site administrator | December 12, 2013
(Editor’s Note: This blog was written especially for the Humanity Project, offering a student perspective on bullying — with solid advice that is useful for both adults and youthful readers.) By Esther Calixte, Barry University. Growing up I personally experienced bullying. When I was in grade school I was constantly bullied by other kids because of my weight. I always told the teacher but she never believed me. The teacher always told me, “You’re big enough to defend yourself.” I was bullied verbally and sometimes physically. The kids would push me and laugh at me, and when I fell, they would tease me even more. …
Bob Knotts | November 27, 2013
Our blog today is going to be brief. Mostly because I hope you’ll go to the YouTube link and check this out for yourself. I’d rather have you do that than read lots of text. Here’s the link: Click here! And here’s what you’ll see: The Humanity Project’s clever original hand sign to help stop bullying. It’s part of our highly acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program, which we teach to kids in grades K – 5. So yes, this is for elementary school children. We came up with the idea in 2010 as a memory aid to reinforce our main message: “Bullying hurts everyone in this school … and it takes everyone to stop it!”
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 | 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.
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.
Bob Knotts | December 8, 2011
The Humanity Project believes in humanity, despite all the ills of our modern world. But we are not in any way a political or religious group. We take no position on matters of domestic or foreign politics. Still, some issues transcend politics — and we feel one of those is the struggle by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to be treated as full human beings. The Humanity Project’s anti-bullying program teaches that bullying any student hurts every student and the LGBT debate ties in with the issue of bullying.
Bob Knotts | May 24, 2011
We’ve just received the empirical test results for our recent Anti-bullying Through The Arts program at Heron Heights Elementary. They are typical of the kind of results our all-original anti-bullying program has been getting during the entire two years we’ve been presenting it to the kids. At Heron Heights, less than half the students (about 48%) BEFORE our program understood basic anti-bullying concepts: that bullying hurts everyone in the school and it takes everyone to stop it. AFTER our 40-minute program, almost all the students (about 97%) understood those ideas. And this was before teachers began to use our books as follow up materials in their classrooms. That’s a big change in a short time.
Bob Knotts | May 21, 2011
The Humanity Project’s Anti-bullying Through The Arts program just concluded the 2010-2011 school year with another successful presentation. This time we went to Heron Heights Elementary School in Parkland, Florida, where we worked with 410 delightful kids. They were a good crowd, respectful and receptive to our ideas about using cooperation and social connection to discourage bullying.
Bob Knotts | May 13, 2011
We were very interested to read a newspaper report this week about bullying. As you know, the Humanity Project is not just an anti-bullying group but our innovative Anti-bullying Through The Arts program reaches thousands of kids, teaching them how to use cooperation and social connection as tools to help stop bullying in their schools. The newspaper article was headlined, “Bullying often underreported.” It was based on information in Florida, which passed a strong anti-bullying law three years ago. But doubtless the same reality would apply in most, if not all, states in the U.S. That reality, as outlined in the story, is this: we don’t really know how bad the bullying problem is.
Bob Knotts | April 5, 2011
On Saturday, April 9, the Humanity Project will partner with many other great organizations in South Florida to help prevent child abuse. Actually, we’ve been part of this multi-agency effort since late last year. Called Broward AWARE, the campaign aims to raise awareness about many aspects of this horrendous problem.