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Diane Latiker

Kids off the Block, NFP

Diana Latiker, Founder of Kids Off The Block, NFP, is a 34 year resident of the Roseland community located in Chicago. She believed she could make a difference in the community, and in the many youth that she came in contact with daily. She became encouraged and opened up her home to get these young people off the streets and involved in programs that would benefit them for the rest of their lives. The organization recently celebrated 16 years of service to children/youth, teens and young adults in the city of Chicago, IL. KOB started out with ten neighborhood kids, and now has impacted thousands of lives through love, compassion, nurturing and respect.  She founded this award-winning and internationally recognized organization Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB) in her home in July of 2003.

The organization celebrated 16 years of service to children/youth, teens and young adults in the city of Chicago, IL. KOB started out with ten neighborhood kids, and now has impacted thousands of lives through love, compassion, nurturing and respect.

Her organization has earned national and international recognition as a leading institution for the enrichment, empowerment, and personal development for youth in the Roseland community, one of Chicago’s roughest communities. KOB has a team of seven devoted volunteers on a mission to keep at-risk, low-income kids off the block by providing them with positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system.