Kids Off The Block
Kids Off The Block (KOB) is a memorial of stone blocks of children killed by gun violence located at 11627 S Michigan Ave in Chicago's Roseland community, with the mission: "To provide at-risk low income youth positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence and the juvenile justice system."
KOB provides structured programs and events for youth including Tutoring/Mentoring, Drama, Music, Sports, Community Service, Local/Out of Town Travel, Job Readiness, GED Preparation, Health/Fitness and Nutrition, Cultural Arts.
The following organizations have partnered with Kids Off the Block:
- Roseland Safety Networks
- CAPs (Community Assistance Programs)
- St. John Missionary Baptist Church
- Nehemiah Restoration Coalition
- Illinois Healthcare Consortium
- Phalanx Family Services
- Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce
The organization maintains a memorial to children killed by violence in Chicago (pictured).
Kids Off The Block was started by Diane Latiker ('Ms. Diane') in 2003. As of 2012, over 2,000 kids have been assisted by this program.
- "Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB)". Retrieved 2012-02-19.
- "New hope for Chicago community 'plagued by violence'". CNN US. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
- Official Website
- CNN interview
- Huffington post article
- short video from CNN about organization
- KOB Video about the organization
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