Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit

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.

Hyde Square Task Force was incorporated in 1991 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Since its founding more than two decades ago, Hyde Square Task Force has grown to serve more than 1,200 youth each year.

  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Interim Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
PO BOX 301871
Physical Address: 
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
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Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Music - Ethnic / World
Theater - General
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
School Groups
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Institution/Business Type: 
Community Service Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Success Boston Initiative
Boston After School and Beyond
My Brother's Keeper
Music and Youth
Mass Mentoring
Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative
Youth Jobs Coalition
Boston Youth Services Network
Mass Creative Youth Advocacy Network
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
Hyde Square Task Force Board of Directors member, Damaris Pimentel, is named Immigrant Learning Center’s Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015 in the Neighborhood Business category.
Executive Director, Claudio Martinez, is recognized by El Planeta’s PowerMeter as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Latino Community.”
Hyde Square Task Force is recognized as “Best Nonprofit Agency” in annual Best of JP Awards by JP Gazette.
Executive Director, Claudio Martinez, is named one of the “Mel King Community Fellows” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology CoLab.
The New York Times publishes article about Hyde Square Task Force youth leading the effort for a new Wellness Policy in the Boston Public Schools.
Hyde Square Task Force is named in the “Top 100 Places to Work” by The Boston Globe.
Hyde Square Task Force is awarded the “Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award.”
Hyde Square Task Force wins the “Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Advocacy Award.”
CNN features Hyde Square Task Force’s Sex Ed Campaign on the Anderson Cooper 360 show.
The Huffington Post publishes an article about Hyde Square Task Force’s Sex Ed Campaign.
Brenda Rodriguez-Andújar is recognized by El Planeta’s PowerMeter as one of “100 Most Influential People in the Latino Community.”
Root Cause recognizes Hyde Square Task Force as one of the best college preparation and success programs in Boston.
Claudio Martinez receives a Best of El Planeta award.
Executive Director, Claudio Martinez, is the recipient of the “Humanitarian Award” from the Boston Center for Community and Justice (BCCJ).
Executive Director, Claudio Martinez, is awarded the “Urban Empowerment Award” by Year Up.
Hyde Square Task Force’s Board President Nelson Arroyo is named 2009 “Neighborhood Fellow” by The Philanthropic Initiative.
At the annual MassVOTE’s 2009 Civies Awards, Hyde Square Task Force receives the “Super Civie” in recognition of the organization’s overall achievement in civically engaging and serving youth in Boston.
Angeiris Encarnacion, youth leader in Hyde Square Task Force’s Ritmo en Acción dance program, receives the 2008 Massachusetts Arts Education Collaborative Award for “Outstanding Student Leader.”
Brenda Rodriguez-Andújar and Nashira Baril are honored by the Boston Celtics with the “Heroes Among Us” Award for their exceptional and lasting contributions to our community.
Hyde Square Task Force receives “Coming Up Taller” award for its Ritmo en Acción Afro-Latin and contemporary dance program.
Executive Director, Claudio Martinez, is chosen in 2005 as a Fellow by The Barr Foundation. The Barr Fellows Program honors the contributions of twelve of the most gifted and experienced nonprofit leaders in Boston.
Jesús Gerena, leader of Hyde Square Task Force’s Youth Community Organizing (YCO) team, is presented a “Boston Neighborhood Fellows Award,” by The Philanthropic Initiative and Mayor Thomas Menino.
Youth Organizer Lashay Shepard is one of 25 winners chosen from hundreds of nominations from around the world as one of the Tomorrow 25. The Tomorrow 25 students appeared in a national ad in TIME magazine as part of Bentley’s national campaign.
Hyde Square Task Force receives a “Public Health Hero Award” in 2005 from the Boston Public Health Commission for our youths’ work in promoting the new Tobacco Health Ordinance.
Hyde Square Task Force’s Coalition to Educate, Mobilize and Vote! receives a “Good City Civic Leadership Award” from The Boston Foundation.
Between 2000 and 2004, teens help to mobilize hundreds of area youth and adults in the planning process regarding a $200 million urban development project proposed for vacant land on the Roxbury/Jamaica Plain border.
Hyde Square Task Force is featured in 2003’s United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley promotion materials as a “cutting edge” agency whose impact “on one of Boston’s largest youth populations is palpable.”
Youth Community Organizers (YCOs) win “2000 Progressive Leadership Award” from the Commonwealth Coalition.
Hyde Square Task Force receives the City Excellence Award (1999) in the category “Innovations in Education” from the Boston Management Consortium.