WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.A nonprofit youth group that promotes anti-violence in Chicago is hosting its first-ever Thanksgiving dinner for teens.
Kids Off the Block Founder Diane Latiker is known for opening her Roseland home to teenagers.
Low-income and at-risk youth often sit around her dining room table. Today she is preparing a turkey feast in a tent across the street from her home. She expects three-hundred teens to come.
LATIKER: The majority of the youth that are coming are youth that are in the streets – that’s their environment, the streets. That’s all that they have as far as recreation or resources.
They’ll be there for the camaraderie and cranberry sauce. And they’ll take a pledge of nonviolence.
She says the dinner has another purpose – mending the frayed relationship between teens and the police.
Officers will be on hand to volunteer…and talk to young people in a different setting.
I’m Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio.