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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    Our tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit group passionately believes society can improve -- if individuals understand why they benefit from moving beyond a purely self-centered life. We offer practical, psychology based ways for both kids and grownups to act not for "me" alone but rather for "us." We hope you'll enjoy exploring our site.

  • Something New … And Hopeful

    Posted By Bob Knotts on April 16, 2014

    If you still haven’t signed up for our free monthly email newsletter, we hope this might, well, inspire you to do so now. Because the newsletter has changed, coming to you in a more concise form that also is more uplifting than ever. We’ll keep this post brief — just long enough to show you a few of the changes we’ve made to the once-a-month-only Humanity Project Newsletter. This screen capture image isn’t large enough to include the lovely photo at the top of our April 2014 newsletter. But we think this gives you the idea.

    Kind of cool, isn’t it? We offer you information about hopeful things going on at the Humanity Project as well as with other great organizations. To receive the Humanity Project Newsletter, just look to the right-hand column of this website. It says “Sign up for our email newsletter” and all we need is your email address. Nothing more. It’s quick and easy to get a monthly dose of inspiration. And as always from the Humanity Project, it won’t cost you a dime.

    Focused On Safety

    Posted By Bob Knotts on April 7, 2014

    As we had noted in a recent blog, April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Since our very cool, teen-created I Care teen driver safety program is mainly about the dangers of distracted driving, we felt that another blog on this topic is a good idea. Did you know that if you take your eyes off the road for two seconds or longer, you double your chance of having a car accident? And did you know that on average your eyes are focused away from the road for five seconds when texting — and that at only 55 mph you travel 100 yards during that time? That’s like driving the length of a football field, blindfolded. These are just two of many examples of distracted driving’s perils. At the Humanity Project, we hope to encourage teens to keep their focus where it belongs when on our highways. I Care, of course, avoids scare tactics. All the horrific movies showing car crashes and injured victims, all the dire warnings … they don’t work. Research has long shown that this approach simply doesn’t stay in the minds of teens. Or anyone else, for that matter. Who wants to sit behind the wheel of their car and remember the terrible things that could happen to them in an automobile? It’s simply too scary for us, so we push those memories out of our minds and go on our merry motoring way. Texting, checking email, looking at sports scores, etc. But I Care uses humor and pathos and appealing graphics to deliver our message, then we ask teens to share that message with their best friends and parents in ways that can alter behind-the-wheel behavior. Still, it is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month afterall. We hope the facts quoted above can serve as a reality check to each of us. Let’s face it, nearly every motorist could do a better job of paying attention to their driving. Maybe this month is a good time for us to begin.

    Major National Blog Lauds Humanity Project

    Posted By Bob Knotts on March 31, 2014

    The Humanity Project comes in for some very nice praise in a new blog just posted on Daily Kos. Click here to go to the Daily Kos article. If you’re not familiar with Daily Kos, here are some basics: It is the largest progressive community website in the United States, with more than 2.5 million unique visitors monthly and a quarter of a million registered users.

    Just a few members of our large thp4kids student team

    That is some wonderful new exposure for our ideas and programs — and we thank the article’s author, Golda Velez of California. Golda has worked on this blog for several weeks, conducting interviews and reviewing the latest research on bullying. You’ll find the blog enlightening, we think. She focuses especially on the Humanity Project’s new website for socially isolated teens, including many in the LGBT community. That site is www.thp4kids.com … and we’re very proud of it. If you haven’t checked it out lately, please do. You will discover an all-new, much edgier design created by students to appeal to our teen audience. There’s also a national hotline for kids who need immediate guidance. We’ll be telling you more soon about some of the changes to thp4kids, which of course stands for “The Humanity Project 4 Kids.” For now, though, we wanted to let you know about this latest round of national media attention for the Humanity Project … and to again thank Golda Velez and Daily Kos for helping more folks find our free materials.

    More Social Than Ever

    Posted By Bob Knotts on March 23, 2014

    Check it out! Look just to the left of this blog — yes, at the icons that have been added to our website. Those icons are new … and overdue. Because the Humanity Project has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to using social media to spread an uplifting message. Indeed, we’re proud to say that this organization has hosted our own Facebook and Twitter and YouTube pages far longer than many major national and international nonprofits. In the past year or so, we’ve also added Tumblr and Instagram pages. And we’ve had a Humanity Project blog and podcast since our group first came before the public in 2006. (We were incorporated in 2005 but spent several months developing our original edgy website before announcing the birth of the Humanity Project.) All this to say we’ve at last linked our website to our social media in a way that makes it easier for you to find us out there among the millions of other pages on Twitter and Facebook and the rest. Try them out for yourself, those new icons. They will transport you straight to our main social media pages. On those pages, you can interact with us quickly and simply. We’d love to hear from you, btw! Just click an icon and tell us what we can do for you … you’ll hear back from us very soon, we promise!

    National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    Posted By Bob Knotts on March 16, 2014

    Several years ago, I was in a car accident. Only a fenderbender, luckily — but I caused it and got a traffic ticket for following too closely. My mistake? I got distracted, probably for no more than 3 seconds as I drove beside the South Florida ocean and gazed toward something by the sea. Traffic in front of me had stopped abruptly, I had noticed too late. Boom. The older I get, the more aware I become of how distracted I often am inside a car. Not just by cellphones, which I tend to avoid behind the wheel whenever possible. No, I also find myself distracted by good music or by looking at the scenery as I did that day at the Atlantic Ocean. Or by drinking coffee in the car or by reaching for something I want or simply by a preoccupation with my thoughts and feelings. Or … the list goes on. I’m working at stopping this behavior in no small part because the Humanity Project created our own program to combat distracted driving among teens. How can I be a hypocrite by not practicing what we preach at this organization? I shouldn’t. Though we tend to take driving far too casually in the United States, the reality is that it’s by far the most dangerous thing most of us will ever do. Each time we set foot in a car we also put at risk our property, our health and our very lives … as well as our freedom. Ask those serving time in jails and prisons for serious traffic infractions what I mean. I’m writing about all this today for a good reason: Next month is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It’s a good chance for drivers of any age to heed the wake-up call from the Humanity Project and the many other organizations working to stop folks from driving while paying attention to something else. Our great friends at State Farm are the main sponsor of the Humanity Project program I mentioned, which is called I Care: Just Let Me Drive. Like us, State Farm is spreading the word about the dangers of distracted driving through efforts that include their consistent support year in and year out for I Care. We are very grateful for their funding, the money that makes it possible for us to continue expanding I Care — a program that reaches now into Florida teen traffic court and into high schools from Tallahassee to Jacksonville to Miami. And still growing, thanks in part to the help from our partners at Florida SADD and their dynamic state leader, Danielle Branciforte. During April, we’ll be reminding you about National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. For now, the Humanity Project just wanted to let you know about the important attention that will be devoted all next month to a very serious issue. As for me, well, you may be happy to hear that I’ll be trying even harder to stay focused whenever I’m on the roads. It’ll be a lot safer for all of us that way.

    Our Anti-bullying Hand Sign

    Posted By Bob Knotts on March 8, 2014

    Have you seen it yet? The video? If not, you must … and then pass it along to a young child you love. We’re talking about our short video about the cool hand sign created by the Humanity Project as part of our Anti-bullying Through The Arts program. (We invented this hand sign in 2012 as one additional program element intended to help our elementary school children remember the main message we repeat during our in-school visits: “Bullying hurts everyone in this school … and it takes everyone to stop it!”

    We now have this video posted on our Videos/Music page here on www.thehumanityproject.com as well as on our YouTube page at www.youtube.com/hpflorida. But we want to make sure you know about it so we’re posting it again in our blog. We offer the anti-bullying hand sign free, of course, like everything in all Humanity Project programs. Our great sponsors make that possible by providing the funding we need, day in and day out.  The only thing we ask is that when you share it, you let others know it comes from the Humanity Project. Thanks … Take a look and the video now, please.

    More Than Skin Deep

    Posted By Bob Knotts on February 27, 2014

    We have known Dr. David Sharaf for more than 15 years — and used his services exclusively during that time for our personal health care. A few years ago, this fine and respected physician also became a sponsor of the Humanity Project. And in February, he renewed that sponsorship again on behalf of the dermatology practice of which he’s a key part: Skin and Cancer Associates and the Center for Cosmetic Enhancement. You’ll find links to Dr. Sharaf at their website: http://www.scacce.com. As always, everyone at the Humanity Project is very grateful to Dr. Sharaf and his colleagues. If you’re searching for a first-class dermatologist, and you live in South Florida, we urge you to consider looking into Dr. David Sharaf. We’ve found him to be caring, thorough and highly competent … as well as a very nice guy to boot. But we’re also impressed with his willingness to help our cause. We’ve come to learn that he is a man who truly does want to help people and is willing to back up that desire in a tangible way. His efforts help us financially as well as medically, keeping us healthy so that we can assist others through our innovative and much-needed programs. Thank you, Dr. David Sharaf. You’re both a good doctor and a good man.

    Grownup Fitness And Fun … To Help Kids

    Posted By Bob Knotts on February 20, 2014

    It is an annual event in South Florida that seems to grow bigger every year. They call it the Tour de Broward, a day of five fitness activities offered by our good friends (and much appreciated sponsors) at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. JDCH hosts the Tour de Broward to raise money for its well-respected hospital. In 2014, the funds will benefit their Pediatric Cardiac Center.

    That center is an important part of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. As they note on the Tour de Broward website, congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the United States. The money that comes in from Tour de Broward will buy high-tech equipment and also pay for emergency assistance for families. Presented by zMotion, the Tour de Broward is a fun day that involves 100K and 50K cycling, a 5K timed run, a 3K family walk and the Power of Play Kid Zone. It all happens this Sunday, February 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park in Miramar, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale. For more information, just check out this link: http://tourdebroward.com. We are proud of our association with JDCH, which has now sponsored the Humanity Project for three consecutive years and counting. We look forward to many more years of close collaboration on Humanity Project programs such as our innovative I Care: Just Let Me Drive teen driver safety effort and our nationally acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program. If you’re in South Florida, we hope you’ll find the best way for you to help out during this year’s Tour de Broward. There are many options to explore at that Tour de Broward link above. The weather should be lovely, the people are sure to be upbeat and fun … and the cause is important. What better way to spend a Sunday?

    Standing Up And Standing Together

    Posted By Bob Knotts on February 14, 2014

    We are very pleased to announce some good news: the wonderful Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation has renewed their support for the Humanity Project’s acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program for a second consecutive year. We are proud and honored. If you’re not familiar with the foundation, we hope you’ll check out this link to their website: http://www.standupfoundation.com. You’ll find information about their dedication to the anti-bullying cause. Ben Cohen is a World Cup champion in rugby, a tough sport if ever there was one. But Mr. Cohen lost his father to violence, a terrible incident where the senior Mr. Cohen stood up for an employee who was being attacked and died as a result. As you might imagine, this left a deep scar on the son. And a determination to do something to help those who stand up against violence, especially bullying. The funding provided to the Humanity Project by the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation all goes toward our anti-bullying efforts, which to date have reached more than 15,000 children in South Florida and thousands more in various forms around the United States, from California to Massachusetts. Of course, we also have our amazing website for socially isolated youth, including many in the LGBT community: www.thp4kids.com. That site, by teens and for teens, has a major anti-bullying component. We’re just now redesigning the website to feel even edgier to our young visitors — and we’re adding a hotline through our new partnership with another respected national organization. Stay tuned for more on that soon. For now, we offer our sincere thanks to Ben Cohen and everyone at the StandUp Foundation. We think we make a terrific team.

    Anti-bullying Through The Arts

    Posted By Bob Knotts on February 8, 2014

    The Humanity Project’s nationally acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program is special — we reach out and connect bystander students with bullying victims, helping the uninvolved kids to understand why their involvement is essential. As we always tell the elementary school kids who see our program, “Bullying hurts everyone in this school — and it takes everyone to stop it!” We have a new video we hope you’ll watch, just 60 seconds long. In that single minute, our Gabriela Pinto tells you her thoughts about helping us present Anti-bullying Through The Arts to thousands of children. More than 15,000 young students so far and counting. We hope you’ll check out the video and pass along the link. And also let your local elementary school know about the Humanity Project’s terrific program, please.