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Diane Latiker

Diane Latiker

Keynote Speaker: Founder of Kids Off the Block & CNN Hero

Diane Latiker Biography

Diane Latiker has spent her life investing in the next generation. The mother of eight children, Diane Latiker, is a 30 year resident of the Roseland community on the far south side of Chicago. Fueled by a desire to see at-risk kids fulfill their God-given potential she founded the award-winning and internationally recognized organization, Kids Off the Block, Inc., in her home in July 2003.

Latiker was given the founding vision through her mother who saw how much the youth in her neighborhood liked and respected her daughter. Looking at the children who were always at her home, Ms. Diane saw future health professionals, doctors, lawyers, professional musicians, professional sports figures, politicians, and actresses, and the list goes on. She knew she had to help them become all that they could be.

Latiker believed she could make a difference in the community, and with youth, she came in contact with daily. She opened up her home to get these young people off the streets and involved in programs that would benefit them for the rest of their lives. Latiker founded KOB in her living room, and her home has been a safe haven for thousands of at-risk teenagers for more than a decade. Her open door policy is the invitation many kids need to escape from homelessness, gang life, drugs, fighting, and other negative influences of the streets. This safe-haven of support inspires kids to adopt positive mindsets and behaviors that give them a better chance at a promising future and success in life. The organization celebrated 14 years of service to children, teens and young adults in the city of Chicago. Kids Off the Block began with ten neighborhood kids and now has a profound influence in thousands of lives through love, compassion, nurturing and respect.

Through preventive initiatives, young people ages 10-24 have successfully identified and developed their innate gifts and technical skills, expanded their knowledge base about life’s opportunities, and have engaged their personal and recreational interests because of one woman’s selfless sacrifice and determined spirit to show how much she believes in them.

Latiker is a CNN Top 10 Hero (2011) and a L’Oreal Women Of Worth Top 10 Honoree (2016). Her organization has earned national recognition as a leader for the enrichment, empowerment, and personal development of youth in the Roseland community, one of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods. KOB's team of devoted volunteers are on a mission to keep at-risk, low-income kids off the block by exposing them to positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system.

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Diane Latiker Speaking Topics

9. Understanding Today's Youth

8. How to start a Nonprofit

7. Community Organizing

6. Leadership in the Community

5. Youth Leadership

Diane Latiker Videos

Diane Latiker - YouTube
South Side Chicago Woman Protects Thousands Of At-Risk Kids ...
Diane Latiker Interview: Fighting Violence in Chicago, one stone at a ...

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Diane Latiker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Inspirational, Youth, Family & Parenting, Education, Diversity, Black Heritage, Motivational, Leadership, Non-Profit & Association and Social Activism.

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Diane Latiker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Motivational Youth and Family & Parenting. The estimated speaking fee range to book Diane Latiker for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Diane Latiker generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Coach Ken Carter, Liz Dozier and Nikki Giovanni. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Diane Latiker for an upcoming event.

Diane Latiker Speaking Topics

  • 9. Understanding Today's Youth

  • 8. How to start a Nonprofit

  • 7. Community Organizing

  • 6. Leadership in the Community

  • 5. Youth Leadership

Diane Latiker Videos

Diane Latiker - YouTube
South Side Chicago Woman Protects Thousands Of At-Risk Kids ...
Diane Latiker Interview: Fighting Violence in Chicago, one stone at a ...

Diane Latiker News

  • Kids Off The Block Founder Named 'Woman Of Worth' Finalist

    ROSELAND — Kids off the Block founder Diane Latiker has been named a 2016 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honoree. “When I found out, I got really excited,” she said. “I’m very honored and very proud to be included with some remarkable women who give me hope. This let’s me know I’m not alone out here in making this world a better place, especially for our young people.”

  • A safe space in one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods

    "Lord knows we have too many guns here. ... We're coming to the point when we accept that this is normal, when you have grandmothers, babies shot in the daytime," said Diane Latiker, founder of Kids Off The Block, who, like Hargove, lives in Chicago's Rosedale neighborhood.

  • Amid Growing Youth Violence In Chicago, One Woman Offers A Safety Net

    In a run-down stretch of Chicago's South Michigan Avenue, miles from the museums and skyscrapers, an army of foot-high paving stones stand on shelves along the street. It's a handmade memorial to honor the young people who have died at the hands of the city's street violence. A name is written on each of the 574 stones. But they are not just names to Diane Latiker.

  • How One Woman in Chicago is Combating Gun Violence

    Gun violence plagues Chicago. There were more than 2,000 shootings in the city last year alone. The shootings increase in the summer months: over the holiday weekend, dozens of people were shot and nine died in the gunfire. Beneath the sobering figures are personal stories, both of fear and resilience. NBC News' Tracy Jarrett spent time in Chicago to hear them.

  • Chicago's Kids Off The Block Founder Strives to Clean Up The Streets

    Following President Obama’s speech in Chicago today, addressing gun violence, CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo asks Diane Latiker how she helps fight the epidemic. Latiker, who started nonprofit organization Kids Off the Block, helps thousands of young people to stay off the streets.

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