Each year, hundreds of youth and program alumni between the ages of 14 to 28 work with Hyde Square Task Force to transform themselves and the community. We have created many venues for participation.
Youth Community Development Programs (YCD)/Jovenes en Acción (JEA)
Hyde Square Task Force’s YCD/JEA Programs target disengaged youth who are entering into 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. Youth who enroll in YCD programs attend BPS non-exam schools, come from low-income families, and have a grade-point average of C or below. A high percentage of teens come from homes where English is a second language. Oftentimes, they exhibit more than one high-risk behavior that makes them difficult to engage.
One hundred teens participate in our YCD/JEA teams. Through project-based learning, training, and support in basic job and life skills, plus a long-term commitment, youth build confidence, meet high expectations, overcome challenges, work as a team, and tackle some of the toughest issues in their communities.
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, evaluate community needs first hand, and builds a passion for helping others and building community.