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

Learn how it
all began

 

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

Learn how it all began
Learn about Founder Diane Latiker

Our Latest News

Are Racial Attitudes Really Changing? Some Black Activists Are Skeptical

On a recent day in early August, Ms. Latiker of Kids Off the Block inspected the outdoor basketball court that the nonprofit uses as a home base, hosting tournaments, comedy shows and other events in hopes of keeping children busy — and safe. It is erected next to a...

Preventing Violence and Protecting Children

CHICAGO (WLS) -- After two dangerous and deadly weekends in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown said it would be an all-hands-on-deck approach to keeping people safe over the July Fourth holiday. ABC 7 Chicago spoke with two people who...

Kids off the Block founder Diane Latiker honored as ‘Frontline Hero’ by Variety Magazine

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago activist and beloved neighborhood mom Diane Latiker is being honored as a "Frontline Hero" by Variety Magazine. Latiker founded the nonprofit Kids off the Block in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood. A mother of eight and grandmother of 21, she's...

President Obama drops into a virtual meeting with community leaders from across Chicago

It was an honor to speak at President Obama’s Virtual Meeting!