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The mission of Hyde Square Task Force is to develop the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community.
Hyde Square Task Force's programs and civic engagement activities are developed by youth and residents in response to community needs. Youth are at the heart of all our work. We believe that social change is most successful when young people develop the skills to succeed and become committed change-makers. Since its founding, Hyde Square Task Force has developed ongoing programs for youth and families that not only help them advance at school and in careers, but also gives them opportunities to take pride and action in their communities.
Hyde Square Task Force was founded in the late 1980s as a neighborhood effort to quell the rampant violence, drug dealing, and gang activity in the Hyde/Jackson Square area, now identified as Boston's Latin Quarter. Neighbors organized public meetings, peace marches, street cleanups, and crime-watch groups. They soon realized that any sustained transformation needed to begin with young people, and turned their attention to developing the skills of local youth and their families.