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Fantastic Friday: Kids Off the Block Edition

The recent violence in Chicago has led me to think back to a story I saw about a year ago about a woman, Diane Latiker, and an organization she started called Kids Off The Block (KOB).

Latiker started the organization in her own home, in Chicago’s South Side, in order to provide a safe space for teenagers in the community, mentor them to choose positive paths and let them know that someone actually does care about them and believes in their future.  Last year, she mentored over 300 children and as detailed in a profile on Huffington Post:

On any given day, 30 to 50 young people show up at the center for tutoring sessions with teachers and retired educators, job interview training and field trips to museums or the movies.

And amidst the violence, she’s having impact…

Maurice Gilchrist, 15, tells CNN how grateful he is to Latiker.

“I was 12 when I got in a gang — robbing people, stealing. Miss Diane, she just changed my life. I love her for that.”

Unfortunately, she’s also just one person. We need more Diane Latikers

Have A Fantastic Friday Everyone!



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