Hyde Square Task Force was founded by a group of committed local residents and youth because we have always believed that solutions lie with those most affected by the challenges at hand. Today, more than 20 years after the organization was founded, we continue to dedicate resources to address the complex and urgent needs of our community and our city. We believe that in order to transform youth, we must also transform community, and vice versa.
Youth Community Development
The Youth Community Development model is at the core of our organization. YCD targets disengaged youth who are entering their 9th grade year and who live or go to school in a 1.5-mile radius of Jackson Square T-station, located on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. One hundred teens participate in our Youth Community Development teams each year. We provide project-based learning, training, and support focused on basic job and life skills, and we make a long-term commitment to youth. Through arts, education, and civic engagement, youth build confidence, meet high expectations, overcome challenges, work as a team, and tackle some of the toughest issues in their communities. Click here to see how YCD programs support youth.
All aspects of our Youth Community Development programs engage youth in community organizing, advocacy, and education in the community. This work gives youth an opportunity to learn valuable new skills, personally evaluate community needs, and lights a passion in them for helping others and building community. Click here to see how YCD programs work to change the community.
Recognizing the importance of a quality education as a way to improve lives, Hyde Square Task Force has helped to create multiple innovative partnerships with Boston Public Schools as a way to better engage students. We designed and implemented a student-centered curriculum that encourages positive school engagement through civic participation and arts education. From daily in-school and after-school programs and classroom instruction, to working with BPS officials to create solutions aimed at eliminating barriers that prevent student achievement, Hyde Square Task Force has taken the lead in making sure that students are at the center of public schools. Click here to learn more about our School Partnerships.
Every day, Hyde Square Task Force works to fulfill the immediate needs of the community by making resources available to youth and their families, as well as to our community partners. We deliver high-quality arts, cultural, educational, and physical-fitness programs from our Youth Community Development Center to serve the needs of children, teens, and young adults from the ages of 6 to 25. Additionally, the teens who participate in our Youth Community Development Programs go out into the community and bring thousands of hours of youth-led programming to hundreds of younger children through our strategic partnerships with other community-based organizations. Click here to learn more about cultural programs in our Youth Community Development Center. Click here to learn more about our Youth Community Development Teams.
Advocacy and Action
We believe that need-based programs alone will not improve the community nor future outcomes for young people. Therefore, we also ask youth to engage in civic and community-building initiatives, utilizing advocacy and action to bring forth systemic solutions to strengthen our community over time. During advocacy and action efforts, youth and HSTF alumni are in the center—leading the way—while mobilizing and inspiring others to join them in creating community-wide solutions. Click here to learn more about advocacy and action efforts.