Bob Knotts | June 1, 2013
The Humanity Project is proud to be part of the LGBT equal rights movement. We have spoken out about lesbian gay bisexual and transgender issues in this space and elsewhere — and increasingly this cause has become folded into our existing and new programs. Our highly regarded Anti-bullying Through The Arts program always has had a common bond with efforts to end bullying against LGBT students. Now we’re almost ready to launch a new website for socially isolated middle school students, including many LGBT students: thp4kids … “The Humanity Project 4 Kids.” We also meet regularly with an alliance of South Florida nonprofits that work to make life better for the LGBT community.
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 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 | 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 | 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 | November 30, 2012
Just a brief blog today to let you know that the Humanity Project is still on the job, even though we’re well into the holidays. One of our key programs, of course, is the acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts. We continue presenting these valuable lessons to elementary school kids at a record pace this semester. We began only four days after the start of school in August and we’ll wrap things up for 2012 on December 12th, only seven school days before the end of the semester.
Bob Knotts | November 16, 2012
The Humanity Project is seven years old … and counting. On November 3, 2005, we were incorporated as a nonprofit group with the state of Florida. Less than a year later, on September 26, 2006, we received our all-important IRS certification as a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to literary and educational purposes. Since then, we’ve gone through a lot of key changes.
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 | October 27, 2012
The Humanity Project applauds the brave efforts of Malala Yousafzai to improve the lives of women. And we also feel inspired to re-double our own work to combat bullying and intimidation and violence in any form. Now we have a new and important partner in this endeavor. The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is the Humanity Project’s newest sponsor — and we are honored by their support.
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.