Bob Knotts | May 24, 2013
This post will be brief. There’s no need to dwell on the obvious beyond a simple fact: The devastating Oklahoma tornado shattered many lives, and ended others … and the people there need our help. The stories have been heart-rending and sometimes inspiring too, like that of the teacher who laid on top of her students during the height of the storm to protect them, risking her own life. She survived. Some of her kids didn’t, despite her courage. I was in tears listening to this brave woman recount those frightening moments from her hospital bed. There are many, many other such memories among survivors. As always after these awful events, we ask ourselves the question: How can I help? Well, of course we can begin by making a donation. Every one of us can afford at least $10 and the simplest way to give that amount is to text the Red Cross. Just text their name as one word, REDCROSS, to 90999.
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 | 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.
site administrator | April 6, 2013
Can music save the world? Why do we love music so much? I think it might have to do with the fact that when we listen to songs we like, we become music. For those brief moments, we go a little beyond our rational selves with name, position, job and we get to experience a broader range of emotions. Our hearts sing to the beat of music and we experience freedom. And in that space of closeness to our essence, we also get to establish connection with others’ essence. I think that’s the magic of music. It happens at a very personal level and yet it serves as a bridge. When we cross that bridge, we understand each other better. This understanding is the first step towards accepting others and thus establishing stronger social connections.
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 | 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 | December 28, 2012
Many of us have a strong desire to help other people. But for lots of good-hearted people, the question is how to do this. “How can I make a real, meaningful difference?” Of course, there are countless needs in our society and countless ways to assist the effort to meet those needs. Here at the Humanity Project, we rely on dozens of adult and student volunteers to carry out our work. But there is something very simple any of us can do to make a real difference — right now. We can focus on helping other people feel good about themselves, showing them through our words and behavior that they have value as individual members of the human race. That’s not as difficult or lofty as it may sound.
Bob Knotts | November 4, 2012
The Humanity Project is very proud of our list of sponsors. They include State Farm and Broward Sheriff’s Office, the largest fully accredited sheriff’s department in the United States. Our sponsors also include Google, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Dr. David Sharaf, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation — and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital among others. You can find the full list at this link: http://thehumanityproject.com/sponsors/. On Halloween, we joined the good folks at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (JDCH) for another of their community open houses. What fun!
Bob Knotts | September 7, 2011
The Humanity Project has partnered with an important nonprofit group in Egypt: Egyptian Association for Educational Resources, or E-ERA. They are non-governmental, non-religious. Our partnership involves a blog-and-photo exchange to promote better understanding of the humanity we all share. This is E-ERA’s first blog, written just for the Humanity Project.
Bob Knotts | August 23, 2011
Today we’re very glad to announce an important new partnership. The Fort Lauderdale Mommies organization represents moms all over South Florida, from southern Miami-Dade County up through Broward to the very top of Palm Beach County. This group is part of the national Mommies Network, a 501c3 nonprofit just like the Humanity Project. Both nationally and locally, these mommies help other mothers to find support and friendship and even some fun in their communities. The Humanity Project is proud to officially partner with the South Florida chapter.