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

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

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!

In Chicago, a Home Away From Violence

Diane Latiker thinks a 12-year-old kid should be worried about his grades and who he has a crush on—not about getting shot on the walk home from school.

“Pick Up & Go” Event

“Pick Up & Go” Event

On Wednesday June 3, 2020, Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB) hosted a Pop Up "Pick Up & Go" Event!!! In a span of 4 hours we gave away: 600 meals, 500 cups of sanitizer, 415 pairs of gloves and 3,722 masks! When I tell you the Young People showed up and showed out,...

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