Bob Knotts | August 31, 2012
Just a brief blog today to let our friends know that the Humanity Project is off to a flying start in this new 2012-2013 school year. In only the first week of classes, we presented our highly respected Anti-bullying Through The Arts program to nearly 1,000 kids. Well, 990 to be exact. The photo you see was snapped during our visit to Park Trails Elementary School in Parkland, Florida. Nice group of kids, teachers and administrators … We enjoyed our presentations there. Now we’re lining up more schools for this busy fall semester here in South Florida, where we’re based. But we also will be exporting our program to the Chicago school system in a few months.
Bob Knotts | August 20, 2012
We just received official word: The Humanity Project has been awarded the largest grant in our nearly seven year history. This comes from our great friends and sponsors at State Farm, specifically their Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The State Farm YAB is a panel of young people who are given the responsibility to award $5 million in nationally competitive grants each year. These socially conscious students read through hundreds of applications before selecting a relative few for their important awards. This money will go for a valuable purpose at the Humanity Project, enabling us to build a new companion website just for kids. It will be called thp4kids.com: The Humanity Project 4 Kids. The site will focus on innovative but fun content for socially isolated youth from about the ages of 8-14, the years when so many children are confused and lonely and often bullied as well. Part of our goal is to make thp4kids a webaite that is appealing to some kids in the LGBT community, the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender youths who frequently struggle with issues of identity.
Bob Knotts | August 15, 2012
The Humanity Project tackles big social issues in creative ways, whether in our acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program or our original philosophy of shared value or our bold new “I Care!” teen driver safety program. But sometimes we have to pause to recognize a special individual who has contributed to the group in one way or another. So today, we wish a Very Happy Birthday to Sondra Lucas!
Bob Knotts | August 11, 2012
It’s done at last! After more than seven months of work, the Humanity Project’s new “I Care! teen driver safety program will launch this month. See the logo in the photo in this blog? That’s on the cover of a book that will form the foundation of the “I Care!” program … but the book is only the beginning. We plan a text message campaign, Facebook page and more to grab the attention of today’s busy teens. So what is “I Care!” all about? Under Humanity Project guidance, talented young people created a brief but powerful book intended for teens to share with their very best friends.
Bob Knotts | August 4, 2012
On August 1, a new national anti-bullying website went online — with the Humanity Project as a core member. The respected Sears retail chain has organized a new Internet destination for families who deal with bullying issues. You’ll find the site at this link: Sears.com/teamup. The campaign is called “Team Up to Stop Bullying.” The home page offers links to uplifting stories about anti-bullying campaigns, statistics about bullying — even a help line to call for assistance. (That number is 1-855-201-2121. Or you can text 20121 with the keyword “121help.”) A bit lower on the page, you’ll find a link to the Humanity Project and other anti-bullying organizations at the “Team Up Member Directory”: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/dap_10153_12607_DAP_anti-bullying-member-directory?adCell=W3 . The Humanity Project was among the nonprofits groups contacted originally by Sears when they began to plan this new website and we’re among 50 or so groups around the country now listed by Sears.