(Editor’s Note: The following article is adapted from the free Humanity Project newsletter, “Humanity News,” which we email to hundreds of supporters once each month. You can sign up for our newsletter simply by clicking on the “Go” button in the right-hand column of this webpage and typing in your email address.)
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.
The Humanity Project also organized and led the first mass children’s march against bullying in the United States, our November 2008 “Thousand Youth March for Humanity.” That was long before the horrific bullying incidents that created such a media stir. (If you missed it, make sure to watch the inspiring YouTube video of that march. You can find it on this website’s “Videos/Music” page.) In addition, the Humanity Project helped to write the anti-bullying policies here in the nation’s sixth largest school district, in Broward County, Florida … and then built our own program to really connect with young bystanders in school. Research shows bystanders are the key to stopping bullying. So as we create new programs that go beyond bullying, the Humanity Project just wanted to let you know we’re sticking with the task at hand too. Our acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program works! And we’re going to get it to as many kids as we can in the months and years ahead. You can depend on that.