The Humanity Project

To create and implement innovative programs that teach children and adults how to use cooperation and social connection for individual development and grassroots community improvement
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  • A True Community Partner

    Posted By on November 24, 2015

    We love Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. For many reasons. They go out of their way to treat sick kids with compassion, using fresh approaches that can make a big difference. Lotsy Dotsy is their longtime staff clown, someone who is quick to bring a toy musical instrument or stuffed animal to a suffering child … inspiring a smile or maybe a good healthy laugh. Nutmeg is the JDCH resident dog, offering lots of warm friendly petting opportunities to those kids. JDCH believes in something they call the Power of Play — and so does the Humanity Project. That approach brings the spirit and mind of a child into the therapeutic mix through playful activity, motivating them to heal.

    Of course we’re also grateful to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for another reason. For the past several years, this important health institution has sponsored the Humanity Project’s programs, first our anti-bullying efforts and then also our teen driver safety program. This month, JDCH renewed that sponsorship with a generous, and much-needed, check to us. We thank them, most sincerely.

    And we must single out some important individuals there too, folks who work for JDCH/Memorial Healthcare System and serve as their connections with the Humanity Project. They include Linda Herbert, who is Lotsy Dotsy.

    Lotsy Dotsy visits the Humanity Project

    Lotsy Dotsy visits the Humanity Project

    And Milin Espino, Director of Community Relations, as well as other wonderful people including Jennifer Belyeu, Theresa Garcia, Tim Curtin, Kerting Baldwin, Jamie Wood, Marilyn Camerota, Peggy Quinlan and others. A big thanks to each of them.

    Yes, we love Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. And we love working with them to improve the lives of children. We believe that JDCH and the Humanity Project make a great team.

    Nous Aimons Paris

    Posted By on November 18, 2015

    This is a more personal post for me, though I write it on behalf of the Humanity Project. I know our Board of Directors will share many of the sentiments I express here. We join the world in mourning the loss of life and the injuries from last week’s terrorist attack in the City of Light. Of course we do … All civilized people feel that way. And we are saddened by the people whose ignorance and hatred spawn such violence. We mourn for them too — for their lost potential, for their lost feelings of our common humanity. They might have done something decent to help others. They didn’t. It is a very sad thing all around, for victims and perpetrators alike. The loss is humanity’s loss. Every one of us suffers as a result of any attack on innocent lives. New iPhone pics -- Nov 2015 038

    I recall my first visit to Paris when I was 20-years-old, part of a classic hitchhiking-around-Europe thing that was the norm back then. I was utterly enchanted by the city. The great sights, the ambience, the people … I felt intoxicated. I’ve visited Paris a few times since, including during the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. I stayed in Paris for a time before and after covering that 1994 anniversary in Normandy as a newspaper reporter. And I loved Paris all over again.

    We all love Paris, don’t we? As they would say in French, “Nous aimons Paris!” Even if we’ve not yet had the chance to drink up the unique atmosphere in person. We love knowing there is a Paris.

    Paris will recover from this attack, as will France. As will we all. And in the end, we will win. The terrorists will go the way of all terrorists — into the margins of history. The Humanity Project stands with the people of Paris, the people of France and all the caring human beings that make up the vast bulk of humanity. And those of us at this organization are more determined than ever to do our small part to enhance the humanity we all share.

    Major National Attention For The Humanity Project

    Posted By on November 8, 2015

    The Humanity Project is featured in a great new article in State Farm’s national online magazine, Good Neighbors. The story talks about the expansion of our unique and innovative teen driver safety program, I Care: Just Let Me Drive. We hope you’ll want to click on over to read the story — and perhaps post a comment: Read the State Farm Good Neighbors article about the Humanity Project. 

    Rina Matarasso and her parents

    Rina Matarasso and her parents

    This is how the story begins: “As a new driver, I listen and observe closely what my parents say about safe driving, but sometimes their words don’t match their actions behind the wheel,” says Rina Matarasso.

    “I caught myself, a couple of times, mapping on the phone while driving,” says Charlie Matarasso, Rina’s dad. “I take quick glances at my phone to see if I missed a call. I know I shouldn’t do it and I tell my daughter not to, but I still do it sometimes.” A survey conducted by State Farm® in 2011 reported 54 percent of teens have seen their parents using a phone while driving. Parents are one of the most important influences on teen drivers and how they handle themselves behind the wheel creates a powerful example for their teens. …”

    Be sure to click on that link to read the rest of the piece. We can’t thank State Farm enough for this new national attention for our very special program — which now offers something just for parents of teen drivers, a fun and funny booklet called, I Care: Just Help Them Drive. You’ll find that booklet available for a free download right here on this website: Read the new Humanity Project booklet for parents of teen drivers. Of course, you already know that State Farm is the major sponsor of the I Care program, joined by other wonderful supporters that include Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Google. Thanks to them, we can bring the public this program at no cost — and so help thousands of teen drivers stay much safer on the road.

    Humanity Project Turns 10!

    Posted By on November 1, 2015

    On November 3, 2005, the State of Florida incorporated a new nonprofit organization called the Humanity Project.

    Bob Knotts

    Bob Knotts

    As the Humanity Project’s founder, I paid the state fees out of my own pocket — and paid for just about everything else too for the next few years. Now that this group is turning 10-years-old, I’m proud of what its become. And we hope you’ll help us to celebrate during our two-month, holiday-time 10 year anniversary party, something we’re calling the “10 By 10 Humanity Party.” Meaning, “10 years and 10 dollars” for our cause. That’s all we’re asking you for. Only ten dollars, tax-deductible.

    Just go to our Join/Donate page, where you can send us the money through the JustGive donate button or the QR code, which connects your smartphone to our JustGive donation page. It’s very safe and secure. Or you can mail your donation to our office in South Florida, located outside Fort Lauderdale: The Humanity Project, 604 NE 2nd Street, #331, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

    There are other ways you can help us during the 10 By 10 Humanity Party. We’d love our supporters to throw their own Humanity Party, asking a few friends to get together for a TV football night or a movie or a dinner, each person contributing their $10 to help our kids. The party organizer then can send us the money through JustGive or by mail. Instead of a holiday party this year, why not hold your own Humanity Party as a way to bring together people to make life better for children? It’s easy and fun. Humanity Party JPEG with info

    We’ll also soon conduct a national online auction through PayPal’s charitable giving arm — and as you can see in the previous blog post, we’ll be offering some quality items for you to pick up. Often at a fraction of the retail cost. Look for more information about our 10 By 10 Humanity Party Auction in this blog very soon.

    Yes, as the organization has grown we need more and more of the funding that is the oxygen for any nonprofit. Without money, the Humanity Project can’t do much. I still draw no salary from the Humanity Project, nor does anyone else. All funds go toward our programs, something that’s not changed during our entire 10 years. Sometimes I still pay Humanity Project expenses from my own pocket. That hasn’t changed either. But much is different now than when I founded the group. We organized and led the nation’s first mass children’s march against bullying. We have three major programs that have helped tens of thousands of children around the United States. We created our PeacePage and more than 100 podcasts, plus several hundred blogs, videos, fables and other materials. All of it is free to the public — schools, hospitals, universities, companies, individuals. Anyone or anything can use our work at no cost. We want our positive ideas, programs and materials to help as many people as possible. The Humanity Project grew out of my writing career, an effort to translate my beliefs about how to improve the world from the page to the community. I’m the author of 24 books, five plays and countless poems and articles and blogs. The Humanity Project connects my ideas to the real world through action such as our acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program, our unique and effective I Care teen driver safety program … and our extraordinary website for socially isolated youth.

    I’m very pleased with all that we’ve accomplished so far. We have a great Board of Directors and many student and adult volunteers to help carry out our work. Please consider joining our efforts in whatever way you can as we move forward into a new decade of “Helping kids to help kids.”

    New Sponsor Helps Us Help Kids

    Posted By on October 31, 2015

    We’re pleased to announce a new sponsor — and an upcoming online auction they’re helping to make happen. The upscale art gallery, Blue Gallery, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has donated a wonderful artwork to the Humanity Project’s fundraising efforts this autumn. And in so doing, they help us to help more of the kids who need us. You can visit the gallery in person if you’re in the area or online at

    "Romantic Evening" by Isaac Maimon

    “Romantic Evening”
    by Isaac Maimon

    Blue Gallery’s founder and owner is Rami Rotkopf, who was born into his family’s art business in Israel. The Humanity Project is proud to welcome Blue Gallery to our impressive list of sponsors — and we thank them for the generous donation. You see the artwork there to the right. It’s a piece called “Romantic Evening” by Isaac Maimon, a 13 x 17 inch limited edition serigraph on paper. The artist’s bio is at this link: Read more about Isaac Maimon’s work.

    You’ll have a chance in November to bid on this piece as part of our big 10th anniversary celebration that runs from November 1 through the end of the year. We’ll be giving you details in upcoming blogs. For now, though, another big thanks to Blue Gallery … We are grateful for your generosity.

    Helping The Community

    Posted By on October 24, 2015

    A brief post to share some pictures with you … taken at three of our most recent community events. First, reading to pre-K kids as part of an attempted world record for group reading — I have to admit I never did hear if we all set the record or not.

    A collage from the big group read ...

    A collage from the big group read …

    But I sure enjoyed reading to the charming children at Learn & Smile Preschool this week.

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    At the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Halloween bash

    Then we attended the big annual Halloween event for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, a loyal sponsor of the Humanity Project. We talked with lots and lots of kids and parents about bullying and also chatted with older teens and parents about safe driving — of course, the Humanity Project offers unique programs for anti-bullying and safe teen driving. Finally, our Board VP Stephanie Wong used our third major program,, as a springboard during her session with the National Interschool Brigade Movement of Jamaica.

    Fun with the brigade!

    Fun with the brigade!

    She’ll post a blog in this space soon about her enriching experience with those kids. All these events were great fun. And all were part of our growing emphasis on taking our programs into the community even more effectively, person to person. We hope to meet you in person at one of our events soon.








    Talk To Your Teen Driver

    Posted By on October 17, 2015

    We usually avoid citing lots of numbers in these blogs — statistics can be confusing and, let’s face it, just plain boring. But National Teen Driver Safety Week calls for a few figures to make our point. First, though, a little background. Our great Humanity Project sponsor, State Farm, was one of the major organizations that worked with Congress to designate the third week in October as a national moment to discuss teen driver safety. ICareLogo -- high resOf course, State Farm also helped us to create our I Care teen driver safety program, now with a book for teens and another book for parents.

    Because of our unique program, we proudly support National Teen Driver Safety Week. Which brings us back to those numbers we alluded to earlier. Here’s a statistic worth sharing, based on a recent study: Only 25% of parents have talked seriously with their teen drivers about how to handle an automobile,  even though auto crashes remain the leading killer of teenagers. That’s shocking, really.

    At the same time, the danger is getting worse for many teen drivers. A couple more stats to make our meaning clear: In Florida, where the Humanity Project is based, teen driver fatalities jumped by nearly 25% from 2013 to 2014. That’s according to numbers provided by the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition and Florida SADD. As you might expect, teen driver crashes also increased during that same period.

    So this blog really is a plea to the adults who visit our website. Parents, grandparents, educators, counselors, nonprofit staffers … and anyone else who lives or works with teenagers of driving age. Please sit down and share your motoring experiences, with a few tips on how to drive more carefully. Obviously, these should include advice about avoiding distractions, looking far down the road, wearing a seat belt, keeping the number of passengers to a minimum. Oh, and you can pass along our I Care web address too: Our program was created by teens, for teens … and for parents.

    As with most tough social problems, dangerous teen driving requires many, many of us to work together toward solutions. Not only during National Teen Driver Safety Week, but every week of the year.

    Help Us Help Them

    Posted By on October 9, 2015

    There’s a brand new way for you to help us to help kids. You can join the Humanity Project for any size donation starting at $10. And now we’ve made it easier than ever. You can simply use your phone to scan the new QR code (which means, “Quick Response” code) on our Join/Donate page. To make it quicker still, we’ll include the code below in this blog post.

    Just use your smartphone to scan the code and donate to the Humanity Project

    Just use your smartphone to scan the code and donate to the Humanity Project

    The Humanity Project is about to turn 10-years-old. Our 10th anniversary comes next month and you’ll be hearing a lot more about ways to help us celebrate. We need your support in order to keep doing our important work: Helping Kids To Help Kids! Endeavor Primary Learning Center -- Sept 2014 283

    Please consider joining our nonprofit group today by making a donation in any amount above $10 — that’s the minimum required by our fundraising service, JustGive. By the way, JustGive is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase charitable giving by connecting people with the charities and causes they most care about. They collect money on behalf of more than 1.5 million other nonprofits, including the American Red Cross and Smithsonian Institution. The secure credit card link protects your information.

    Thanks for your help. It means a lot to us — and to our kids.

    Major Humanity Project Program Addition

    Posted By on September 27, 2015

    We have something important to announce and it pleases us a lot. The new addition to our I Care: Just Let Me Drive teen driver safety program is done. It’s a special booklet just for parents, created by teens as well as our parent consultants and auto safety experts. We think you’ll find it as enjoyable as our original I Care book — fun, funny and memorable. Cover

    The new addition is called, I Care: Just Help Them Drive. This time, teens aren’t giving advice to their peers. They’re helping to give parents a clue through the all-original material, including a smart comic book just for those parent drivers. Research shows that parents have an enormous influence on the behind-the-wheel behavior of their kids. If parents drive while talking on the phone or texting or checking sports scores, their teens are more likely to do the same.

    That’s the message of I Care: Just Help Them Drive. And the booklet delivers the point powerfully but without preaching. Read I Care: Just Help Them Drive.

    Once again, we must thank our great friends and sponsors at State Farm for making this possible. They provided the funds and the confidence in our original program, we provided the information and creativity. We hope you’ll check it out. And please pass along the link to a parent who still needs to learn more about safe driving. As we all know, there’s no shortage of them on our roads.

    Teach Your Children Well

    Posted By on September 15, 2015

    A personal view from Humanity Project Founder, Bob Knotts:

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    Bullying even comes from adults sometimes — often arrogant adults who try to bully their way to success.

    Arrogance has been much in the news lately. Especially arrogance by political candidates, along with the usual boasting by some pop stars and athletes. Our culture seems permeated with it. And that got me thinking about the impact that arrogance by public figures has on our kids. Imagine if you were a student in, say, middle school, hearing bits and pieces of the blather from some political candidates — and seeing the apparent admiration this has attracted from a big segment of the voting population. You might easily confuse arrogance with confidence, might believe that being bombastic is just a way of being outgoing. You could begin to get the idea that arrogance is a good thing.

    But it’s not. Most of us already understand this if we stop and think. And adults who influence children must stop and think — often. Arrogance is only insecurity cloaked in bluster. It comes from people who feel deeply unsure about themselves in many important ways, and so rely on bragging about one or two qualities they believe they do possess. Arrogance also may lead to lack of sincere effort, which reduces real chances for success. “I’m already great at this so I don’t need to try!” I believe that sort of attitude is a recipe for mediocrity at best … failure at worst. So I’m making the case here for you to cast a skeptical eye on all the arrogance floating through our media these days — and to raise the topic with those kids of yours. What do they think about these people? Where do they think arrogance comes from? Does it really work? How does it make other people feel about themselves? These sorts of questions can help them to cast a skeptical eye on arrogance as well, whether it’s arrogance from public figures or from other adults and kids they know. Critical thinking about this topic can encourage them to form more constructive approaches in their own daily lives, now and in the future.

    As I noted in a recent blog, the Humanity Project’s main website here at is for adults — programs, materials, ideas and more intended to help you help your kids. You may be a parent, grandparent, teacher, therapist, counselor or any other person in a position to affect the attitudes of children. This organization is all about adults working with kids to create arts-based programs that in turn will help other kids cope with problems such as bullying and distracted driving and social isolation. We help kids to help kids. It’s up to us as adults to make sure our kids get the insight and information they need to grow into healthy, responsible adults. Unfortunately, our culture doesn’t always make that an easy task. With a little extra effort on our part, though, we can nudge those kids in the right direction.