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.
Bob Knotts | February 21, 2013
Sometimes we all ponder the big questions, don’t we? Why are we here? Where are we going? What becomes of us in the end? At the Humanity Project, we think about these things too — through art. All our Humanity Project programs and other materials use the arts in one form or another to help convey a positive message and also to make sure that message sticks in the minds of the people who can benefit from it. One example of this is our original stories for adult readers, which we like to call fables. Short fictional tales of this type have been used for centuries to convey meaningful ideas. The tenth Humanity Project fable just has been completed and posted, dealing with some of those big questions in a fresh, brief, fun way.
Bob Knotts | February 15, 2013
This week, we’ll offer a brief post — and a link we hope you’ll want to check out. On Wednesday, February 13, the Humanity Project welcomed six of our great high school student staffers into the professional recording studio for a session. These are among the students who are part of our fabulous thp4kids team, creating a very special website for very special fellow students. When it launches online this spring, thp4kids (The Humanity Project 4 Kids) will offer inspiring videos, games, music, quizzes, poetry, blogs and more. From students, for students. This work was made possible by a generous grant from our great friends at State Farm through their Youth Advisory Board. As part of our work, we needed to do several voiceovers for videos as well as to record a podcast about our project … and record an original song by two of the students. …
Bob Knotts | February 5, 2013
It was a very good start to 2013. Our great friends at State Farm let us know they were awarding the Humanity Project a new grant — this time to expand and market our innovative I Care teen driver safety program. This means that we will be able to create videos and original music as well as to develop our I Care Facebook page. The vital funding also will allow us to involve students more effectively in helping to spread the book among their peers.
Bob Knotts | January 30, 2013
Ok, so right to the point: Would you please “Like” the Humanity Project? Oh, and “Follow” us too? Of course, I’m talking about our organization’s active Facebook and Twitter pages. Here are the links. For the Humanity Project Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thehumanityproject And for our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Humanity1 It’s all very painless, we promise.
Bob Knotts | January 25, 2013
“Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.”
Martin Luther King Jr. … At the Humanity Project, we love that quotation. Words from a man who surely knew what he was talking about, a preacher who rose to greatness through extraordinary service to humanity. This idea of greatness through service also is an underlying concept of Humanity Project programs and our other efforts in the community.
Bob Knotts | January 16, 2013
It’s a new school semester … and of course, the Humanity Project is quickly back among the students. One of the programs we teach is Anti-bullying Through The Arts, our acclaimed anti-bullying effort, and we wasted no time in getting this to a new group of elementary school kids. Our first program of the Winter-Spring 2013 session took place only three days after the new semester got underway.
Bob Knotts | January 8, 2013
The new year will be exciting for the Humanity Project. Not least because we will launch our new website in 2013: The Humanity Project 4 Kids. You’ll remember that this is a site especially for socially isolated middle school students, including many LGBT kids. It will feature videos, games, quizzes, photos, poetry, blogs and more. All created by a team of advanced high school students through a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.
Bob Knotts | December 14, 2012
Like people the world over, the Humanity Project is profoundly saddened today by news of massacres against children. In Connecticut and in China, young students were attacked. As I write this post, the latest reports indicate that many died in the United States, many were hurt in China. We mourn the dead and grieve with their families. We feel the pain of those injured, physically and emotionally, at both schools. And we renew our commitment to helping so many other good people work toward a greater understanding of ourselves and each other … and to applying that knowledge in a way that improves society.