Diane Latiker is a community activist in Chicago, Illinois. Latiker is the founder of the nonprofit, Kids Off the Block (KOB), which provides recreational activities and educational opportunities for young people in Chicago, focusing on the neighborhood of Roseland.
In 2003, Latiker literally turned her own home into a community center for young people. She sold her TV to buy used computers, and got rid of furniture to make space for kids in her home. Latiker did not expect the idea to turn her home into a community center to become so popular, but in about 3 months, she had 75 kids visiting regularly. Latiker became known to the Roseland neighborhood as Ms. Diane.
In 2010, Diane was nominated and was in the top 10 for CNN’s Heroes.