The Humanity Project offers a variety of programs that put our mission into practice through real-world action:
Anti-bullying Through The Arts — This is the Humanity Project’s all-original anti-bullying program for grades K – 5. This program begins with a live 40-minute assembly that includes a positive rap song, roleplaying, stories and a music video – all created and produced by the Humanity Project. The program continues with follow-up classroom materials and, when requested, classroom visits. It is entertaining, memorable and effective. Pre/post testing since the first program in 2009 consistently has shown Anti-bullying Through The Arts is highly effective.
How This Serves Our Mission: We teach bystander students that bullying hurts everyone in school, not only the bullied students, and that action by everyone is needed to help stop bullying. Bystanders learn the value to themselves and others of action for the greater good. Our program connects bystanders with bullied students and shows those bystanders how to cooperate with the bullied students to end the bullying behavior.
Also see the Humanity Project’s free “Anti-bullying Advice For Parents” on this website: http://www.thehumanityproject.com/programs/anti-bullying-advice-for-parents
And read our article “Stopping Violence In Schools” by Humanity Project Board of Directors’ Vice President, Dr. Laura Finley, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University: http://thehumanityproject.com/programs/finley/
Read Dr. Finley’s article for the Humanity Project on the relationship between school bullying and crime: “Bully Today, Criminal Tomorrow”: http://thehumanityproject.com/programs/bully-today-criminal-tomorrow/
“I Care!” Teen Driver Safety – “I Care!” was created by talented high school authors working under the guidance of the Humanity Project. They wrote a book called, “I Care/Just Let Me Drive!” and this innovative teen-to-teen creation forms the foundation of our program. “I Care!” uses all-original rap poetry, quizzes, stories, even a comic book as a fun but powerful way to communicate memorable lessons about safe driving. But then the program asks students to share this book with their three best friends (and parents), who all must read the book and pledge to drive more attentively — not out of fear but rather out of friendship. The message is simple: “Don’t drive safely for yourself. Do it for your best friends (or kids), who want to keep you in one piece because they care about you.” The “I Care!” program now also includes a special website created by teens, for teens as well as original videos, Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr and Instagram pages and more.
How This Serves Our Mission: The program relies on social connections and positive peer pressure as methods to encourage safe teen driving instead of the usual ineffective scare tactics. It emphasizes cooperation among friends as well as cooperation on the roads. “I Care!” is all about helping young drivers to feel connected to other people and to respect those relationships by practicing sensible driving habits.
Download the complete “I Care!” book for free as well as additional copies of the “I Care!” pledge form: http://thehumanityproject.com/programs/i-care
Visit the “I Care!” website: http://thehumanityproject.com/icare
Thp4kids — “The Humanity Project 4 Kids” can be found at thp4kids.com. It is a special, teen-created website made for an equally special group of kids: socially isolated teens, including many in the LGBT community. Like all our programs, the website’s content is all-original from the Humanity Project: videos, music, blogs and poetry, interactive games and quizzes and more. This unique website functions as on online friend and advisor for struggling students who feel disengaged from family and friends in the everyday world.
How This Serves Our Mission: The website connects students with other students who have successfully dealt with the problems that come from social isolation, including sexual identity issues, bullying, cutting, suicidal feelings, low self-value and more. Our high school contributors include members of the Gay-Straight Alliance among many other groups. Thp4kids offers engaging, entertaining lessons that teach teens how to see their individual differences in a positive light, encouraging them to be unique contributors to society.
Visit the thp4kids website: http://thp4kids.com
“PeacePage” — The Humanity Project partnered with our member, Haikaa Yamamoto of the Work of Art Global Project, to create the PeacePage. It is a collaboration with nonprofits and individuals from every continent, including Antarctica, all contributing photographs that powerfully express our common humanity — the deep feelings and other characteristics all humans share.
How This Serves Our Mission: We encourage parents and other adults who interact with kids to share the PeacePage with those children. We believe this special resource can help young people to recognize that underneath our relatively superficial differences, human beings truly are all the same at a fundamental level. People have much more in common than anything that divides us. In turn, that understanding contributes to the cooperation and social connection that can help more kids work together toward the greater good.
Also visit our PeacePage: www.thehumanityproject.com/peacepage