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KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a dynamic non-profit established by community activist Diane Latiker in 2003.

Originating in her home with just 10 neighborhood youths from Chicago's Roseland community, KOB swiftly evolved into

a vital sanctuary known as an "off the block" haven. It provided a safe harbor for youth and young adults seeking refuge

from the pervasive violence and despair gripping their neighborhoods. Under the visionary leadership of Ms. Latiker, KOB

has become a beacon of hope and empowerment for countless individuals striving for a brighter future.


The KOB Mentoring Initiative champions a community-driven strategy to combat violence, crime, educational setbacks, and poor health outcomes. By offering targeted mentoring, violence prevention, skill enhancement workshops, health and wellness programs, parental guidance, and leisure activities, we aim to foster a safer, healthier, and more prosperous community. Embrace change with us—empower, educate, and elevate through our comprehensive mentoring approach.

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