Bob Knotts | September 23, 2013
Last week the Humanity Project returned to the kids! Each autumn we take our acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program into elementary schools around South Florida … and we continue delivering this program to students right through the end of the school year in the spring. On September 20, lots of students at Endeavor Primary Learning Center in Lauderhill, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale, got to enjoy our first presentations of the 2013-2014 academic year. And they had the opportunity to learn an important lesson too: “Bullying hurts everyone in this school … and it takes everyone to stop it!” That is the mantra that’s repeated and demonstrated throughout our program. We’re told that the 400 kids who saw Anti-bullying Through The Arts last week were attentive and responsive, just as the students were last year when we visited
Bob Knotts | September 17, 2013
If you’ve never listened to our free Humanity Project Podcast, now is a good time to start. Because you’ll hear a conversation with a remarkable woman: Lotsy Dotsy, otherwise known as Linda Herbert. She is the longtime clown at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in South Florida, where the Humanity Project is headquartered. As you can imagine, our chat with Lotsy is both touching and inspiring. And it comes at a good time. That’s because Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is sponsoring the work of the Humanity Project for the third consecutive year now. And we are very grateful.
Bob Knotts | September 9, 2013
The Humanity Project is very pleased to announce a new friend today. The Fred Gellert Family Foundation has joined our impressive list of sponsors and community partners. This fine foundation, in their own words, “funds innovative programs that encourage a sustainable quality of life for present and future generations.” Of course, innovation is among the qualities for which the Humanity Project is best known. Indeed the words “innovative programs” are written into our mission statement. We believe that the Fred Gellert Family Foundation is a wonderful match for our efforts — and that we can help further the important goals established by the Fred Gellert Family Foundation.
Bob Knotts | August 12, 2013
The Humanity Project took part in a fun family event this past weekend: Baby Love & Family Expo. It was put on by our wonderful sponsor and partner, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. You see here a photo of our volunteer, Gwendolyn Lai, helping one of the many kids who stopped by our booth at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center on Saturday.
Bob Knotts | August 5, 2013
The Humanity Project is a proud member of the Team Up To Stop Bullying coalition, a group of groups, really. It was put together by the long-respected Sears brand, which also is a Humanity Project sponsor. So we want to tell you about a promotion going on from August 11 through September 7. If you visit your local Sears store during that time, you can help the Humanity Project and the other fine organizations that work to stop bullying around the United States. Just purchase the denim sports bag you see in this photo. The cost is only $5 and Sears will donate $1 of the purchase price to Team Up to Stop Bullying.
Bob Knotts | July 29, 2013
We’ve all earned a little time to chill during another hot summer. For the Humanity Project, the school year is a busy period — and the coming 2013-2014 session looks like no exception. So as we end July, we decided to do something we’ve never done. Here are some of the memorable pics from major moments in the Humanity Project’s nearly eight-year history. They’re fun, engaging and just right for a warm summer day. Thanks so much for taking a look.
site administrator | July 6, 2013
(Editor’s Note: This blog was written 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.) Imagine if we were number one. No, not number one in military spending (which we are). Not number one in incarceration rates (which we are as well). What if, instead of these things, the U.S. became hyper-focused on becoming the most peaceful nation on earth? The recently released 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI) placed the U.S.100th out of 162 countries. That’s not so spectacular.
Bob Knotts | June 9, 2013
Yes, we have a whole new website created by kids … for kids! From the Humanity Project. It is a website intended specifically to serve a largely ignored population of special children: socially isolated middle school kids, including many LGBT students. The site is called thp4kids (“The Humanity Project 4 Kids”) and you’ll find it at this link: http://thp4kids.com It has been under development by talented students at a Florida magnet school for two years, with intensive work during the 2012-2013 school year thanks to a generous grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.
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.