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.
Bob Knotts | May 11, 2013
Wow! We really hope you’ll check out this new website, totally created by teens, for teens … for the Humanity Project. Talented students in Ms. Madeline Rosario’s web design classes took our I Care book and ran with it — and came up with this site for our program. They even recorded a music version of the I Care book’s rap poem, then created an animated video to go with it. You’ll find this on the home page, which is shown in a screenshot photo posted with this blog.
Bob Knotts | May 3, 2013
We have some wonderful news to share this week. Our friends at Sears now have provided financial support for the Humanity Project’s acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program — and have joined our list of official sponsors. We are grateful to add this long-respected retailer to our growing list of great sponsors and community partners. That list can be seen in full by clicking on the Sponsors/Community Partners menu tab above, with such names as State Farm, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Google among them.
site administrator | April 26, 2013
(Editor’s Note: This blog was written especially for the Humanity Project website.)
My name is Angelo Marchelletta, also known as “A-Lo.” I am a singer and songwriter from Windsor, Ontario. My newest single is called “Alive” and it is an anti-bullying song. I grew up in Windsor, a border city with Detroit, so I grew up in a rough neighborhood. There was always trouble wherever I went. It felt like being the tough guy was the thing to be, and it seemed like they could smell out the weakness in people. I remember waking up every day for school and being terrified to go, because I knew that there was this group of bullies that picked on anyone who was weaker than them. They thrived off of it.
Bob Knotts | April 20, 2013
It has been a tough week for those of us in this country, here in the United States. The Boston bombing, the ricin mailings, the chases, the shootings and arrests … and of course the deaths and injuries that followed another terrorist attack. At such times, it helps to look toward the light. And toward faith — faith in other people, ironically enough. Whatever your personal religious beliefs, a faith in humanity surely must be part of a useful belief system for any person.
Bob Knotts | April 13, 2013
See that new logo in this story? Cool, isn’t it? This boldly redesigned I Care logo is only the beginning of all the great new elements coming to our Humanity Project I Care teen driver safety program. We’re about to launch teen-created videos and memes as well as Tumblr and Twitter pages to join our Facebook page … even a whole website devoted to I Care.
Bob Knotts | March 29, 2013
With the arrival of another spring, the Humanity Project is full of hope. We are an optimistic organization anyway, with faith in humanity based on a rational assessment of our past and present as well as our very attainable future as a species. Despite the news stories of tragedy, there is much more good than bad in this world. And the human race truly is moving in the right direction, as studies of things such as worldwide poverty and access to education have shown. And so as millions of our fellow human beings celebrate religious or spiritual holidays, we offer some thoughts on hope, that most human of emotions.
Bob Knotts | March 23, 2013
We will keep this blog very short, mostly because we’d rather have you watch a brief video than spend more time reading. This is the latest 40-sec video from our ongoing thp4kids effort. (You’ll remember that the Humanity Project is leading a talented group of students from South Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida. With their great teacher, Madeline Rosario, we’re creating a unique website for socially isolated middle school students, including many in the LGBT community: thp4kids.com. All this is being done through generous funding from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.) Our quick vid shows some key thp4kids staffers at work … on their Friday off school!
Bob Knotts | March 8, 2013
The Humanity Project has donated four top-of-the-line HP laptops to South Plantation High School in South Florida as part of our effort to create a new website for socially isolated kids, including many in the LGBT community. Our gift also includes subscriptions to the latest Adobe Creative Cloud professional design software. In addition, some of these talented students visited Zebra Studios recording studio last month to tape voiceovers, a podcast and original music for the website, which will be called thp4kids.com (The Humanity Project 4 Kids).
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.