Diane Latiker – real life hero.

This week, CNN profiled the work of Diane Latiker. Diane Latiker is a mother and grandmother who was concerned about the toll that violence was taking on the children in her community. Her mother noticed the natural ease that she had with adolescents and suggested that Latiker get involved in work to help youth. The result was Kids off the Block (KOB), a safe zone for community youth that started in her home and now has moved over to the building next door. KOB offers mentoring, homework assistance and a place where kids can escape the pressures and issues that plague their neighborhood. The film below shows a memorial that Latiker set up in front of the community center to represent the young people in the community lost to gun violence since 2007. Although she has over 200 stones in the memorial, 150 stones have yet to be installed.

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