner. By making performances available to youth and providing a mechanism for discussing themes raised in plays, ArtsEmerson engages the next generation of artists, business people, philanthropists, and civic leaders in early discovery of how the arts make a positive difference in neighborhoods.
We also honored our 2015 Emerging Leader Brian Nuñez, one of the thousands of young people whose lives have been transformed over the past 24 years at the Hyde Square Task Force. Here is an excerpt from Brian’s remarks that typify the experience of our youth.
At HSTF, I was always encouraged to contribute and voice my thoughts….They provided me with a myriad of opportunities to foster my growth and build my confidence, which, I’ll admit, often wavered….Because of the strong support system I had at Hyde Square Task Force, I began to exhibit what for me were unprecedented acts of courage.
This morning we highlighted some key organization priorities for 2016:
- Increase the number of youth we serve in our youth center and through our network of school and community partnerships.
- Improve our outcome measurement systems and use the data to inform and strengthen our program design and delivery.
- Expand our arts programming and place-making activities, inspiring our youth and neighbors to re-imagine and reinvent public spaces in the Latin Quarter.
- Renovate the 100-year-old former grammar school that serves as our Youth Community Development Center. We plan to begin the building renovations in June.
Today is #GivingTuesday and we invite you to Take a Stand and support Hyde Square Task Force with a donation. We’ve got a lot on our plate, but with your friendship and support, we’ll keep working every day to change lives and build a better future for Boston youth and families.
President, Board of Directors
Vice President, Board of Directors