Diane Latiker



The mother of eight children, “Ms. Diane” has the children refer to her, is a 28 year resident of the Roseland community on the far south side of Chicago. She founded the award winning and internationally recognized organization Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB) in her home in July of 2003. The organization recently celebrated 13 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 recognition as a leading institution for the enrichment, empowerment, and personal development for youth in the Roseland community, one of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods. KOB has a team of seven devoted volunteers on a mission to keep at-risk, low-income kids off the block by exposing them to alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system. Diane has been honored as a CNN Top 10 Hero and has received the Village Keepers Award from the Dwayne Wade Foundation along with many other accolades and awards.