Bob Knotts | March 30, 2012
I remember walking into the Broward County Public Schools headquarters in the winter of 2008. This is the sixth largest school district in the United States and at the time they were just developing an anti-bullying policy. The district was leading efforts by all school districts in Florida to comply with a new statewide anti-bullying law. Think about that — only four years ago. In my conversation with the two smart women who ran the Broward County Anti-bullying Task Force, I said, “The Humanity Project program will be intended to help students understand one basic idea: bullying is not cool! …”
Bob Knotts | March 24, 2012
We were very pleased to see that our new “I Care!” teen driver safety program already has attracted news coverage — months before the program is actually launched. That’s because our approach to teen driver safety is so unusual, drawing on teen-to-teen friendships and positive peer pressure rather than the usual ineffective scare tactics. You can read more about “I Care!” in two languages. The Spanish language El Sentinel, sister newspaper to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, ran a recent story on our program. Here’s a link to read that well-done piece, en Espanol: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/elsentinel/fl-es-com0317manejo-20120315,0,6835264.story. If you are looking for coverage in English, you can read a good story from the Plantation Forum newspaper: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/plantation/fl-pf-text-0222-20120302,0,1165776.story?track=rss. Either article will give you a bit more detail on what we’re doing.
Bob Knotts | March 16, 2012
Talk about persistence! The Humanity Project’s Anti-bullying Through The Arts program is now four years old. More than 9,000 young children have been part of this program to date. We have watched school bullying change from a social issue that was on the sidelines into a topic that’s very much the center of attention. We’re gratified to see this shift in attitudes. And we are proud that our program has been proven over time, as have some other fine anti-bullying programs of longstanding merit. The Humanity Project has years of empirical data to back up our claims — and the praise of many teachers and guidance counselors as well.
Bob Knotts | March 15, 2012
A short blog today to thank our good friends at State Farm Insurance — the local folks who have supported us for years. We just received a check for their continued support in 2012. And, as always, we appreciate it. Here in South Florida’s Broward County, the nation’s sixth largest school district, these men help the Humanity Project to help our community and beyond. They sponsor our free monthly podcasts, which now are promoted nationally by Google. And they contribute to our efforts to stop school bullying with our acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program.
Bob Knotts | March 8, 2012
(Editor’s Note: The Humanity Project has partnered with a respected nonprofit group in Egypt: the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources, or E-ERA. They are non-governmental and non-religious, working with such organizations as the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Johns Hokins University. Our partnership involves a blog-and-photo exchange to promote better understanding of the humanity we all share. This is E-ERA’s fourth blog about their work to help young people, an article written especially for the Humanity Project by Aliaa Elaghoury of E-ERA. We feel it is especially appropriate on this International Women’s Day.)