Bob Knotts | May 19, 2013
The Humanity Project was proud to be part of an event this weekend here in South Florida, where our national nonprofit organization is based. We helped to plan and then participated in the big “Above the Influence” march and rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Despite some heavy rain at times, more than 2,000 students and adults turned out on May 18 to show their support for smart, healthy decisionmaking by youths. Above the Influence means above bullying, above substance abuse … and more. The march harkened back in some ways to our own Humanity Project “Thousand Youth March for Humanity,” the nation’s first mass children’s march against bullying. That event was held in November 2008, well before the bullying issue became topical across the United States and beyond.
site administrator | February 28, 2013
(Editor’s Note: This blog was written for the Humanity Project by Dr. Laura Finley, Vice President of the Humanity Project Board of Directors. Dr. Finley is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University.) The United States has seen a deluge of much-needed attention to the issue of bullying in the last decade. Horrific examples of young people harassing and abusing their peers, sometimes to the point that the victims commit suicide, have forced parents and educators to begin thinking about the issue and to initiate or expand bully prevention efforts. What is often missed in these discussions, however, is the problem of adults who bully young people. Adult bullies cause perhaps even more damage, as it is adults that young people are supposed to trust and to look up to.
Bob Knotts | December 14, 2012
Matt Corey has long been a great friend of the Humanity Project. Now he’s officially an important part of it. In November, Matt was unanimously and enthusiastically elected to our Board of Directors. As some of you may know, Matt Corey is the president and CEO of Insight for the Blind, a 38-year-old nonprofit organization that records books and magazines for the Library of Congress “Talking Books” program. Based in South Florida, Insight is a respected national charitable group that makes a huge difference in the lives of many people.
site administrator | September 19, 2012
Due to the tireless work of numerous activists, organizations, parents and politicians, Florida is now-considered to have a model anti-bullying law. Florida state law requires schools to integrate anti-bullying efforts into their policies, procedures and curricula. Many amazing organizations like the Humanity Project help to provide special programs that utilize the arts, music, role plays, dialogue and more to help young people see that bullying hurts everyone and that it takes everyone to stop it. Such programs are an important step in reducing school-based bullying. It is essential, however, that we move beyond an “anti” model. It can be tiring and depressing always working against something. Young people need to be presented with an alternate model, something to aspire to.
site administrator | July 5, 2012
(Editor’s Note: The following piece was written by Dr. Laura Finley, who sits on the Humanity Project Board of Directors. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University. Dr. Finley wrote this article for the Humanity Project.)
Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. What do these three notorious men have in common? Obviously, all three were horrific serial killers. Also important, however, is that all three were bullied in school.
site administrator | January 19, 2012
Editor’s Note: This blog was written for the Humanity Project by Dr. Laura Finley, Vice President of the Humanity Project Board of Directors. Dr. Finley is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University: As a new Board Member for the Humanity Project, I wanted to offer a short piece on an area in which I have some expertise. That is the connection between dating and domestic violence and bullying.
Bob Knotts | January 12, 2012
As the New Year begins, we proudly welcome a wonderful new member to the Humanity Project team. In December, Dr. Laura Finley was unanimously elected as a Vice President of our Board of Directors. Laura earned her Ph.D. in sociology and currently is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University. She is the author or co-author of ten books as well as many journal articles and book chapters. Her impressive resume includes active involvement at the local, state and federal levels to promote peace, justice and human rights.
Bob Knotts | March 1, 2011
We’re pleased to unveil a new mission statement. If you look on our website, you’ll see it: “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.” It is on every main page of that site.
Bob Knotts | February 1, 2011
The Humanity Project is very pleased to announce our newest addition to this organization. Gabriela Pinto has been elected unanimously to join the Board of Directors. All of us in the Humanity Project family welcome her.
Bob Knotts | July 23, 2010
The Humanity Project today officially welcomes our newest member of the Board of Directors. Some of you already know Andrew Leone, Communications Specialist at Children’s Services Council of Broward County.