Diane Latiker was tired of seeing violence and danger increasing for the children and citizens of her South Side Chicago hometown of Roseland, Illinois. The city’s gang and gun violence had reached epidemic levels so in 2003 she decided to do something about it. Creating Kids Off the Block (KOB), a 501(c)3 nonprofit originally set up in her home, Diane set out to provide a ‘safe place’ for local kids. With KOB she offers them homework help, mentoring, and healthy activities. KOB’s Mission Statement is To provide at-risk, low-income youth positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system . She is now in the process of expanding out of her home and into a new building that will one day hold a computer lab and academic and creative resource areas. Diane is an Angel here on earth. Please watch this video and be inspired!
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