To Get Respect, Give Respect

The Humanity Club at Morrow Elementary

The Humanity Project believes that for people to get respect, they first must give respect. Always, in every situation, unconditionally. That doesn’t mean being weak. It means treating every human being as just that: a human being.

We teach this to our kids as well as to parents busy raising their own children. And it applies in the schools, online, on the roads. Everywhere.

During the Humanity Club presentation on respect: a Native American tale

On November 16, our Humanity Club at Morrow Elementary School in North Lauderdale, Florida demonstrated for nearly 400 of their classmates, grades K - 5, what respect really means. It was a huge success! Through interactive exercises, skits, music, videos and more, our amazing group of 10 Humanity Club all-girl student leaders marked the path toward a more respectful learning environment. Their classmates were receptive and now many of them will take part in ongoing art projects and contests focused on respect — even a Garden of Respect that the Humanity Project will build for the school with students closely involved in both planning and execution. That garden will be funded in part by a new grant from Children’s Services Council of Broward County and we’ll tell you more about it next month.

During Text-4-RESPECT

That same day, the Humanity Project also led a Text-4-RESPECT campaign, with students at Morrow and other schools as well as nonprofit partners texting #respect at noon local time. This was intended as a follow up to the morning Humanity Club program … and as a tribute to the great Aretha Franklin, who passed away in August. In Detroit, Ms. Franklin’s church where she began singing (and her father was longtime preacher) even joined the event. As did nonprofits and individuals from as far away as Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, New Jersey and many other spots.

All this took place on the 10th anniversary of the day when the Humanity Project led the Thousand Youth March for Humanity: November 16, 2008. That was the nation’s first mass children’s march against bullying with more than 2,100 participants. And it’s the reason the week of November 16 each year is antibullying week in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in the United States.

Yes, we do believe that to get respect, we must each give respect. It’s encouraging that so many of our young students agree, don’t you think?

Humanity Club: Respect ... & Fun

Take a look through these pics, snapped just yesterday as we write this blog. They will tell you all you need to know about our Humanity Club at Morrow Elementary School in North Lauderdale, Florida.

Well, not ALL you need to know. But a lot anyway.

You can see in them our great student leaders, having lots of laughs as they learn how to teach lessons of respect to the entire Morrow student population. Through these girls, the Humanity Project promotes respect for all, the value of diversity, the importance of self-worth … as well as gender equality. Girls in leadership roles. Our program is effective, engaging and downright fun. See for yourself — just check out more photos below. Thanks!

Wow! New Website 4 Parents Of Teen Drivers!

Please don’t spend a lot of time reading this blog, OK? We’re going to keep it very brief …

Why? So instead you can spend some time exploring our brand new resource: “The Humanity Project 4 Parents.” It’s a fun, funny and educational website for parents of teen drivers, an interactive online workshop that teaches rather than preaches. You’ll see what we mean if you check it out: Visit the new thp4parents website!

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The site was made possible by generous funding from our great friends, and very good neighbors, at State Farm. At you’ll find the information and tools to help you make sure your teen driver comes home in one piece — and you do too. It’s all about #respectontheroads … So yes, head over to the new site now, if you would be so kind. And please pass along the link to some parents who can use it.

Something Special On TV (and in a podcast too)

The Humanity Project has been featured many times on television, radio and online. Our latest offerings come to you by way of a 15-minute television segment with Humanity Project Founder Bob Knotts, hosted by Miami broadcast personality, Tamara G.

You’ll hear discussions about our programs, especially our antibullying efforts. And some thoughts about the bullying so prevalent in today’s society. Click here to watch the program on Facebook.

We also have posted a new podcast, A Special Day Of Helping. It’s a discussion mainly focused on the annual national holiday called Good Neighbor Day, started in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter. Our guest is Jose Soto, a wonderful friend of the community and a top State Farm official in Florida. Jose also is a close friend of the Humanity Project and a frequent guest on our popular podcast. Click here to listen to the podcast on this website.

We think you’ll enjoy both shows. And we hope you’ll pass along the links to your friends and family. As always, we appreciate you letting others know about our free programs and materials. Thank you!

UNICEF Report: School Bullying Is Rampant Worldwide

Bullying is worse, not better. But there is hope. 

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, just released a major report on childhood bullying worldwide. It found that about half of children ages 13 to 15 throughout the globe say they have experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school. That's 150 million kids. As one UNICEF official who contributed to the report said, "Schools are not as safe as they should be because of bullying, because of corporal punishment by teachers, because of attacks on schools." The report adds that the estimated monetary cost of violence against children in all countries is $7 trillion.

However, the same UNICEF official noted that more children are speaking out against bullying and more teachers are being trained to deal with it. "We have reasons to be optimistic that violence will be recognized as a problem in schools and addressed soon," she said. Self-reported peer violence stands at around 50% in most of the nations studied -- with the U.S. rate slightly lower at 48%. The report is based on data from 122 countries, which are home to 51% of the world's population of children ages 13 to 15.

At the Humanity Project, we see this major report as more proof of the need for increased efforts of all kinds to stop school bullying. We have sensed a growing misunderstanding of the issue in the United States in recent months, a feeling that the serious problem of school bullying is less common now than before. Some folks seem to feel we've won that war. In fact, school bullying is more common today, according to U.S.-based studies and anecdotal reports. These include recent discussions by Humanity Project officials with school administrators, teachers and counselors. LGBTQ students are among the most frequent targets, a school population that is disproportionately bullied. The Southern Poverty Law Center says research consistently shows that “virtually every LGBT student experiences bullying at school.”

The Humanity Project's acclaimed Antibullying Through The Arts and Humanity Club programs have been shown to be effective in helping to curb school bullying -- but in the past several months, we have received somewhat less funding than in 2017 to deliver these free programs to schools and organizations that need them. In light of the new UNICEF report, we are hopeful these funds will be restored soon as more people recognize that bullying hasn't ended in the schools. And that our work as a society to stop school bullying is far, far from over. 

Did You Know ... (Some surprising facts about us)

We are very proud of our organization. The Humanity Project helps kids to help kids (and sometimes parents) through our innovative programs that teach respect in many areas of daily life, including at school, at home and on the road. But did you know these cool facts about the Humanity Project?

  • We are almost 13-years-old! (November is our birthday.)
  • Our Board of Directors and Leadership Council both boast folks with some impressive experience! (See for yourself by opening the "Meet The Team" tab on our website menu.)
  • We created, organized and led the nation's first mass children's march against bullying! (Yep, November 2008. Here's a link to a video that shows the amazing event: Watch the video!)
  • We have nine active social media pages, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube!
  • In addition to our main website, we also operate two more websites, with a third on the way! ( ... ... and soon a website just for parents of teen drivers.)
  • Our thp4kids site includes a 24-hour professionally staffed hotline in partnership with organizations such as Covenant House and Boys Town!
  • Our sponsors are loyal year after year and include many significant organizations from the business and nonprofit worlds, including State Farm, Google, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Our Fund, Children's Services Council of Broward County and many others! 
  • We have a PeacePage on our website with contributions from nonprofits and individuals on every continent, including Antarctica! It beautifully conveys real aspects of our common humanity: Visit the PeacePage.
  • We teach the importance of respect, diversity and self-worth through arts-based programs, each with all-original materials including music, videos, roleplaying, games and other engaging elements!

There's much more to know about the Humanity Project. But we thought these tidbits might be of interest for now. We encourage you to explore our websites and social media -- and to learn more about our free programs. And please consider joining our efforts to make this world a more respectful place. 

Welcoming Our Latest Sponsor

Today we officially welcome our new sponsor, Bennett Intellectual Property. The community-minded owner is attorney Allen F. Bennett and, as you might assume, his specialty is intellectual property law. We are very glad Allen has joined our growing family of impressive sponsors.

Allen is the reason that the Humanity Project is now the Humanity Project® ... That small R in the center of a circle actually is a very big deal. It means that our name is formally protected under U.S. trademark law -- and no one can use it without our permission. We are THE Humanity Project from now on. Allen Bennett handled this important legal case for us pro bono and so joined the Humanity Project family. 

We surely can recommend Allen's work. He was efficient and effective as our representative as well as unfailingly pleasant in all our interactions. He got the job done right and got it done as quickly as possible. What more can you ask of a lawyer? So yes, we welcome Allen F. Bennett, Attorney at Law, to the Humanity Project® , We are proud to have him on our side. 

Back To School!

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Just look at those happy kids! Wouldn't it be lovely if all children could feel this way? At the Humanity Project, helping children to live healthy, happy and productive lives is our mission. And much of our work happens in the schools. 

Even before the 2018-19 school year has started, the Humanity Project has been in South Florida schools in a big way. This includes our August 2nd Back-to-School event at Morrow Elementary School, where we'll work to create an environment of respect among all students throughout this academic year. The Morrow event was a huge success, sponsored by our good friends at Children's Services Council of Broward County. Just check out some of the photos, most of them taken by our own Leadership Council member, Keith Spencer. Thanks, Keith, CSC Broward, Morrow Elementary -- and the dozen or so Humanity Project staffers and volunteers who helped out. We can't wait for the first school bell of 2018 to ring!

A very happy child ... 

Hundreds of kids and parents attended the big Morrow event

Some sticky fun for kids

One of the wonderful families at Morrow

Our "Relay 4 Respect" at Morrow Elementary

Respect, At Our Core

Respect is at the center of everything the Humanity Project does, at the core of all we try to offer kids and parents. If you look over our home page carefully, you'll find respect among our three stated organizational values: Respect. Diversity. Self-worth. 

And when you stop to think about those three concepts, they all amount to the same thing in a way. Both an appreciation of diversity and an embrace of self-worth also require respect at their foundation. To seek diversity first requires respecting other individuals, other groups, other nations. We must understand the importance of seeking out the experiences of a wide variety of people from many places and many backgrounds. Similarly, self-worth obviously is just another form of respect. Respect for ourselves, our intrinsic value as individual human beings. 

When you put the three values together as we do at the Humanity Project, they provide the basis for action that promotes and teaches respect in all its forms.  Respect, as a key to improving life for everyone on Planet Earth. We hope you'll join our work by contacting us to express support. Or by volunteering with us. By starting a Humanity Project chapter in your community, maybe. Or by donating to our important efforts. Respect is the value at our core here at the Humanity Project, underlying all our free programs and free materials. Take a look for yourself by exploring this website. Then, please, help us spread the word ...

Our Fund: A Cause For Hope

Some hope is much needed at the moment. Many days the world can appear in utter chaos. And here at home our nation struggles with deep political divisions: we witness attacks on LGBTQ rights, we watch authorities separating children from immigrant parents, we hear politicians raising serious doubts about news accounts that are highly accurate. And much more. It's easy to wonder if there are as many good people as in the past, the folks who are truly focused on making our society more compassionate and just. 

There are. That's the good news -- and yes, you can believe us.

A case in point is the amazing LGBTQ community foundation, Our Fund. This fine organization works daily to get adequate funding for important causes that benefit the LGBTQ community. These causes include the Humanity Project. Our Antibullying Through The Arts and Humanity Club programs directly help LGBTQ youth by preventing bullying in and out of school. You see, LGBTQ youth are disproportionately bullied, far more as a group than most other populations of kids. And this emotional and physical violence has an enormous effect on those children later in life, as studies repeatedly have shown. 

Our Fund's great CEO, David Jobin, and his talented team are working with the Humanity Project to help change this situation, improving life for many LGBTQ youth. Indeed Our Fund is among the Humanity Project's major sponsors and just renewed its commitment to our kids through a generous new grant. We are deeply grateful! Because we cooperate so closely with Our Fund we know how dedicated this community foundation is to causes that matter, finding significant financial support for those causes from people who care about a better world. We are, as always, honored to be part of the Our Fund family -- a remarkable group of agencies, staffers, volunteers and philanthropists. We hope you may consider joining all of us. Our Fund is, truly, a cause for hope. 

Helping Us To Help Them

We're very pleased to announce a wonderful, and very tasty, new fundraiser being held for the Humanity Project. Bona Italian Restaurant in Wilton Manors, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale, will host us on Monday, June 11 -- and a full 10% of the evening's proceeds will go to help Humanity Project antibullying programs. Bona Italian Restaurant is a public-spirited establishment that regularly offers its patrons a chance to assist local nonprofits through "Give Back Mondays." We are honored and we are grateful for this opportunity. 

Appropriately for Pride Month, the fundraiser runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday in one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the United States. Here's the address: Bona Italian Restaurant, 2468 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. You'll find their website at The LGBTQ population is disproportionately bullied in the schools and the Humanity Project's Antibullying Through The Arts and Humanity Club programs are proven effective in preventing bullying behavior. Our organization also is sponsored by several LGBTQ organizations including Our Fund. We are staunch allies, colleagues and friends of the LGBTQ community. 

If you'd like to donate to the Humanity Project, or hold your own fundraiser to support our programs, please just go to the Contact page on this website and get in touch. We would welcome your help. Which, of course, allows us to help many more of them -- our kids. 

Let's Talk Auto Safety

We've posted a new podcast -- and it might just help you prevent an auto crash. So we'll keep this blog post very brief today. Instead, we hope you'll go listen to our conversation with Jose Soto, a community affairs specialist from State Farm, and Doreen Cannon, a longtime State Farm agent. Go to the podcast page. 

You'll hear a discussion about auto safety for teens and parents, something the folks at State Farm know more than a little about. As do we here at the Humanity Project, where we created the I Care safe driving program for teens and their parents. Check out the podcast. The guests are interesting, the talk is informative. And of course, as always, the podcast is free to download. We think you'll enjoy it.