Bob Knotts | August 4, 2012
On August 1, a new national anti-bullying website went online — with the Humanity Project as a core member. The respected Sears retail chain has organized a new Internet destination for families who deal with bullying issues. You’ll find the site at this link: Sears.com/teamup. The campaign is called “Team Up to Stop Bullying.” The home page offers links to uplifting stories about anti-bullying campaigns, statistics about bullying — even a help line to call for assistance. (That number is 1-855-201-2121. Or you can text 20121 with the keyword “121help.”) A bit lower on the page, you’ll find a link to the Humanity Project and other anti-bullying organizations at the “Team Up Member Directory”: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/dap_10153_12607_DAP_anti-bullying-member-directory?adCell=W3 . The Humanity Project was among the nonprofits groups contacted originally by Sears when they began to plan this new website and we’re among 50 or so groups around the country now listed by Sears.
site administrator | July 5, 2012
(Editor’s Note: The following piece was written by Dr. Laura Finley, who sits on the Humanity Project Board of Directors. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University. Dr. Finley wrote this article for the Humanity Project.)
Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. What do these three notorious men have in common? Obviously, all three were horrific serial killers. Also important, however, is that all three were bullied in school.
Bob Knotts | June 21, 2012
Hard to believe it’s already summer vacation for the schools. But we all know how quickly these summers come and go. So we’re hoping you’ll talk to your school now — and suggest they bring the Humanity Project anti-bullying program to their kids in the fall. Remember, it’s a totally free program for elementary school students. Our sponsors and partners and members subsidize the cost.
Bob Knotts | June 9, 2012
For many decades, Sears has been a brand that people all over America know and trust. So the Humanity Project was pleased when the Sears home office contacted us recently to ask that we join their new national anti-bullying initiative called, “Team Up To Stop Bullying.” As the folks at Sears wrote to us, “I’m contacting you on behalf of Sears because your organization has been identified as a key leader in the anti-bullying movement.” We believe that the Humanity Project indeed is a leader, both here in South Florida and nationally.
Bob Knotts | April 30, 2012
We were back at it just today. on a rainy Monday morning as I post this blog. Less than two hours ago, we were finishing up our latest Humanity Project in-school session. This time, we were in the elementary schools again to teach our highly praised Anti-bullying Through The Arts program to hundreds of kids at Plantation Elementary in Plantation, Florida. This community is a large suburb of Fort Lauderdale, right between Miami and West Palm Beach. The kids were great! We gave our program to every child in the school: pre-K through grade 5.
The Humanity Project’s Gabriela Pinto talks with Plantation Elementary kids before our programThey enjoyed it, applauded it, clapped with our music and laughed at our jokes. More importantly, we’re sure they will remember our important lessons. And we’ll soon have the pre-post test scores back, results that in the past have proven that the young kids learned from our program
Bob Knotts | April 23, 2012
The Humanity Project loves all our sponsors and community partners. They make our work possible because we don’t charge for our programs. So we’re very pleased to announce that highly respected Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has renewed their sponsorship of the Humanity Project for 2012. We’ve been working on the same team with the good folks at JDCH for a year now. And with each exposure to their efforts, we’re increasingly impressed.
Bob Knotts | April 15, 2012
The Humanity Project is proud to be part of the national anti-bullying movement. So much so, in fact, that our organization was recently contacted by the home office of Sears, requesting that the Humanity Project take part in a new national anti-bullying campaign by the retail chain. As they wrote to us, “I’m contacting you on behalf of Sears because your organization been identified as key leader in the anti-bullying movement.” It’s true — and our innovative program really works. We think it’s important, then, to add our voice to the widespread commentary on the movie, “Bully.” To us, this film is a gamechanger in the anti-bullying campaign. Why? Because it is the first major cultural medium to tackle this topic so forcefully and movingly.
Bob Knotts | March 30, 2012
I remember walking into the Broward County Public Schools headquarters in the winter of 2008. This is the sixth largest school district in the United States and at the time they were just developing an anti-bullying policy. The district was leading efforts by all school districts in Florida to comply with a new statewide anti-bullying law. Think about that — only four years ago. In my conversation with the two smart women who ran the Broward County Anti-bullying Task Force, I said, “The Humanity Project program will be intended to help students understand one basic idea: bullying is not cool! …”
Bob Knotts | March 16, 2012
Talk about persistence! The Humanity Project’s Anti-bullying Through The Arts program is now four years old. More than 9,000 young children have been part of this program to date. We have watched school bullying change from a social issue that was on the sidelines into a topic that’s very much the center of attention. We’re gratified to see this shift in attitudes. And we are proud that our program has been proven over time, as have some other fine anti-bullying programs of longstanding merit. The Humanity Project has years of empirical data to back up our claims — and the praise of many teachers and guidance counselors as well.
site administrator | January 19, 2012
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: As a new Board Member for the Humanity Project, I wanted to offer a short piece on an area in which I have some expertise. That is the connection between dating and domestic violence and bullying.