Outreach in Chicago

Secretary’s Regional Representative Ken Bennett met last week with the nonprofit organization “Kids Off The Block” and leaders in Chicago’s Southside Roseland neighborhood to discuss training and job opportunities to reduce high unemployment rates for African-American youth in the community. The community forum, Bennett said, provided “a critical dialogue to bring hope to a community in which youth face lack of opportunity and violence each day.” “Kids Off The Block” President Diane Latiker, who has been recognized as a CNN Hero, founded the organization in 2003 to provide youth with a safe place to go for support, tutoring and job training.