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Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.

 30 Sunnyside Street, PO Box 301871
 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
[P] (617) 524-8303
[F] (617) 524-2747
http://www.hydesquare.org
info@hydesquare.org
Celina E. Miranda
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INCORPORATED: 1991
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3118543

LAST UPDATED: 12/04/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

El Barrio: Boston's Latin Quarter, is an original musical production that was put on by Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) youth leaders. For the first time ever, our renowned arts-based youth leadership programs (dance, music, and theatre) came together to co-write, co-produce, and co-direct an original piece which told the story of our neighborhood in Boston’s Latin Quarter neighborhood. The musical, which premiered live on May 20, 2017 in Jamaica Plain. The following is the documentary that youth filmed, edited, and produced, which reveals the creative process behind the Musical, through the eyes of the eyes of HSTF youth leaders!

 

Mission StatementMORE »

We amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.
 
We support youth as they…
• Explore, master, and celebrate Afro-Latin culture through art;
• Learn, grow, and achieve academically and in life; and
• Develop into changemakers and advocates for themselves.

Mission Statement

We amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.
 
We support youth as they…
• Explore, master, and celebrate Afro-Latin culture through art;
• Learn, grow, and achieve academically and in life; and
• Develop into changemakers and advocates for themselves.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $1,798,081.00
Projected Expense $1,798,081.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • College Success Program
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action
  • Viva el Latin Quarter

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Overview

Mission Statement

We amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.
 
We support youth as they…
• Explore, master, and celebrate Afro-Latin culture through art;
• Learn, grow, and achieve academically and in life; and
• Develop into changemakers and advocates for themselves.

Background Statement

We believe that communities are stronger when they create the conditions youth need to thrive. By harnessing the power, creativity, and voices of youth, we not only help them navigate the journey of adolescence but help youth become leading voices of change in their community. HSTF was founded in 1991, when a coalition of neighbors and community leaders felt a sense of urgency to address the growing violence, economic, and social challenges facing the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Now known as Boston’s Latin Quarter, our community has transformed into a vibrant neighborhood. Despite the progress, like in other urban neighborhoods, our youth continue to struggle with high levels of poverty, community violence, and low educational attainment.

Annually, HSTF engages 830 children, youth, and college students through Jóvenes en Acción, College Success, and community-based and in-school arts education. Our artistic performances, cultural events, and community organizing efforts reach over 5,000 community members each year.


• Jóvenes en Acción: Provides integrated in-depth after-school programming in three areas: Afro-Latin Arts, Education and Career Pathways (includes pre-vocational services and mentoring), and Civic Engagement and Youth Organizing, to youth in grades 8-12.

• College Success: Provides pre-college support to Jóvenes youth, a Spring and Summer Academy for rising first-year college students, and ongoing coaching to college students.

•Creative Development and Community Engagement: Strengthens our neighborhood through creative placemaking/keeping, advocacy and organizing, development of the Latin Quarter, and community-based Afro-Latin arts education.


Impact Statement

HSTF had an incredible 2017-2018 program year:

  •         977 children, youth, and young adults reached through HSTF’s Afro-Latin arts, education and career pathways, and civic engagement and youth organizing programming.
  •      100% of seniors enrolled in our in-depth, intensive Jóvenes en Acción program graduated from high school and 96% are now enrolled in college.
  •      100% of youth reported feeling comfortable working on projects with people from different backgrounds, and 85% of youth reported that they feel they are strong leaders.
  •       28 of participants enrolled in HSTF’s College Success Program graduated.
  •       After years of advocacy by HSTF youth, staff, and other stakeholders, in May 2018 our neighborhood was officially named a State Cultural District, Boston’s Latin Quarter.
For the 2018-2019 year, we will work towards the following goals:

 

In total, Jóvenes will work with 130 youth in grades 8-12 in FY19. During the program year, we will work towards the following Jóvenes youth outcomes:

● 85% of youth enrolled in Jóvenes en Acción will demonstrate growth in an Afro-Latin art discipline

● 75% of youth enrolled in Jóvenes en Acción will demonstrate an understanding of community organizing and of community issues important to them

● 85% of Jóvenes en Acción seniors will graduate from high school and enroll in college

● 75% of youth enrolled in Jóvenes en Acción will will increase 21st Century skills such as flexibility, communication, and leadership.

● 30 College Success Program participants will graduate.

 

Needs Statement

The critical issues that HSTF is addressing are the persistent low educational attainment among Latinx students, the lack of representative leadership in Boston, and the lack of regular access to arts instruction. We have a track record of success in addressing these issues with Jóvenes en Acción’s unique combination of Afro-Latin arts, education and career pathways, and civic engagement and youth organizing programming. We recently completed a 4-Year Strategic Plan and have emerged with an ambitious plan to triple the number of youth who benefit from this Jóvenes en Acción program between now and 2022. In order to support this growth, we will need to raise additional funds each year to support the added expenses related to the additional youth served each year. We also have the need to add capacity in our dance studio. In order to serve more youth through Jóvenes en Acción’s dance team, we need to install a movable partition in our large dance studio so two groups of youth could be working concurrently. This movable partition would cost approximately $20,000. Lastly, we continue to need volunteers who are willing to serve as mentors and tutors for youth on a weekly basis. 


CEO Statement

With active partnerships with local schools, arts organizations, community centers, and other youth-serving organizations, HSTF’s impact is community-wide in Boston's Latin Quarter. The young people we serve inspire and drive our work. HSTF youth build skills in Afro-Latin dance, music, and theatre and become cultural ambassadors. They invest in their own futures by exploring a variety of careers, developing 21st century skills, and applying to college or rigorous post-secondary training programs. They help host Viva el Latin Quarter and Three Kings Day events which celebrate culture and bring together residents of different backgrounds.  HSTF youth also mobilize other local youth and residents to make sure their voices are heard in decisions regarding housing, education, public health, and more.

Over the years, the efforts of our youth have helped change the face of our neighborhood:  murals brighten walls at Jackson Square and Roxbury Crossing transit stations, local parks have received much-needed renovations, doves painted on sidewalks provide a symbolic message of peace, and vacant lots have been transformed by community-oriented development projects that have created storefront space for small businesses and affordable housing opportunities for low-income families. 

Our impact has extended far beyond Boston's Latin Quarter.  Our Jóvenes en Acción program has influenced our partner organizations as well as policymakers and funders.  HSTF staff and youth are frequently called upon as experts and examples of effective youth development, creative youth development, and creative placemaking.  Our community organizing efforts, which youth co-lead, serve as case studies that are taught in college courses and documented in textbooks and journals.  HSTF is also a key contributor in many city and statewide youth development initiatives, including the Success Boston Coaching for Completion Initiative.


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)

We are based in Hyde/Jackson Square on the border of Boston's Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods. Our community is know as Boston's Latin Quarter thanks, in part, to the advocacy of our youth leaders. Over 53% of the population is Latino/a and 29% is Black, as of the 2010 census. The community is rich in Afro-Latin culture. In Jamaica Plain, the median income for Latinx and Black families is half that of white families, and below the minimum income necessary to comfortably live in the neighborhood. For one third of adults in the Latin Quarter, their highest educational attainment is a high school diploma or its equivalent. At the same time, our neighborhood faces rapid gentrification, which threatens to erase the heritage of the community and continue displacing long-term residents.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Education -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

College Success Program

Our College Success Program provides pre-college support to Jóvenes youth, a Spring and Summer Academy for rising first-year college students, and ongoing coaching to more than 300 college students each year. 
Budget  $280,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term success for our College Success Program is measured against the following goals: -70% of college success participants are on track to graduate in 3-6 years. -70% of college success participants re-enroll each semester. -100% of college success participants renew their FAFSA each year.
Program Long-Term Success  We envision a city where all youth reach their full potential and are reflected in Boston’s culture and leadership. We know this vision is not possible unless youth have access to the postsecondary education that our economy requires to gain access to employment opportunities that pay a living wage. For our College Success Program, long-term success is all participants completing their postsecondary degree program of choice - whether college or another certificate or training program - and being employment-ready upon completion.
Program Success Monitored By  College Success Coaches track college enrollment, credits earned each semester, grades each semester, FAFSA renewals each year, and graduations. In addition, coaches track the number of supports provided to participants and the types of supports provided. All of this data is tracked using SalesForce.
Examples of Program Success  In June 2018, we were thrilled to report that 28 College Success Program participants graduated from college.

Enrichment Programs

Children and youth aged 8-18 can enroll in one of our Arts Enrichment Programs, offered weekly. Through our Music Clubhouse, children and youth can sign up for weekly lessons in voice, piano, guitar, or drums. Through our Theatre Enrichment, teens and staff lead weekly theatre classes at local schools in our neighborhood. Our Learn Through Dance program brings Afro-Latin dance classes into schools in Boston's Latin Quarter for weekly dance classes during the school day. 
Budget  $0
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances Presenting
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The short-term goal for our Arts Enrichment Programs is for participants to gain increased to arts learning opportunities. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term success for our Arts Enrichment Program would be achieved when all children and youth, particularly those who live in Boston's Latin Quarter, are exposed to the arts. 
Program Success Monitored By  Demographic information is collected for all Arts Enrichment participants and compiled in excel spreadsheets. In addition, attendance information is collected for weekly classes. 
Examples of Program Success  Something that came out of our Strategic Plan, which was completed in June 2018, was a desire to strengthen the connection between our Arts Enrichment Program and our more intensive, in-depth Jóvenes en Acción program. One measure of success is that Arts Enrichment becomes more of a pipeline for Jóvenes en Acción, allowing more Arts Enrichment participants to continue their learning in the arts in a deeper way. We have had some youth who have participated in Arts Enrichment who have transitioned into Jóvenes en Acción, and we hope that this will grow moving forward. 

Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action

Jóvenes en Acción provides integrated in-depth after-school programming in three areas: Afro-Latin Arts, Education and Career Pathways (includes pre-vocational services and mentoring), and Civic Engagement and Youth Organizing, to youth in middle and high school.

Budget  $786,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

For JEA, our goals are as follows:

  • 85% of high school-enrolled youth are on track to be promoted and to graduate high school within a 4-year span. Indicators include good school attendance, good grades, and engagement in tutoring.
  • 85% of graduating seniors will successfully enroll in college (2 year, 4 year, or certificate program).
  • 85% of youth will demonstrate growth in an Afro-Latin arts discipline. 
  • 75% of youth will increase 21st Century skills such as flexibility, communication, and leadership.
  • 75% of youth will demonstrate an understanding of community organizing and of community issues important to them.


Program Long-Term Success 

Our long-term outcomes for youth success are that: 

  • Youth have future success in life and career, stemming from the milestones of graduating high school, attending and graduating college; 
  • Youth become confident community leaders, engaged in building the Latin Quarter; 
  • Youth gain greater cultural competency and connection to Afro-Latin arts and culture
Program Success Monitored By 

We track youth attendance and retention, retention in school and grade advancement,graduation from high school, and enrollment in postsecondary education. Once Jovenes youth transition into our College Success Program, we monitor their college persistence and graduation as well. We monitor youth skill development in areas such as critical thinking and communication using our Youth Leadership Evaluation.  

Examples of Program Success 

Since 2003, 100% of our youth  have graduated high school, 85%-90% have enrolled in college, and an average of 70% have graduated from college within 3-6 years, far ahead of the BPS average  Over the years, many have returned to HSTF as volunteers and staff members – four Jovenes alumni are on our Board of Directors. 


Viva el Latin Quarter

¡Viva el Latin Quarter! is Hyde Square Task Force’s annual series of free community events. Our events aim to celebrate and uplift Afro-Latin arts and culture and provide opportunities for neighbors to connect all while bringing vibrancy to Boston’s Latin Quarter. Signature ¡Viva el Latin Quarter! events include a summer series in July and August, a series of events during Latinx Heritage Month, a Halloween Festival including a youth-produced haunted house, and a Three Kings Day Parranda.

Budget  $163,629.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short-term Success for our Viva el Latin Quarter programming is:
-2,400 community members attend free creative place-making and place-keeping events each year.  
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term Success would mean that Afro-Latin arts and culture permeate every corner of our neighborhood and that neighbors of all backgrounds are connected to one another. 
Program Success Monitored By 

Staff collect audience surveys at each event which capture information such as demographics, reason for attending, and other information about the neighborhood. This information is compiled each week using excel and analyzed to assess the effectiveness of each event. In addition, total attendance numbers are tracked for each event. 

Examples of Program Success  An example of program success was our Latin Quarter Fiesta, a large, free outdoor concert to kick off Latinx Heritage Month in September 2018. At this event, there was a band playing live Latin music, a local Latinx caterer offering free samples of her delicious food, a dance floor for people to show their salsa moves, and lots of games and activities for children. Approximately 500 people joined the Fiesta on the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza in Jamaica Plain to honor the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month, and everywhere one looked there were smiling faces and people connecting with one another. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

HSTF has focused considerable time and attention to analyze and refine all components of existing programs, organizational structures, and processes. New program design elements include improved and expanded project-based learning activities, a more clearly-defined target population, and new points of entry for our youth. Youth leaders join one of our long-standing youth teams:  Ritmo en Acción (REA) youth dancers, Musicians in Community (MIC) musicians, and ¡Accíon! Community Theater (ACT!) actors.We continue to refine our evaluation systems to better monitor youth progress on an on-going basis, and program regularly review our metrics on a quarterly basis. We believe these efforts are enhancing our ability to engage youth in our programs and help them to succeed.

 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Celina E. Miranda
CEO Term Start Aug 2016
CEO Email celina@hydesquare.org
CEO Experience

Celina has spent her career engaged in work that enables under-served communities to access the resources and opportunities they need for a better future. With more than a decade of experience in philanthropy, she has helped numerous Boston nonprofits secure funding in the service of their mission. She was a member of HSTF’s Board of Directors from 2009 through 2014, and she shares our mission and values. Celina’s professional and educational background, along with her passion for youth, social justice, and education makes her uniquely suited to lead HSTF into an exciting new chapter of our history. 

Celina joins HSTF from her position as Senior Program Officer at the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, where she managed grants in education and economic mobility since 2012. Prior to this, she was the Vice President and Charitable Giving Manager for BNY Mellon Public Affairs, where she helped develop an initiative focused on youth aging out of foster care. As a Program Associate at the Hyams Foundation, she managed youth development grants and initiatives.

Celina teaches at Boston University School of Social Work, and is a trustee of the Rutland Corner Foundation, which supports girl-serving programs throughout Greater Boston. She was named a “Boston Latino on the Move” by the Boston Business Journal.

Celina recently received her Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from Boston University. Her dissertation research examined the integration of a positive youth development framework in community-based youth organizations. She earned an MSW and Ed.M. from Boston University, and a BA from Smith College in Latin American Literature and Latin American Studies.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Kim Comart Sept 2015 Aug 2016
Ms. Yi-Chin Chen Dec 2014 Sept 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Enoes Andújar Director of Finance and Facilities Director of Finance & Facilities Enoes Andujar has been with the organization since 2004, first as ESOL Counsel/Office Coordinator and then as Manager of Finance & Facilities  before being promoted to Director in February 2011. She has a degree in Marketing and Administration from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Before joining the staff, she was a student in the Task Force’s former English as a Second Language Program. Enoes currently serves as a board member of English for New Bostonians, a public-private-community collaborative initiative with a mission to increase access to high-quality English language learning opportunities for adult immigrant residents of Boston.
Ms. Barbara Civill Director of Development & Communications
Barbara has been with HSTF since 2006 and began working as the Ritmo en Acción Coordinator in 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and International Affairs from Northeastern University and has spent time studying in South Africa and Mexico. As the REA Coordinator, she was instrumental in planning the first annual Ritmo en Acción Cultural Showcase in 2007. She has also managed other Hyde Square Task Force arts programs, including Learn Thru Dance and the Music Clubhouse. She is dedicated to ensuring that young people have the chance to learn and grow through the arts. She has participated in the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project since 2008.
Ms. Brenda Rodriguez-Andújar Director of Arts and Cultural Programs

Brenda has been with Hyde Square Task Force since 2001. A graduate of Regis College, Brenda has more than ten years of experience working with low-income, minority, and immigrant youth and their parents. Prior to joining Hyde Square Task Force, Brenda worked as a teacher in the public school system, specializing in bilingual education. She also worked for three years as an educator for the Boston juvenile court system, where she designed and led programs with high-risk and first-time youth offenders. At Hyde Square Task Force, she is responsible for the development of the Ritmo en Acción youth dance Initiative, which started as a pilot program in 2002. Since the start of the program, it has grown to deliver comprehensive arts and cultural activities to more than 500 children each year. The success of the initiative earned it the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2007. She was recognized as a Hero Among Us in 2008 by the Boston Celtics and was named one of the 2011 PowerMeter’s 100 most influential people in the Hispanic community in Massachusetts by El Planeta. Brenda uses her professional training and successes to continue to work and invest in the community of Jamaica Plain, where she grew up.

Dr. Kenneth Tangvik Director of Engagement and Organizing Director of Organizing & Engagement Dr. Ken Tangvik is one of the organization’s founding members. With twenty-five years' experience as an urban educator, Ken has a Doctoral Degree in Education, specializing in Literacy and Language Arts. He has taught in the Boston Public Schools, is currently a faculty member at Roxbury Community College, and has developed several award-winning programs at the HSTF over the past 15 years. Ken recently wrote a collection of urban short fiction entitled: Don’t Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston’s Barriosthat was published by Aberdeen Bay Publishers. Many of the provocative stories in this book are based on experiences Ken had in working with youth at the Hyde Square Task Force.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best Non-Profit Jamaica Plain Gazette 2012
MNN Advocacy Award Massachusetts Non-Profit Network 2011
Neighborhood Builder Award Bank of America 2011
Rising Star Award Sun Life 2011
Top 100 Places to Work in Massachusetts The Boston Globe 2011
Recognition as one of Boston's best college preparation and success programs Root Cause 2010
Super Civie MassVOTE 2009
Best of JP 2008: Non-profit Jamaica Plain Gazette 2008
Coming Up Taller Award President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities 2007
Coming Up Taller semi-finalist President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities 2006
Founder's Award Alternatives for Community and Environment 2006
Jamaica Plain's Best Nonprofit Jamaica Plain Gazette 2006
Community Leadership Award Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation's 2005
Public Health Hero Award The Boston Public Health Commission 2005
Teen Leadership & Achievement Boston's Afterschool for All Initiative 2005
Good City Civic Leadership Award The Boston Foundation 2004
2000 Progressive Leadership Award Commonwealth Coalition 2000
City Excellence Award Boston Management Consortium 1999

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 2006
United Way Member Agency 2001
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations


HSTF partners with multiple stakeholders, including parents and other family members, teachers and guidance counselors, and higher education partners, in order to create a network of support for every youth.

We are a founding member of the Success Boston Coaching for Completion Initiative at The Boston Foundation and have strong and effective working relationships with Success Boston partners including uAspire, Bottom Line, Freedom House, and numerous higher education partners.  We work particularly closely with Bunker Hill Community College and Northeastern University, and host interns from Boston College, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, and other area colleges and universities.

 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

HSTF is a high-performing community-based non-profit.  We have 15 full-time staff and 2 part-time staff member. Dr. Celina Miranda became Executive Director in August 2016, taking over from Interim Executive Director Kim Comart. She is supported by an experienced and dedicated team of four Directors, each of whom have served with HSTF for over a decade.

HSTF has developed an organizational Theory of Change which clearly defines how our program structure and activities are linked directly to our mission.  In addition, a Statement of Organizational Values articulates key values and expectations that are shared by staff and participants alike.  Job descriptions include responsibilities that correspond to these values and which are addressed during quarterly and annual employee reviews. 

HSTF has also been very successful in promoting staff to increasing levels of leadership and responsibility, using the same leadership development and peer mentoring approach that helps our teens succeed.  Several staff have advanced from entry level to higher level positions over the years, including Program Director Brenda Rodriguez-Andújar and Director of Finance and Facilities Enoes Andújar, who began at HSTF as an adult English language learner and part-time bookkeeper.  

HSTF’s youth development staff work together as a team. They meet weekly to discuss program successes and barriers, and they engage in annual planning to promote enhanced service delivery and establish consistent, high-quality outcomes across all programs.

 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 96%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 8
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Mark L Saperstein
Board Chair Company Affiliation Consultant
Board Chair Term July 2016 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Rob Arrieta JPMorgan Chase & Co. Voting
Mr. Nelson Arroyo Whole Foods Voting
Celina Barrios-Milner City of Boston Voting
Mr. Jonathan Block Block Properties LLC Voting
Mr. Oscar Brazoban MassPort Voting
Ms. Galicia Escarfullery ABCD Jamaica Plain Head Start Voting
Mr. Carlos Garcia BayBoston LLC Voting
Mr. Gordon Gottlieb TDC Voting
Ms. Judi Haber MORE Advertising Voting
Ms. Enna Jimenez Eastern Bank Voting
Kathy Lebron Resist, Inc. Voting
Ms. Jane Matlaw Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Voting
Mr. Joe O'Farrell Harvard Capital Projects Voting
Dr. Lorna Rivera Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development & Public Policy Voting
Jerry Rubin JVS Voting
Ms. Anny Sanchez Boston Private Bank Voting
Mr. Mark Saperstein consultant (attorney, educator, photographer) Voting
Natalia Urtubey City of Boston Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 11
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

HSTF has a dedicated 18-member Board of Directors.  The Board provides oversight to the entire organization and includes members with strong political, legal, financial, and management skills.  Board President Mark L. Saperstein lives in Jamaica Plain has been on the Board since 2005, and he has been an active volunteer (and phenemenal photographer) since 2000. Board Vice President Galicia Escarfullery (ABCD Jamaica Plain Head Start) and Treasurer Anny Sanchez are proud alumnae, in addition to two other alumni who sit on the board. Board Member Jane R. Matlaw (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) serves on many boards and is in many community groups, and she is also a field instructor at the Boston College School of Social Work. 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,504,919 $2,559,823 $1,265,392
Total Expenses $1,720,229 $1,961,848 $2,022,816

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$590,723 $1,267,086 $509,786
Government Contributions $273,393 $235,704 $93,568
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $273,393 $235,704 $93,568
Individual Contributions $200,635 $142,522 $315,398
Indirect Public Support $3,121 $174,471 $182,249
Earned Revenue $92,787 $126,796 $78,504
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,110 $2,439 $1,657
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $342,150 $610,805 $84,230

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,292,774 $1,379,950 $1,353,872
Administration Expense $172,910 $240,319 $306,947
Fundraising Expense $137,070 $135,799 $172,090
Payments to Affiliates $117,475 $205,780 $189,907
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.87 1.30 0.63
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 70% 67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 7% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $4,718,976 $4,398,118 $3,835,689
Current Assets $1,278,366 $1,993,865 $1,826,425
Long-Term Liabilities $806,615 $808,322 $814,340
Current Liabilities $685,636 $147,761 $177,289
Total Net Assets $3,226,725 $3,442,035 $2,844,060

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose We completed the $2.5 million capital campaign for the renovation our Youth Community Development Center (YCDC). The YCDC,located in the historic Cheverus Building (a former Catholic grammar school), was transformed into a fully accessible, safe, and vibrant space for the youth and community we serve; the building re-opened to the public in January 2017.
Campaign Goal $2,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2012 - Jan 2017
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $2,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.86 13.49 10.30

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 17% 18% 21%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

HSTF has established strong and effective fundraising and financial management practices that have continued to sustain our operations despite a troubled economy.  We have more than 30 different sources of public and private funding, including many long-term funders, and are not dependent on any single revenue source.  We have developed strong and reliable financial management practices, including close oversight by our Director of Finance and monthly review by senior management and Board.  We maintain a strong cash flow and strive for a minimum six-month cash reserve.  

It is part of our regular program and financial planning process to closely monitor expenses and fundraising performance and develop realistic contingency plans in the event of an expected shortfall.  This includes monthly review of financial statements, long-term cash flow projections, and careful analysis of fundraising performance. 

 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data in the charts and graphs above is per the nonprofit's audited financials and reflects Hyde Square Task Force, Inc. (HSTF) only.
 
The Other revenue category, for FY17, FY16 and FY15, includes capital grants.
 
The Affiliate expense category for FY17, FY16 & FY15 includes grants to Jamaica Plain Arts and Civic Center, Inc. (JPACC). Per the FY14 audit, JPACC and HSTF are related through common Board control.
 
The administration expense category for FY16 and FY15 includes pre-development costs and impairment of donated artwork.
 
In 2013, this nonprofit changed its fiscal year from a Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 fiscal year to a July 1 - June 30 fiscal year. As such, the FY13 990 and audit posted above reflect six months, Jan. 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013.
 
 

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

HSTF works toward the following goals each year:

1) Youth have future success in life and career, stemming from the milestones of graduating high school, attending and graduating college;

2) Youth become confident community leaders, engaged in building the Latin Quarter;

3) Youth gain greater cultural competency and connection to Afro-Latin arts and culture;

4) Boston, and the Latin Quarter in particular, gains youth voice, energy, and leadership;

5) Community enjoys more Afro-Latin arts and culture; and

6) Community develops with and for current residents’ needs.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Annually, HSTF engages 830 children, youth, and college students through Jóvenes en Acción, College Success, and community-based and in-school arts education. Our artistic performances, cultural events, and community organizing efforts reach over 5,000 community members each year.

• Jóvenes en Acción: Provides integrated in-depth after-school programming in three areas: Afro-Latin Arts, Education and Career Pathways (includes pre-vocational services and mentoring), and Civic Engagement and Youth Organizing, to youth in middle and high school.

• College Success: Provides pre-college support to Jóvenes youth, a Spring and Summer Academy for rising first-year college students, and ongoing coaching to college students.

•Creative Development and Community Engagement: Strengthens our neighborhood through creative placemaking/keeping, advocacy and organizing, development of the Latin Quarter, and community-based Afro-Latin arts education.


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

HSTF has a wealth of internal and external strengths that include the following:

Engagement in Arts and Culture: Over the years, we have found that the arts (and particularly Afro-Latin arts) not only transform individual youth, but arts also create excitement, hope, and energy for the entire community. We have partnered with Masacote Dance Company, Hacha y Machete Dance Company, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Arts Emerson, Honk Festival, Porch-Fest, the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, Berklee College of Music, and a multitude of artists and musicians to organize arts workshops and performances for thousands of residents each year. We have also partnered with over a dozen Boston Public Schools and several youth centers and childcare centers to deliver high-quality arts programming to hundreds of students during in-school time, after-school programming, and in the summer.

Location: HSTF is located in the heart of Boston’s Latin Quarter on the Blessed Sacrament Campus in Jamaica Plain and with youth, residents and local businesses, we have developed the following vision for this neighborhood:

· A safe, clean and economically, racially, linguistically, and culturally diverse neighborhood.

· A dynamic, diverse, locally-owned/managed business district that includes Latin foods, goods, services, and specialty shops.

· A hub for the development and celebration of Latin and Afro-Latin art that also creates cross-cultural artistic opportunities and supports emerging artists.

· A place for public art, open spaces and lively street cultural events that project a “Latin flavor” and enhance local businesses.

· A stimulating destination for local residents, families and tourists where all feel welcome, energized, and engaged.

Ownership of Community Assets: HSTF owns the Cheverus Building, where we run most of our programs. The building has become one of the major centers for Afro-Latin arts in the Greater Boston area. Also, HSTF owns the iconic Blessed Sacrament Church building is currently working to determine long-term plans for the development of the church. 

Relationships with local residents and businesses: HSTF has developed strong relationships with Hyde-Jackson Main Streets and the Hyde-Jackson Business Association through working on joint projects. In addition, HSTF is part of the Jackson Square Partners LLC, the entity that is overseeing the $250 million transit-oriented development in Jackson Square.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

FY19 will be an exciting year for HSTF, as we will build off our success in FY18 and pilot an expansion of our core Jóvenes en Acción (JEA) program to include 30 youth in 8th grade in alignment with our recently-completed strategic plan. In FY19, we will work towards the following goals:

 

● 85% of JEA youth will demonstrate growth in an Afro-Latin art discipline;

● 90% of JEA youth will demonstrate increased awareness of Afro-Latin culture;

● 75% of JEA youth will demonstrate an understanding of community organizing and of community issues important to them;

● 85% of JEA seniors will graduate from high school and have a post-secondary plan;

● 85% of JEA seniors will enroll in college;

● 90% of JEA youth will demonstrate increased awareness of careers and postsecondary options;

● 75% of JEA youth will increase 21st Century skills such as flexibility, communication, and leadership;

● Boston Public Schools Arts Budget will increase by 10% as a result of JEA youth advocacy campaign to increase access to arts in Boston Public high schools;

● Jackson Square Recreation Center project is fully funded and Urban Edge, the developer for the project, breaks ground on construction.  

● 70% of College Success participants are on track to graduate in 3-6 years;

● 30 College Success participants graduate in FY19;


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

We have a track record of success in ensuring that youth are set up for future success as adults and that our neighborhood is more vibrant and thriving. For the last 14 years, 100% of youth in our Jóvenes en Acción program have graduated from high school and an average of 85-90% have gone on to college. Youth have acted as Afro-Latin cultural stewards, sharing their art all over Greater Boston and beyond through performances and workshops. Lastly, youth have worked with staff and many other stakeholders to make change in our neighborhood, Boston’s Latin Quarter, and our city. They have advocated for Civics Education in Boston Public Schools, campaigned against a big box retailer coming into our neighborhood, and more recently spoken out to hold a billionaire accountable to his legal obligation to raise money for recreation facilities across Massachusetts.

Building off of this success, in August 2017 Executive Director Celina Miranda kicked off a Theory of Change and Strategic Planning process, facilitated by seasoned consultants from Mendelsohn, Gittleman, and Associates. This process allowed us to reflect on how we can refine, deepen, and grow our work in the future. The process concluded in June 2018, and we have emerged with much to do. We now have an ambitious plan for growth and a renewed commitment to the three pillars of our model: Afro-Latin arts, college and career pathways, and community building and civic leadership. As part of the 4-year plan, we will expand our integrated in-depth Jóvenes en Acción/Youth in Action program to younger participants. Starting this fall, in addition to 100 high school youth, we will pilot a cohort of 30 youth in 7th and 8th grade. This represents a 30% annual growth. A focus on middle schoolers will allow us to intervene earlier in the lives of youth and support them through the transition to high school, which can be challenging. Our plan is to triple the number of youth who participate in Jóvenes from 100 to 300 participants per year by FY22. As part of the strategic plan we have also adopted a new mission statement, vision, and values that better reflect our work. Related to this, as we grow Jóvenes we have added more specific recruitment targets to ensure that we are reaching youth who live in the housing developments in our immediate neighborhood. While gentrification has meant that many of the youth we serve now travel to us from Dorchester, Roxbury, Roslindale, or Hyde Park, we will also aim to ensure that those youth in our neighborhood who are in need of support are connected to us. In addition, after years of advocacy by HSTF youth, staff, and other stakeholders, in May 2018 our neighborhood was awarded an official state cultural district designation as Boston’s Latin Quarter. Working with the City of Boston, we are now the Managing Partner of the cultural district. This is an incredible step in preserving and honoring the Afro-Latin culture and history of our neighborhood. In the coming months, we will be convening a Latin Quarter Advisory Council made up of youth, cultural activists, artists, local business owners, and residents who will work with us to craft a long-term vision for the neighborhood.