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Diane Latiker  

Loreal Paris "Woman Of Worth" Top Honoree 2016 / BET "Shine The Light" Awards 2013 / Red Cross "Community Impact" Award 2012 / CNN Top Ten Hero 2011 / Founder - Kids Off The Block

The mother of eight children, “Ms. Diane” has the children refer to her, is a 29 year resident of the Roseland community on the far south side of Chicago. She founded Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB) in her home in July of 2003. Ms. Latiker was given this vision through her mother Evangelist Ruth Jackson. Ms. Jackson, saw that the youth in the neighborhood liked and respected her daughter. Looking at the children that were always at her home, Ms. Diane saw health professionals, doctors, lawyers, professional musicians, professional sports figures, politicians, and actresses, and the list goes on. Ms. Diane believed that 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.

Speech Topics


1. Power of One

2. Youth Violence

3. After School Programs

4. Education (Urban Youth)

5. Youth Leadership

6. Leadership in the Community

7. Community Organizing

8. How to start a Nonprofit

9. Understanding Today's Youth

News


Chicago's Kids Off The Block Founder Strives to Clean Up The Streets

Following President Obama’s speech in Chicago today, addressing gun violence, CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo asks Diane Latiker how she helps fight the epidemic. Latiker, who started nonprofit organization Kids Off the Block, helps thousands of young people to stay off the streets.

How One Woman in Chicago is Combating Gun Violence

Gun violence plagues Chicago. There were more than 2,000 shootings in the city last year alone. The shootings increase in the summer months: over the holiday weekend, dozens of people were shot and nine died in the gunfire. Beneath the sobering figures are personal stories, both of fear and resilience. NBC News' Tracy Jarrett spent time in Chicago to hear them.

Amid Growing Youth Violence In Chicago, One Woman Offers A Safety Net

In a run-down stretch of Chicago's South Michigan Avenue, miles from the museums and skyscrapers, an army of foot-high paving stones stand on shelves along the street. It's a handmade memorial to honor the young people who have died at the hands of the city's street violence. A name is written on each of the 574 stones.

But they are not just names to Diane Latiker.

A safe space in one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods

"Lord knows we have too many guns here. ... We're coming to the point when we accept that this is normal, when you have grandmothers, babies shot in the daytime," said Diane Latiker, founder of Kids Off The Block, who, like Hargove, lives in Chicago's Rosedale neighborhood.

Kids Off The Block Founder Named 'Woman Of Worth' Finalist

ROSELAND — Kids off the Block founder Diane Latiker has been named a 2016 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honoree.

“When I found out, I got really excited,” she said. “I’m very honored and very proud to be included with some remarkable women who give me hope. This let’s me know I’m not alone out here in making this world a better place, especially for our young people.”

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