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 | 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.
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 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 | October 19, 2012
(Editor’s Note: Kayla Doyle is a junior at South Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida and president of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. She wrote this blog especially for the Humanity Project. We have posted it to coincide with Spirit Day, when Americans wear purple to show their opposition to bullying and support for LGBT youth.) Many of you may have heard of a girl named Amanda Todd. She was a high school student in Canada who was bullied to death. Literally. I came to know the story of Amanda through a Facebook page made in her memory.
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.
Bob Knotts | August 31, 2012
Just a brief blog today to let our friends know that the Humanity Project is off to a flying start in this new 2012-2013 school year. In only the first week of classes, we presented our highly respected Anti-bullying Through The Arts program to nearly 1,000 kids. Well, 990 to be exact. The photo you see was snapped during our visit to Park Trails Elementary School in Parkland, Florida. Nice group of kids, teachers and administrators … We enjoyed our presentations there. Now we’re lining up more schools for this busy fall semester here in South Florida, where we’re based. But we also will be exporting our program to the Chicago school system in a few months.