We are really excited about the launch of our new Tec Center! Click here to get involved!

With the world heading in an unknown direction, there is one thing we all know for sure; there are certain things that will never be the same again. And education is at the front of that ever changing phenomena. An education is the most important asset for a child. Depending on geographical location and other variables, parents typically find it financially impossible to pay for both daycare and extracurricular activities. Our Tec Center will provide parents with the ability to educate their children, while at the same time enlightening them with extracurricular activities geared more towards their children’s talents, skills, and ambitions. The inability for hard-working parents to provide both of these life necessities is why we created the Tec Center. For the first time, hard-working parents can both educate their children, and provide extracurricular activities that keeps their kids off the streets. And they will be able do all of this for less than the cost of daycare alone. Through sponsorships, memberships, and endorsements, we will be fortunate enough to put 50-100 kids per session through a program that will enhance their life skills in many areas such as education, technology, music, film, sports and more! That’s right! KOB has revolutionized the way children learn and thrive in our communities! If you would like to get involved, or know more, please contact [email protected]. We thank you again for taking the time to learn more about our new Tec Center! Diane Latiker – Founder/President
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Welcome To Kids Off The Block

Kids Off The Block has made a commitment to the youth in our communities. We will guide you, respect you, care for you, love you, provide a safe place for you, build a relationship with you, listen to you, and help you to succeed.

The Power of One

KOB, as it is known, was founded in 2003 by Diane Latiker, a mother of eight, who opened her home to youth in her community to help steer them away from the negative influences of the streets.

Memorial To Our Fallen Youth

Kids Off The Block maintains a memorial of stones of young people killed by gun violence.

An Introduction to Kids Off The Block

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all began


Get to know how Kids Off The Block took form and has impacted the lives of thousands of youth.

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Learn about Founder Diane Latiker

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